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Week of protests wraps up at NC Capitol

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About 150 people gathered to march around North Carolina's Capitol as a coalition led by North Carolina's NAACP wraps up a week of demonstrations. The group circled the Capitol seven times and stopped during each pass to allow speakers to address different themes including labor and voting rights. The group is also gathering for a voting rights rally nearby. Full story...
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Wilmington, New Hanover leaders push for legislative session on film incentives

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videoMembers of the New Hanover County Commission and Wilmington City Council signed a joint letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger yesterday asking them to call for a special legislative session to "reconsider film incentives that will better serve North Carolina in remaining marketable and competitive" in the film industry. Full story...
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Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

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The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group's list of the General Assembly's most influential lobbyists. The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research announced Tuesday that Republican Harold Brubaker ranked No. 1 on the list during the 2013 session. Full story...
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McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution. Full story...
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NC adjournment approved, 2-year session ends

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North Carolina's legislature has gone home for good after wrapping up their two-year session. The Senate completed work Wednesday evening by approving a compromise with the House on cleaning up coal ash ponds and a bill on unemployment insurance records and adjourned. Full story...
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NC General Assembly coming back again next week

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North Carolina legislators failed to complete their primary work session for the year because House members couldn't agree quickly to work through bills that address economic incentives, local sales taxes and funding teacher assistants. Full story...
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Annual regulatory changes OK'd by NC legislature

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The annual Republican list of changes to North Carolina regulations for business and the environment is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory for his approval. Full story...
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NC Senate send House bargain on teacher assistants

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The North Carolina Senate has offered solutions to end the General Assembly's three-month work session and fix a problem so more teacher assistants stay employed this fall. The House must decide whether to go along. Full story...
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Educators, supporters protest along busy Wilmington road

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videoWilmington area teachers and their supporters took a stand for education today. Decked out in red, they stood along South College Road near UNCW at lunchtime to make a statement about what they call the disrespectful actions of the General Assembly toward students and educators. Full story...
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New Hanover GOP picks Lee to fill Goolsby's Senate seat

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videoElection Day is still more than two months away, but Michael Lee should soon be New Hanover County's new state senator. Full story...
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