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Legislature makes new deal on state worker insurance

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The General Assembly has reached a new agreement on how to close a half billion-dollar funding gap for North Carolina's state employee health insurance plan for the next two years. But it's not yet clear whether Gov. Bev Perdue will go along two weeks after she vetoed an earlier package.

The Senate voted along party lines Thursday in favor of the deal between Republican leaders in both legislative chambers. It would still require all active employees and teachers to pay a monthly premium for their own insurance for the first time.

The House chose not to vote on the compromise before leaving Raleigh for the weekend.

A spokesman for the governor didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about her plans.

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

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