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NC speaker OKs payments to resigning staffers

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House Speaker Thom Tillis is defending payments to two high-level staff members who resigned because of inappropriate relationships with lobbyists. Full story...
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NC Legislature returns to work, met by protesters

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The North Carolina Legislature is opening its budget-adjusting session by getting right to work on closing this year's Medicaid shortfall and considering changes to annexation and gambling laws. Full story...
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NC bill supports compensation for eugenics victims

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State legislators have filed a bill recommending that people forcibly sterilized decades ago in North Carolina get $50,000 each. Full story...
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NC Chamber wants cuts in unemployment benefits

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North Carolina's main business booster group wants legislators to cut future unemployment benefits and issue taxpayer-backed bonds to close a debt to the federal government. Full story...
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General Assembly session isn't just about budget adjustments

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The North Carolina General Assembly gets back to work Wednesday for its budget-adjustment session that also will likely include sensitive topics like gambling, annexation rules and fracking. Full story...
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New Hanover commissioners, legislators meet ahead of Short Session

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New Hanover County Commissioners met with state legislators this morning to discuss changes they want to make to the county. The informal meeting is not a time to make official decisions, but it is a chance to talk about funding and other areas in which the county needs state support. Full story...
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Republican lawmakers say Perdue budget, tax hike 'ain't gonna fly'

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video Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase. Full story...
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Casteen to petition for spot on ballot for new House District 20

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A Wilmington attorney and CPA wants to run for the new NC House District 20 seat, but he'll have to take an unusual path to get there. Full story...
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Perdue's proposal uses higher tax for schools

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Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget adjustments for next year would use most of the proceeds from a sales tax increase to restore cuts North Carolina school districts have been forced to make and to reduce class sizes in early grades. Full story...
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NAACP leader pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

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The head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says his activism will not be hindered by his conviction on a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Full story...
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Lawyer: Amendment One not written well, expect legal challenges

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video A new poll says a Constitutional amendment blocking gay marriage in North Carolina could easily become law tomorrow. The amendment defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but some folks say there is more at stake than just who gets to wear a ring on their left hand. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: Hamilton faces primary challenge from Knox in House 18 race

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video The primary election is now just four days away, and we want to help you get to know the candidates. We sat down with the Democrats fighting to represent District 18 in the North Carolina House of Representatives: James Knox and incumbent Susi Hamilton. Full story...
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State senators say they have votes to block Monkey Junction annexation

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video State Senators Thom Goolsby and David Rouzer announced today they have enough support to pass a bill that's already passed in the House when they go back to the General Assembly. If it becomes law, it would stop forced annexation in Monkey Junction through the end of the year. But the effort does not stop there. Full story...
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Candidate Interview: James Knox

James Knox has been Mayor of Northwest for 18 years. He believes he better represents District 18 now that the lines have been redrawn. Knox says his long tenure of local politics make him the right person for voters to send to Raleigh.

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Candidate Interview: Susi Hamilton

Rep. Susi Hamilton has represented District 18 in the NC House for the past two years, and she wants to continue being the voice of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties in Raleigh. The incumbent Democrat says her
experience and involvement set her apart.

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