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Controversy over school reward program Video included

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Rewarding students in school isn't new. However, the way some schools are going about doing it have concerned some parents and grandparents. More>>

Update: Suspect identified in Subway Restaurant robbery Video included

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One man is in custody after he attempted to rob a Greenville Subway restaurant Saturday night.
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Update: 4th suspect identified in Greenville's first homicide of 2014 Video included

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The Greenville Police Department charged a fourth man in connection to a homicide near Rosemont Drive. More>>

Student assaulted, robbed on ECU campus Video included

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A female East Carolina University student was assaulted and robbed Friday night walking through campus.
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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Pitt Co. Video included

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A traffic stop landed a man behind bars in Pitt County.
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Pitt County Sheriff's Office gets grant to help DWI case backlog Video included

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The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office hopes a new grant will cut down the wait time for driving while impaired cases slated for trial.
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Man dies in tractor accident in Pitt County

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Authorities have identified the man who died in a tractor accident east of Greenville Thursday evening. More>>

Local runners to participate in the Boston Marathon Video included

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Several runners in the East will make their way up to Boston to run in the first Boston Marathon since the bombings last year. More>>

Food distribution helps families on Good Friday Video included

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The Church Outreach Network distributed food in West Greenville Friday morning.
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Update: 2 arrested in Ayden shootings, 3rd suspect sought Video included

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Two men are in jail this afternoon charged in a pair of shootings Wednesday night. More>>

Greenville looking to expand affordable housing options Video included

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The City of Greenville is looking to expand its affordable housing options. More>>

Pet Food Pantry may lose location Video included

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Helping families with pets find themselves in tough times is the mission of the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina, yet they've just hit a major road block.
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Community college math course holds some back Video included

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Some community college students across the East are afraid they won't get their degree all because of one 4-week math course. More>>

Easter Bonnet Gala raises money for furry friends

Easter Bonnet Gala raises money for furry friends

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Easter bonnets and controlling the pet population collide in tonight's community's spotlight. More>>

Pitt Co. Deputies: Need help finding suspect

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Pitt County deputies are looking for Mason Warren after he escaped arrest Monday night. More>>

Three years later, a look back at the 2011 tornado outbreak Video included

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Wednesday is the anniversary of a day many here in the east will never forget. More>>

John Edwards returns to court practicing law

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case. More>>

Groups aim to combat child abuse Video included

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Child abuse affects hundreds of children in Eastern Carolina every year. More>>

Non-emergency calls tie up 911 lines

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In the case of an emergency, when you call 911, the first voice you hear in a dispatcher.
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Residents tied up, robbed in Winterville home invasion Video included

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Winterville Police are investigating a late night home invasion. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2631 Jasmine Drive. More>>

Former Greenville patrol officer arrested Video included

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The Greenville Police Department arrested and charged a former patrol officer Tuesday following the investigation of a case he was working this year. More>>

Teddy Bear Hospital treats patients at Belvior Elementary Video included

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Kindergarten and first graders at Belvoir Elementary experienced some hands on learning this morning at the school’s ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’.
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Pitt County Senior Games Program celebrating 31st year Video included

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The Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games program held its 31st opening ceremonies at Alice F. Keene Park on Tuesday. More>>

Boston Marathon: One Year Later Video included

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On the anniversary we reflect on the 12 seconds that changed the lives of many. Among them, a Greenville woman taking part in the race. More>>

Volunteer EMS worker wins $250,000 in lottery scratch-off game

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A Martin County EMS volunteer from Pitt County wins the top prize in the $250,000 Cash Money lottery game. More>>

Celebrating animal control officers Video included

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9 On Your Side says "thank you" to the many animal control officers in Eastern North Carolina as it’s Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. More>>

9OYS helps Strive Program participants dress for success

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9 On Your Side’s Angela Green visited a classroom at the Strive Program in Greenville on Tuesday.
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ECU student picked to join Cisco 'Dream Team' in San Francisco

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An East Carolina University student has been selected as one of 10 students nationwide to serve on a “Dream Team” at an international education and training event. More>>

Surprise proposal marks ECU spring football game Video included

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The Pirate's spring football game featured a little bit of everything, big plays, big hits and one big proposal. More>>

Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games events begin Tuesday

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Tuesday the Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games Program kicks off its Local Games. More>>

Push for a human relations council Video included

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Activists are calling upon Pitt County Commissioners to ease tension in the community.  More>>

Police: Known drug dealer tried to run over police personnel

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Greenville Police catch a man after they say he tried to run officers over.  More>>

GPD calls Piratefest a success with no major incidents Video included

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The Greenville Police Department's calling Piratefest a success.
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"Superblock" changing face of Uptown Greenville Video included

