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Ex-Fort Bragg soldier sentenced to 29 years in prison for teen's death

stripes.com — LILLINGTON, N.C. (Tribune News Service) - Christopher Roger Blackett, a former Fort Bragg soldier, has agreed to a plea deal in the death of Vincent Edwin Carlisle II that will keep him behind bars until after his 49th birthday. Blackett, 25, appeared this morning in Harnett County Superior Court before Judge Winston Gilchrist.

Meet Kris Poppe: High-profile Army defense lawyer now works in Fayetteville

fayobserver.com — The most-frustrating case for one of the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg community's newest lawyers was the 2013 court-martial of the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan. Hasan was an Army major who in 2009 shot and killed 13 soldiers and civilians and wounded another 32 at Fort Hood, Texas.

In governor race, McCrory and Cooper make their case to business leaders

fayobserver.com — PINEHURST - Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper this morning each tried to persuade Raleigh business leaders to vote for them in the November governor's election. Republican McCrory and Democrat Cooper each made a speech at the Summer Leadership Conference of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, which is being held in Pinehurst.

Clinton's VP candidate Kaine campaigns in Fayetteville on jobs and military support

fayobserver.com — A Hillary Clinton administration would jump-start job creation and take care of the military community, Democratic vice president candidate Tim Kaine promised during his campaign stop Tuesday in Fayetteville. Kaine also made jabs at GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump before a friendly crowd of about 350 in the Orangery of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

VP nominees: Important to do the candidates' 'dirty work'

fayobserver.com — Vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence likely will have little influence on whom voters pick for president, two political scientists said on Monday, but they are important on the campaign trail. Kaine, the running mate of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, will visit Fayetteville on Tuesdayafternoon.

Capitol Affairs: Decision to nullify N.C. districts will energize some Democratic candidates

fayobserver.com — Thursday's federal court decision that nullified 28 of North Carolina's state House and Senate districts will energize some Democratic legislative candidates, Republican political consultant Larry Shaheen of Charlotte predicted. His was one of several early assessments and expressions of concern by insiders from both parties on the blockbuster ruling.

Court: NC legislature districts violate constitution

fayobserver.com — Twenty-eight of North Carolina's legislative districts are unconstitutional because they are racially gerrymandered, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled on Thursday, but the November election will use them anyway. The court said the unconstitutionally shaped districts include three in Cumberland County: Senate District 21, represented by Democratic state Sen.

Trump, Giuliani visited small business in Fayetteville before rally

fayobserver.com — In his warm-up speech for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he and Trump visited a Fayetteville sign-making business whose owners and employees have suffered because of Obamacare. That business was Allegra Print, Marketing, Signs on Sycamore Dairy Road.

State Sen. Jackson to have fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

fayobserver.com — State Sen. Brent Jackson of Sampson County and his wife, Debbie, are holding a fundraiser for Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Thursday, Aug. 11. The reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jacksons' home at 2924 Ernest Williams Road, about 8 miles northeast of Autryville.

Police want free expression and safety at Trump rally

fayobserver.com — Law enforcement and the Crown Complex entertainment center are preparing for large crowds and potential clashes between protesters and supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump during his Fayetteville visit Tuesday. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office will handle security inside the Crown arena, where the GOP candidate's rally is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
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Aug 26, 2016

RT @FO_Barksdale: For the 2nd time, @JohnSzoka will be unopposed for @NCLeg, after local Dems failed to nominate someone. https://t.co/W9gV2PN6Nl

Aug 26, 2016

RT @parksrecreation: The Town of Linden and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony...  http://fb.me/1ksoAj8NS 

Aug 26, 2016

RT @DrewBrooks: .@aacraft and I are following the 21st Special Tactics Squadron today for a maritime jump off the Florida coast. https://t.co/TSAd5QdYPn

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