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First lawsuit filed over NC redistricting plans

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Opponents of Republican-drawn maps for district boundaries for the North Carolina Legislature and the state's congressional delegation are getting a quick start on litigation. Full story...
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Court is next stop for NC's journey to redraw maps

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North Carolina's journey toward new district boundaries for the Legislature and Congress is about to detour into court, even though federal attorneys just announced they won't oppose the maps on certain racial discrimination grounds. Full story...
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NC Sen. Jim Forrester dies at 74

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A North Carolina state senator who led the effort to secure next year's statewide referendum on whether to prohibit gay marriage has died. He was 74. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall debated by legislators

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A Republican budget-writer says he doesn't envision large reimbursement rate cuts for doctors or eliminating optional medical services for North Carolina Medicaid patients to help close a projected $140 million shortfall this year. Full story...
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Study: NC business has more friends at Legislature

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A nonpartisan group focused upon improving North Carolina's business climate says the General Assembly became more business friendly this year as the Republicans took control and pushed through several changes. Full story...
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Incentives considered to bring HondaJet to NC

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Guilford County commissioners are considering whether to ask state legislators to contribute $250,000 for incentives to convince company officials to bring a HondaJet business to Piedmont Triad International Airport. Full story...
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'Project Soccer' looks like loss for NC as SC Gov. plans announcement tomorrow

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video"Project Soccer" has been kicked back and forth between the Carolinas for months, but it seems the Palmetto State has scored. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley plans a major economic development announcement tomorrow in Sumter County. Word among North Carolina lawmakers is that officials from Continental Tire will announce their decision to build a factory south of the border, but what does losing this huge deal mean for our future? Full story...
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Senator: NC layoffs in classroom will decrease

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A key Republican budget-writer is predicting the number of job losses in North Carolina public school classrooms actually will be much less than the 1,800 reported to state educators as school began in August. Full story...
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Report: NC retirement plan is sound, isn't cushy

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The Legislature's watchdog agency says North Carolina's pension plan for teachers and state employees is well funded and is not considered lavish when compared with similar retirement systems in other states. Full story...
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NC Democrats begin tour to talk economy, jobs

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Democrats in the North Carolina Legislature have started a weeklong statewide tour to focus on what they call the negative effects of the state budget by listening to those affected by the plan pushed through by Republicans. Full story...
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