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General Assembly

Legislature awaits Perdue decisions on bills

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The North Carolina General Assembly is playing a waiting game with Gov. Bev Perdue and her responses to three significant bills on her desk as they prepare to leave town, possibly for the rest of the year. Full story...
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NC sea level calculation bill protested

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Another version of a bill that controls how North Carolina prepares for climate change along the coast is almost finished. Full story...
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NC sweepstakes bill getting another hearing

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A bill that would regulate and tax video sweepstakes operations in North Carolina got another hearing in a state House committee, but its future still seems bleak as the General Assembly winds down work for the year. Full story...
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NC panel wants more workers to talk on DOT letters

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A North Carolina senator wants to hear from more state employees before deciding how to respond to Gov. Bev Perdue's administration officials changing letters from a Department of Transportation executive without his approval. Full story...
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Senate approves fracking bill, sent to governor

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Legislation to legalize fracking in North Carolina is now in the hands of Governor Bev Perdue. Full story...
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NC budget deal receives final legislative OK

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The North Carolina Legislature has agreed to a state government spending plan for next year that's now heading to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's desk. Full story...
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NC Senate panel wants more info on highway letter

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A Senate committee is investigating a letter that a senator received from the North Carolina Department of Transportation about funding for two highway toll projects that turned out to be false. Full story...
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NC Senate gives final approval to its budget plan

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The Senate and House have now approved competing budget bills for North Carolina state government for the coming year. The Senate on Thursday completed the final required votes for a proposed $20 billion plan, approving the Republican-developed proposal on a party-line vote. Full story...
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NC Senate gives tentative approval to $20B budget

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The North Carolina Senate has agreed along party lines to a $20 billion budget bill for next year that Republican plan authors say puts the state on stronger fiscal footing but Democrats derided as sending the wrong message on education. Full story...
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NC 'guns in bars' bill could die in committee

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Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside. The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion. Full story...
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NC Senate budget approved by committee

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The North Carolina Senate's largest committee has moved along the Republicans' budget proposal for next year without making changes sought by advocates for the public schools and the prevention of teen smoking and adolescent pregnancy. Full story...
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NC Senate spends less than House in budget changes

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North Carolina state Senate leaders are taking a more cautious approach to proposed budget adjustments than the House by spending less and setting aside more money in reserve in case Medicaid costs get out of hand. Full story...
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Highway marker to honor NC's 1st Jewish legislator

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North Carolina's first Jewish legislator will be honored with a highway marker placed in front of his home in Beaufort. Full story...
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Goolsby says bill would help clarify NC concealed weapon law

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video No guns in school is a no brainer, but what happens when your school is also a church? Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) hopes a new bill will help clarify. Full story...
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NC House panel votes to bar death row TVs

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A House committee has voted to prohibit North Carolina death row inmates from watching television, although the warden for the condemned prisoners warned removing the TVs could increase violence at Central Prison. Full story...
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