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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 6:00 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Talk about a royal flush! A clogged pipe at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino has led to the discovery of $2.7 million in counterfeit poker chips that had been flushed down a toilet. Authorities say a Fayetteville, N.C., man sneaked fake chips into a poker tournament at Atlantic City's Borgata casino, leading to the cancellation of one of its events last week.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials are warning that North Carolina has about two weeks to make significant progress on its massive backlog of food stamp applications or face losing millions in funding. In a sternly worded letter sent Thursday, officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave state Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos until Feb. 10 to meet three milestones, including completing all applications pending more than 90 days.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's T.J. Warren has thrived all season despite facing defenses geared to stop him. The sophomore is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring by a big margin and is the top scorer among all power-conference teams. He can make putting the ball in the basket look easy with his versatility for Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack heading into Sunday's game against Georgia Tech.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina business leaders, educators and elected officials have given Gov. Pat McCrory what's billed as a road map for the state's economic prosperity for the next decade. The North Carolina Economic Development Board presented its proposal Friday to McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.

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