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Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to interim Carolinas News Editor Jeffrey Collins at 803-603-8675 or at jscollins@ap.org. Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

STATE BUDGET-COOPER

RALEIGH — By law Gov. Roy Cooper has until early next week to decide what to do about the North Carolina budget adjustments on his desk, but he's apparently ready to talk about them in public. Cooper scheduled a Raleigh news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the budget. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3:15 p.m. news conference.

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— PSYCHIATRIC CENTER SUSPENDED, from MARSHVILLE — State officials in North Carolina have suspended most operations at a psychiatric center after allegations of physical abuse and faulty treatment. SENT: 130 words.

— INTERSTATE WIDENING, from FAYETTEVILLE — North Carolina's senators say the U.S. Department of Transportation will award nearly $150 million for infrastructure projects across highway corridors in eastern parts of the state. SENT: 130 words.

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