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NC appeals court considers incentives lawsuit

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina appeals court is taking a new look at a lawsuit arguing the millions taxpayers spent to get a culinary and hospitality school to move to Charlotte should be repaid.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on Monday in the case that seeks to claw back about $10 million in taxpayer money state legislators gave Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.

A Wake County Superior Court judge last year dismissed the lawsuit by a conservative legal group, ruling the breaks served a legitimate public purpose of education and economic development. But the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law says the state constitution prohibits awarding special benefits to people or
companies lawmakers pick out.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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