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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Lincoln County sheriff's deputies have charged a woman with taking more than $4,000 from her employer. Deputies say 33-year-old Meghan Black Cook of Maiden is accused of taking the money from a Walmart store in Denver (NC) over a four-month period. Cook faces a single embezzlement charge.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists.

Half of the 4,011 high-risk facilities on the Homeland Security Department's watch list are in 10 states, including North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Board of Elections has set a special filing period for three North Carolina judicial seats. Candidates may file during regular business hours at the board's office in Raleigh, beginning at noon Friday and ending at noon Aug. 8.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard 5th District is emphasizing safety on the water following 40 drownings that occurred from northern New Jersey to southern North Carolina this summer. The Coast Guard says that of the 40 boating- or swimming-related deaths, 34 people were not wearing lifejackets.

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