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Perdue vetoes health plan, student loan bills

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed two bills, including one that would have required monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers for health insurance.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Wednesday that Perdue vetoed a proposal that would have closed a more than $500 million shortfall for the State Health Plan for the next two years. Perdue said Republican leaders left out retired workers and teachers' groups from the discussion of the bill.

Perdue also vetoed a measure that allowed community college campuses to opt out of participating in a federal student loan program. She said the bill would have denied students the opportunity to get an education.

Perdue has now vetoed four bills in 2011 -- the most ever by a North Carolina governor in a year.

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