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HICKORY — Veterans Coffee Connection, a coffee group for veterans of all ages and branches of military service, will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Outback Steakhouse on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard.

A new state report lays out how North Carolina can reach greenhouse-gas emissions reduction goals laid out over the next roughly quarter-century. Gov. Roy Cooper released the North Carolina Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis this week. He commissioned the report early last year. It sets out three methods by which emissions can be reduced 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero levels by 2050. The report says electricity demand will need to be higher and its production cleaner. Alternative energy from hydrogen and biofuels highlights one option, while using forestland to absorb carbon dioxide emissions is emphasized in another.

A North Carolina-based national leader of a motorcycle gang has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes. Court documents show Christopher Lamar Baker was sentenced in Wilmington federal court Thursday, more than four months after a jury convicted him of 17 counts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh says Baker was a leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, which law enforcement deems an outlaw gang for using its club for criminal enterprises. The government says the conviction was part of an ongoing organized crime and drug enforcement operation that has led to indictments against 20 people.

Legislators have filed bills in the N.C. House and Senate in response to the attacks, including a measure that could lead to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and liability for financial damages suffered by anyone impacted by a resulting outage.

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