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Valedictorians from across Wake County’s high schools gather for a group photo after being recognized during a school board meeting May 1.
Valedictorians from across Wake County’s high schools gather for a group photo after being recognized during a school board meeting May 1.

Here are five of our best local stories this week that you might have missed.

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Valedictorians from across Wake County’s high schools gather for a group photo after being recognized during a school board meeting May 1.

These Wake County valedictorians are the last of their kind. That honor is going away.

After this year, the Wake County schools will no longer name valedictorians. The decision, made two years ago, sparked a national uproar. These students are the last to earn the honor. Read more.

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A certified midwife measures an expectant mother's tummy during a prenatal checkup. Certified professional midwives in North Carolina are trying to win the right to attend to pregnant women and assist in deliveries, particularly in home births.

These midwives are illegal in NC. They want the right to deliver your baby at home.

Midwives who are prohibited by state law from delivering babies in North Carolina are renewing their perennial fight to win the right to work here. Read more.



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Wake County Commission District 7 challenger Vickie Adamson, left, and incumbent John Burns

Discord grows in Wake commissioner race, with an election complaint and claims of bullying

The contentious Democratic primary for Wake County commissioner seats intensified Friday, with a complaint filed with the Board of Elections against four challengers and an incumbent being accused of threatening behavior. Read more.

'This was built for the ages.' Raleigh celebrates new Union Station.

Hundreds of people gathered in the great hall of Raleigh's new train station on Monday morning as politicians and state and federal transportation officials celebrated the culmination of an idea more than eight years in the making. Read more.

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Jim Merrill is congratulated by well-wishers after being sworn in as superintendent during a Wake County school board meeting at the Wake County Public School System's Central Services building in Cary on Aug. 6, 2013. Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com

Former Wake Superintendent Jim Merrill's pension could cost taxpayers an extra $351,992

Former Wake County schools Superintendent Jim Merrill's retirement could cost county taxpayers an additional $350,000 as the school system fights the state over whether the pension was spiked. Read more.

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