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Several new laws take effect in North Carolina on Thursday

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Levent Konuk

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.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.