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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office confiscated a firearm from a student at Clemmons Middle School just before dismissal on Thursday, a day that also included several false reports around the state of school shootings, including one at Parkland High School.

More severe penalties for committing certain types of arsons and large-scale thefts at stores in North Carolina are among all or portions of 10 new state laws that take effect as December begins. The legislation being implemented starting on Thursday creates new felony crimes for setting fire to a prison, an occupied commercial structure and an unoccupied commercial structure. Another law orders more serious felonies for high-priced organized thefts at retailers. And a new rule taking effect attempts to remove any enforcement gaps in domestic violence protective orders while waiting for courts to act.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s winter weather prep is going digital this year with a snow plow simulator designed to give employees more training time without getting behind the wheel of an actual vehicle.

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