27 Facts About North Carolina

1. North Carolina man's runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid.

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2. North Carolina has a new bank for the first time in a decade.

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3. North Carolina is holding elections for 13 US House seats, one state supreme court seat, three state appellate court seats, all 50 state senate seats, and all 120 state house seats.

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4. North Carolina offers $5,000 additional reward in search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar.

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5. North Carolina permits no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.

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6. North Carolina has large grazing areas for beef and dairy cattle.

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7. North Carolina has rich traditions in art, music, and cuisine.

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8. Along with its public universities, North Carolina has 58 public community colleges in its community college system.

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9. North Carolina Schools were segregated until the Brown v Board of Education trial and the release of the Pearsall Plan.

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10. In 2012, North Carolina was again considered a competitive swing state, with the Democrats even holding their 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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11. North Carolina has 13 seats in the US House of Representatives and two seats in the US Senate.

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12. Government of North Carolina is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.

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13. North Carolina has a growing passenger rail system with Amtrak serving most major cities.

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14. North Carolina has 15 metropolitan areas, and in 2010 was chosen as the third-best state for business by Forbes Magazine, and the second-best state by Chief Executive Officer Magazine.

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15. North Carolina is the leading US state in production of flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes, and comes second in the farming of pigs and hogs, trout, and turkeys.

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16. North Carolina leads the nation in the production of tobacco, textiles, and furniture.

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17. North Carolina has three major Combined Statistical Areas with populations of more than 1.6 million:.

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18. North Carolina is home to a spectrum of different dialects of Southern American English and Appalachian English.

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19. North Carolina consists of three main geographic regions: the Atlantic coastal plain, occupying the eastern portion of the state; the central Piedmont region, and the Mountain region in the west, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains.

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20. North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina on the south, Georgia on the southwest, Tennessee on the west, Virginia on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

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21. The largest battle fought in North Carolina was at Bentonville, which was a futile attempt by Confederate General Joseph Johnston to slow Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's advance through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865.

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22. In 1860, North Carolina was a slave state, in which one-third of the population was enslaved.

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23. North Carolina was hard hit by the Great Depression, but the New Deal programs of Franklin D Roosevelt for cotton and tobacco significantly helped the farmers.

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24. On May 20, 1861, North Carolina was the last of the Confederate states to declare secession from the Union, 13 days after the Tennessee legislature voted for secession.

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25. North Carolina made the smallest per-capita contribution to the war of any state, as only 7,800 men joined the Continental Army under General George Washington; an additional 10,000 served in local militia units under such leaders as General Nathanael Greene.

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26. North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies and with the territory of South Carolina was originally known as the Province of North-Carolina.

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27. North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous of the US states.

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