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Voter ID bill moves ahead to NC Senate vote

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North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead on legislation to require people to show a photo identification card before voting. Full story...
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Democrats Hill, Brisson to vote for budget veto override

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video Gov. Bev Perdue made history yesterday when she became the first North Carolina governor to veto a spending plan. But this budget proposal is far from dead. Five Democrats voted for the Republican-led proposal; two of them right here in our area. But will they stand by their word when it comes to overriding the governor's veto? Full story...
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Perdue vetoes budget, says it moves NC backward

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Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed the state budget proposal. It makes her the first North Carolina governor ever to veto a spending plan passed by the General Assembly. Full story...
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NAACP blasts state budget plan

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Leaders of the NAACP from around southeastern North Carolina gathered in Wilmington today to talk about their disgust for the proposed budget. They claim the budget was developed by ultra-radical, tea-party conservatives. Full story...
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NC lawmakers plan vote to drop charter school cap

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The General Assembly is gearing up to remove the limit on North Carolina's experiment with charter schools. Full story...
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Republican lawmakers roll out new voter ID bill

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Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have rolled out a new version of a bill that would require voters to show identification before they cast a ballot - a proposal they hope will attract support from some Democrats and Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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NC budget headed soon to dispute with Perdue

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A contentious North Carolina budget headed to Gov. Bev Perdue is getting more heated as Perdue breaks a logjam on unemployment benefits and a Republican leader was heard calling her "incompetent." Full story...
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Gov. Perdue signs Executive Order to restore federal unemployment benefits for 47,000

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Gov. Bev Perdue is bypassing state lawmakers and clearing the way for the extension of federal unemployment benefits to some 47,000 North Carolinians who were caught in a tug-of-war between the governor and legislators. Full story...
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Temporary taxes expire, TAs stay in new Senate budget plan; Governor has concerns

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North Carolina lawmakers have come up with a budget plan that could bypass long negotiations between Republicans and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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House, Senate budget deal would save teaching assistants

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The chief budget-writer in the North Carolina House says a potential deal to finalize a budget with the Senate would preserve funding for teaching assistant positions in the public schools. Full story...
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NAACP leaders removed NC House gallery after commotion

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North Carolina General Assembly police arrested six people after a group began chanting in the gallery of the state House minutes before the start of a civil rights rally. Full story...
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NC Senate committees begin discussing budget bill

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Senate Republicans unveiling their $19 billion plan for North Carolina state government say there's plenty for Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to like in this budget, and they hope it's enough to win her signature. Full story...
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Perdue: Budget plan a "race to the bottom" for NC education

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video When we asked Gov. Perdue about what will happen with the budget, since there seems to be no common ground between Democrats and Republicans in Raleigh, she chose to focus her answer on the importance of education. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back bill adding abortion regulations

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North Carolina legislators are moving ahead with an effort to make it more time-consuming to get an abortion by requiring state-mandated counseling, a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus. Full story...
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NC GOP tax package may cut rates, simplify returns

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North Carolina's individual income tax rates could be lowered and state returns simplified in a package of changes being considered by Republicans at the Legislature. Full story...
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