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NC lawmaker foresees anti-abortion measures ahead

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A North Carolina lawmaker says his colleagues in the General Assembly are likely to consider proposals to exclude abortion coverage from federal health insurance exchanges and to outlaw abortions based on gender preferences. Full story...
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NC Senate leader wants lower income tax rates

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video North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger says he thinks an overhaul of the state tax system will happen this year and he will try to make income tax rates as low as possible - maybe even zero. Full story...
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NAACP, others call on anti-poverty focus in NC

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North Carolina civil rights leaders say Republicans now leading state government have moral and constitutional reasons to make lifting people out of poverty their top priority. Full story...
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NC panel wants focus on curbing prescription abuse

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A panel says North Carolina legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory should look at ways to curb prescription drug abuse so deaths among youths can be prevented. Full story...
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NC Cabinet members get salary bump from McCrory

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Cabinet secretaries in North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration are getting salary bumps thanks to latitude from the Legislature. Full story...
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McCrory not wedded to photo ID requirement to vote

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants a North Carolina voter identification bill on his desk but now sounds willing to accept a bill that doesn't demand photo ID to cast ballots in person. Full story...
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NC lawmakers greeted by another newcomer: McCrory

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The leadership for the new North Carolina General Assembly session is now set. Full story...
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State lawmakers meet with local leaders

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video State leaders came down to the local level this morning. In a meeting at Wilmington City Hall, state lawmakers met with area leaders. The meeting comes as Republicans get ready to take greater control of state government. Full story...
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Insurers want changes amid low NC auto rates

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video North Carolina has some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the country, but a group of insurers who want changes say the system is unfair to good drivers. Full story...
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Updated indictment filed against ex-NC lawmaker

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Additional charges have been filed against a former North Carolina state legislator accused of theft and money laundering related to federal funds loaned to his company. Full story...
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Nesbitt re-elected NC Senate minority leader

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North Carolina state Senate Democrats will keep their same top leaders for the next two years. The incoming Senate Democratic Caucus re-elected Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Asheville as minority leader and Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh as minority whip. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Brian Berger arrested for DWI, colleagues respond

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videoNew Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was arrested again this morning. This time for driving while impaired. Wilmington Police arrested Berger in downtown Wilmington around 2 a.m. Full story...
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Rabon to co-chair powerful state senate committee

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video Sen. Bill Rabon has been selected to co-chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Rabon, a Republican from Brunswick County, will share the role with fellow Republican Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County. Full story...
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NC Senate's majority leader to become budget chair

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown will join the trio of top budget writers in the North Carolina Senate for the next two years once the Legislature reconvenes next month. Full story...
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Perdue looking for NC group home funding solution

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's aiming to find a solution to ensure 2,000 people living in group homes across North Carolina will keep their place to live without her calling legislators back to Raleigh at the holidays. Full story...
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