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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has overridden Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that eliminates the ability of North Carolina’s largest teachers’ group to have dues deducted directly from teacher paychecks.

The House barely got enough votes early Thursday to cancel the Democratic governor’s veto, thanks to the absences of some Democratic members and Republican maneuvers. The legislation was designed to target the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Republican leadership used the bill to target the association in part because of its political activities supporting Democrats in the 2010 elections.

The General Assembly initially returned to work Wednesday to consider a Perdue veto that blocked a bill that would eliminate key provisions of the 2009 Racial Justice Act. The Senate overrode that veto, but the House didn’t have the votes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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