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Budget 1st test to see if NC lawmakers back reforms

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Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director says recommendations from a government reform study inserted in the governor's two-year spending proposal ultimately won't be successful unless the state makes efficiency a permanent objective. Full story...
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Witness: Truck on tracks for 8 minutes before Amtrak crash

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A huge truck with a state trooper escort was stuck in a railroad crossing with time enough to alert approaching trains, but there's no indication that Amtrak was warned before a passenger train crashed into the truck and injured 55 people. Full story...
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Commissioner, GOP legislators back NC insurance bills

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Republican lawmakers and Democratic state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin back legislation they say would improve the process to set North Carolina homeowner insurance rates and give insurers a new way to cover huge losses after a hurricane. Full story...
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Official: Multistate crime rampage suspect kills self

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Authorities say one of two suspects arrested in a multistate crime rampage which included the deaths of a North Carolina couple has committed suicide in prison. Full story...
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NC House members want air emission rules for fracking

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Three North Carolina Republican lawmakers want to make clear a state environmental panel must draw up rules designed to minimize toxic emissions related to any upcoming natural gas exploration through fracking. Full story...
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Officials: 55 passengers injured in truck-train collision

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Authorities say at least 55 people were injured after an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks. One of the injuries was serious. Full story...
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SC House votes to defund higher education commission

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The Commission on Higher Education could be forced to close next fiscal year under a budget amendment approved by the South Carolina House. Full story...
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