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School districts begin tough task of dealing with missed days

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video Students around the area missed nearly a week of school thanks to the threat and eventual arrival of snow and ice last week, but state laws about the school calendar make rescheduling that missed time a challenge for administrators. Full story...
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Profanity-laced recording of Sen. Rabon's meeting cited in death of puppy mill bill

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videoState Senate leaders said Monday they plan to kill legislation that would regulate so-called puppy mills in North Carolina after an audiotape leaked of a top Republican senator criticizing the bill and the House lawmakers who passed it last year. Full story...
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NC nurses, law officers among those getting raises

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More than 3,200 North Carolina state employees have received pay increases from a special fund created by the General Assembly to adjust salaries to retain workers in high-demand fields and for increased job responsibilities. Full story...
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NC DHHS secretary apologizes for privacy breach

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The head of North Carolina's troubled health department is apologizing for sending Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children to the wrong recipients, but says her agency is dealing with unprecedented changes as a result of the federal healthcare overhaul. Full story...
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NC health agency leaders facing legislators again

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General Assembly members are poised to hold another meeting about more troubles within North Carolina's health agency. Full story...
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Goolsby won't seek reelection to NC Senate

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video Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) will not seek a third term in the North Carolina Senate. Goolsby says he wants to spend more time with his two young daughters and on his Wilmington law practice. Full story...
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GOP-led panel: No queries on Medicaid card misfire

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State legislators with responsibility for overseeing state government computer systems are showing little interest in investigating last week's massive privacy breach at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story...
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Battle over unemployment benefits latest example of political polarization

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videoA battle over unemployment benefits has become another partisan battle in the Tar Heel State, and in Washington, renewing unemployment benefits is stuck in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court ponders legality of redistricting

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The legal fight over North Carolina's legislative and congressional maps is back in the hands of the state Supreme Court. Full story...
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New year brings new NC law to protect pets

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videoWith the new year comes new laws, including one designed to protect animals. State leaders amended the existing law on animal shelters, in an effort to help owners find lost pets and relieve overcrowding at shelters among other things. Full story...
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