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The look and feel of Uptown Greenville is changing.
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First appearances for students arrested in shooting outside Conley High Video included

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Two students arrested for firing a gun near a Pitt County high school made their first appearances in court Monday morning. More>>

Highway Patrol cracking down on distracted drivers Video included

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is cracking down on speeders and texters this week for Operation Slow Down. More>>

"Amanda" text message scam hits Eastern North Carolina Video included

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A new text message scam has reached eastern North Carolina. More>>

Grifton's Shad Festival closes out its 44th year Video included

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The 44th Shad Festival wrapped up on Sunday in Grifton.
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Police arrest two men on felony drug charges Video included

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A special operation initiative by the Bethel Police Department leads to the arrests of two accused drug dealers. More>>

Highway Patrol responds to overturned truck on highway

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Highway 264 Sunday evening.
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7th Annual Piratefest wraps up Video included

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On Saturday, the 7th Annual Piratefest wrapped up in Uptown Greenville. More>>

Crime victims sharing stories to push action Video included

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Crime victims tell their stories to Pitt County law enforcement, prosecutors and crime victims advocates who gathered at the Pitt County Courthouse to celebrate National Crime Victims Rights Week. More>>

Center City Unit ensuring extra security in Uptown Greenville Video included

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Piratefest is this weekend in Greenville. And the event is the perfect opportunity for law enforcement to showcase a first of its kind initiative, the Center City Unit. More>>

Winterville woman comes home to active break-in Video included

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We're following a developing story out of Pitt County this afternoon where a woman came home Friday morning to an active break-in. More>>

Deputies continue increased patrols at Pitt County schools Friday Video included

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Investigators say the incident took place near the school and are still searching for the suspects. More>>

Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule Video included

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On Thursday night the Greenville City Council voted to overturn the 4 unrelated rule. More>>

House candidate addresses criminal past

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A state house candidate is asking voters to look past his criminal history. More>>

Greenville City Council passes new taxes for sweepstakes machines Video included

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The city council in Greenville passed a new ordinance on Monday to tax sweepstakes parlors.The new taxes will go into effect on July 1st. More>>

"5 gallons of life" program helping save animals Video included

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Animal Control is running a program designed to help families struggling to provide water for their pets. It asked Walmart to donate 50 blue five-gallon pails to help kee animals hydrated. More>>

Stokes man arrested in peanut trailer thefts, deputies looking for trailer's owner

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The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is asking local farmers to check if they are missing a peanut trailer. More>>

Community reacts after shooting prompts school lockdown Video included

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The chairman of North Carolina's school safety task force and a parent are speaking out on the lockdown incident at D.H. Conley High School. More>>

Pitt County holds Special Olympics Spring Games Video included

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Special athletes in the area showed off their skills with a full day of competition. More>>

Original play about Abraham Lincoln heads to PCC

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Play written by PCC instructor to be performed this weekend.  More>>

Holy Week schedule from Catholic Diocese of Raleigh announced

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Bishop Michael Burbidge will be presiding over several services throughout Holy Week. More>>

Preliminary cost for canine-control ordinance surfaces Video included

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The cost of a canine control ordinance surfaced at Monday’s Pitt County Commissioners meeting and it's a significant increase.  More>>

Leo Jenkins Cancer Center a finalist for Livestrong grant Video included

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The Leo Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville is calling on you to help score a major grant. More>>

Greenville Walmart shooting suspect makes court appearance Video included

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The Greenville Walmart shooting suspect made his first in-court appearance Monday morning.
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PCC picks new mascot at bulldog beauty contest Video included

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Runners and bulldogs alike came out for the Bulldog Run and Bulldog Beauty Contest at Pitt Community College Sunday afternoon.
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Crews respond to Greenville apartment fire Video included

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Greenville Fire and Rescue responded to an apartment fire at Willoughby Park Sunday evening. More>>

Farmville ends payment plans for cemetery fees Video included

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The Town of Farmville votes to end payment plans for cemetery fees.
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An exceptional day to open baseball in Greenville Video included

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It’s was an exceptional day of baseball for some kids and adults with special needs in Pitt County.
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Police respond to overturned car at Greenville mall

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Greenville Police are responding to an accident at the Greenville mall. A car overturned on the exiting road of the mall, near Charles Blvd. 9 On Your Side is working to learn more details and will bring them to you as they become available. More>>

Relay For Life Friday in Pitt County Video included

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The year-long fundraising effort culminates in Pitt County. More>>

Greenville Utilities issue warning for customers

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Greenville Utilities are warning customers to be on the lookout for mailings. More>>

Uptown Greenville kicks off Retail Challenge Video included

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Uptown Greenville is tackling economic development in a unique way. More>>

