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Monkey Junction is now a part of Wilmington

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video Like it or not, Monkey Junction is now in the Wilmington city limits. That means those residents will soon start receiving city services, such as police protection and solid waste removal. Full story...
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Tillis: NC gay marriage ban likely to be reversed

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Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis is standing by a prediction that the proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution banning same-sex marriage will be approved by voters, only to be reversed within a generation. Full story...
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Most school districts won't add 5 extra days

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video North Carolina public school officials are overriding a requirement for 185 classroom days after local school districts complained about the extra costs to operate buses and buildings. Full story...
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City, state leaders talk issues over breakfast

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Jobs, jobs, jobs. That was the focus of the annual legislative breakfast with members of Wilmington City Council and our state legislature. Full story...
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Perdue continues drumbeat on education money

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Gov. Bev Perdue's verbal drumbeat in support of raising additional revenues for the public schools next year is heading to one of the big technology companies located in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC regulators: Fracking is safe with right rules

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North Carolina's environmental agency says a high-pressure drilling technique to free underground natural gas deposits can be safe if lawmakers adopt the right precautions. Full story...
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As governor, legislature fight for ferry fares, business owners worry

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videoIt hasn't happened yet, but riding a ferry in North Carolina could soon cost more. The legislature required the Department of Transportation to raise more revenue from ferry riders, but a recent executive order by the governor has temporarily stopped that plan. People in southport are still worried about the possibility of a hike. Full story...
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NC revenues remain ahead of targets for budget

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North Carolina state government revenues remain slightly ahead of projections during this fiscal year, but the Legislature's top economist warns that slow employment and potential recessions in other countries could drag collections down. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Lambeth drops out of House race because of health issues, backs Davis

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videoThere will not be a Republican primary for the 19th District state House seat after all. Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth says he is dropping out of the race because of health reasons. Full story...
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NC early-ed panel pulls back on recommendations

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A North Carolina legislative committee has scaled back recommendations for changing the state's prekindergarten program, but not before the debate shifted to the scope of poverty in the state. Full story...
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House immigration panel hears from employers

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North Carolina lawmakers considering the state's response to illegal immigration are hearing from representatives of businesses that have often hired cheap labor. Full story...
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Perdue says she'll order delay on NC "ferry tax"

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she has the power to stop unpopular increases on ferry tolls at the coast with an executive order. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: McComas asked Davis if he would run

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State Rep. Danny McComas will not run for another term in the North Carolina House. New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis, though, will. Davis filed for the 19th District seat this morning. Full story...
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Hill, Justice say increased pensions no factor in leaving legislature

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video A few of the Cape Fear's most prominent legislators are not seeking re-election, but they will get bigger pensions than if they'd left office earlier. Full story...
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Justice won't run for any office this year

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We already knew state Rep. Carolyn Justice would not seek another term in the state house. Now she says she will not run for any office in 2012. Full story...
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