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NC legislators offered tax overhaul options

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A Washington-based conservative-leaning think tank is providing options to North Carolina elected officials on how to overhaul the tax system so that it says the state's tax climate would improve significantly. Full story...
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NC justices side with lawmakers on map disclosures

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The North Carolina state Supreme Court has sided with legislative leaders who withheld certain information received from state-funded private attorneys about redistricting maps in 2011, ruling that those documents can be confidential. Full story...
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NC lawmaker wants benefit changes to start in July

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A North Carolina state legislator steering an unemployment insurance overhaul bill says the proposal would take effect in July, even though federal emergency jobless benefits for tens of thousands of people could be curtailed in the process. Full story...
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NC groups talk mobilizing efforts against voter ID

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videoGroups opposed to likely legislation at the General Assembly this year requiring North Carolina citizens to show identification before voting in person already are rolling out a plan to fight it. Full story...
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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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