Multiple cars vandalized in Greenville overnight Video included

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Some neighbors in the Tar River community, just north of ECU's campus, woke up to vandalized cars. More>>

New Info: Man shot in Ayden identified Video included

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Ayden police have released the name of a man shot in an apparent drive-by. More>>

Funeral home holds public forum on crematoriums Video included

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It's an issue that has some community members in Farmville asking questions, and they’re hoping that a public forum on Thursday will give those answers.
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How does the Affordable Care Act affect you? Video included

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The Affordable Care Act is changing the way health care works in the country. It's also affecting individuals and providers. More>>

‘Sold Out’ program inspires Pitt County Students

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Former pro football player Roman Gabriel III began his tour of high schools in Pitt County Thursday to promote positive choices to students. More>>

Greenville man arrested in marijuana bust

Greenville task force seizes 20 pounds of marijuana Video included

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Greenville Regional Drug Task Force and Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office seize 20 pounds of marijuana, cash, and nine firearms. More>>

Bethel mayor a trailblazer

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A trailblazer takes over the town of Bethel. Gloristine Brown's the first female and first black mayor for the town. More>>

State rep investigated for campaign finance misconduct Video included

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The State Board of Elections is investigating a state rep who's running for re-election. More>>

Pitt County Schools Dropout Rate Reaches Record Low

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The largest school system in Eastern North Carolina is reporting a record low dropout rate and decreases in crime and suspensions. Pitt County officials reported the findings as part of their 2012-13 Consolidated Data Report presented to the State Board of Education."Pitt County Schools is doing great things. We're working hard to keep our kids in school, our kids are staying in school," said Dr. Pokie Noland, Pitt County School's Director of Student Services.Officials say the dropout rate wa... More>>

Greenville Police investigate early morning shooting

New Info: 3 shot outside Greenville apartment complex Video included

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Three people are in the hospital following an early morning shooting outside a Greenville apartment complex. 
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Students respond to ECU PayScale report Video included

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Imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars on higher education and then, being told it may have been a waste of money. More>>

GPD officer says routine calls often the most dangerous Video included

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Every day, law enforcement officers, just like Officer Alexander Thalmann, put their lives on the line to protect us and keep our communities safe. More>>

Fitzgerald's to bring Irish flavor to Uptown Greenville

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A new restaurant is coming to Uptown Greenville. More>>

2-year anniversary of Hustle Mart triple murder Video included

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Tuesday marks two years since robbers stormed into the Farmville Hustle Mart and shot and killed three people. More>>

ECU's Akeem Richmond to participate in 2014 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships Video included

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GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina senior Akeem Richmond will participate in the 2014 State Farm College Slam Dunk 3-Point Championships on Thursday, April 3, at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Intersport announced Tuesday.
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Pitt County school system launching mobile app

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Pitt County Schools is launching its first ever mobile app. More>>

Vidant Health lifts flu restrictions

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Vidant Health is changing its visitor policy as flu season winds down. More>>

Sweepstakes: Legal or illegal? Video included

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Sweepstakes cafes---those small gambling houses drawing in hundreds to play Vegas-style games---law enforcement’s busted many in the East, yet others are still open.  More>>

9OYS Investigates: Trends in rural healthcare access Video included

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Lack of insurance, rising costs and scarcity of services are all challenges people living in rural communities face when it comes to healthcare. More>>

Greenville launches new bus tracking app Video included

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More than half a million people rely on Greenville’s public buses, and starting Monday, a new Smartphone app will make their lives easier. More>>

Vidant Health restructures police departments

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Vidant Health is restructuring two separate police departments and creating a Vidant Health Police Department. More>>

Yorgen named C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week Video included

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina freshman Charlie Yorgen has been named Conference USA’s Hitter-of-the-Week after helping the Pirates to a perfect 4-0 week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
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Only on WNCT.com – Hagan speaks on abortion, immigration, and marijuana

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9 On Your Side was the only camera allowed into the closed event for the senator’s entire remarks and question and answer session. More>>

All clear given after Greenville Hilton bomb threat

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Police have given the all clear after a reported bomb threat at the Hilton hotel in Greenville. More>>

North Recreational Complex to host ‘Spring Fest’

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East Carolina will host Spring Fest and the Battle of the Bands 4:30 - 8 p.m. More>>

Pee Dee plunders SportsCenter

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East Carolina University’s mascot Pee Dee the Pirate is invading ESPN studios. More>>

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  • Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

    Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:32:53 GMT
    Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.
    Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.
  • Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

    Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:13:09 GMT
    A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.
    A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.
  • Tacoma zoo's trained owl spooked, flies off

    Tacoma zoo's trained owl spooked, flies off

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:13:01 GMT
    A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.
    A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.
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