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

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(AP) - Millions of dollars in health insurance rebates will be coming to consumers in North Carolina from companies the government says spent too much of premium dollars on profits and red tape last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data Thursday showing North Carolina refunds will total more than $8 million to 182,000 consumers.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill changing how counties impose sales taxes beyond what the state collects.The Senate voted Thursday to limit nearly all of the state's 100 counties to a local sales- and use-tax of 2.5 percent, including large urban counties that are currently allowed to raise the sales tax to 2.75 percent.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Fort Bragg officials say a construction worker was killed when a trench fell in on him as he was installing pipes. Spokesman Adam Luther said the unidentified man was in a trench near the Ammunition Supply Point near the Pope Army Air Field side of the post on Thursday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is inviting former athletes who left before completing coursework to return and earn their degrees. Chancellor Carol Folt says the "Complete Carolina" program will start the readmission process for the former athletes, and then provide both academic and career counseling.

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