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Economists predict $271M NC government shortfall this year

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Economists at the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration agree for now there will be a small shortfall this fiscal year relative to North Carolina's $21 billion state government budget. Full story...
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NC Republican senators offering quick gas tax cut

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A quick cut in North Carolina's gasoline tax proposed by Senate Republicans could bring higher tax rates to the pump later this decade. Full story...
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NC protests continue next week in Raleigh in run-up to march

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Protesters of policies backed by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory will have a frequent presence in Raleigh leading up to a yearly march promoting what organizers call a "moral" agenda. The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP talked Thursday about the run-up to the ninth annual rally Feb. 14 in downtown Raleigh. Full story...
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NC House tentatively approve eminent domain amendment again

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The House is poised to once again send the Senate a constitutional amendment to protect property owners' rights when North Carolina governments take land for projects. Full story...
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Early-session spending bill approved by NC Senate

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The state Senate supports making spending changes to help a panel reviewing public school academic standards do its work and so a rule-making body can defend itself in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education. The chamber voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that locates $275,000 to operate the committee recommending changes by the end of the year to Common Core. The vote was 38-11. Full story...
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McCrory ready for State of the State; WATCH LIVE at 7 p.m.

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Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to give lawmakers and North Carolina television viewers his take on the first two years of his term and what he wants to accomplish in the next two. Full story...
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NC House Democrats want incentives sweetened again

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Democrats at the General Assembly say economic incentives in North Carolina need to be sweetened again so more middle-class adults can get better-paying jobs. Full story...
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NC bills would rewrite redistricting method

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North Carolina General Assembly members who want to take the power to redraw legislative and congressional districts out of their own hands say a fairer redistricting method would benefit voters in choosing their elected representatives. Full story...
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NC Senate budget-writers roll out early spending bill

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Top Senate budget-writers have written an early-session spending bill that in part seeks to ensure a panel drafting new academic standards for North Carolina's public schools has money to perform its work. The bill filed Monday directs the Department of Public Instruction to transfer $275,000 to help the panel, which was created last year. Full story...
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Debt study says NC can issue more bonds than a year ago

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An annual report evaluating North Carolina's debt and how much more borrowing the state can truly afford is good news for Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders considering road and building projects. Full story...
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