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Another trial delay for former NC lawmaker

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The new trial for former North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been delayed again. Attorney Elliot Abrams, a member of LaRoque's defense team, said Thursday that the retrial has been moved from October to Feb. 2, 2015. Full story...
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GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes

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An omnibus bill backed by Republican leaders in the North Carolina House is seeking to make dozens of changes to state laws. The changes include eliminating a task force that works to reduce child deaths and a provision allowing public charter schools boards to include members representing for-profit education companies. Full story...
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NC Senate passes Medicaid reform legislation

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The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would create a new state agency to oversee and manage Medicaid and partially privatize it. The bill would carve out Medicaid regions in the state where both private companies and hospital-led health plans would compete for contracts to serve patients there. Full story...
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NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill changing how counties impose sales taxes beyond what the state collects. The Senate voted Thursday to limit nearly all of the state's 100 counties to a local sales- and use-tax of 2.5 percent, including large urban counties that are currently allowed to raise the sales tax to 2.75 percent. Full story...
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Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq

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Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States. Full story...
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Willie Nelson, Farm Aid coming to N. Carolina

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Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Local artists will also perform. Full story...
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Lottery winner from Horse Shoe is lucky twice

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Where else but the town of Horse Shoe would a person get lucky twice in the N.C. Education Lottery? Self-employed painter Ivan Gilbert is a two-time winner. He won $1 million this week in the $120 Million Cash scratch off game. In May 2012, Gilbert won $100,000 in the Super Lucky 7s game. Full story...
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