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Wilmington hires lobbyist for short session

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Wilmington City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire McGuire Woods Consulting to lobby for the city at the General Assembly's short session. Full story...
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NC judges given more time for redistricting documents

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A three-judge panel has given Republican legislative leaders and their attorneys time to seek relief from a ruling requiring them to produce more redistricting documents for Democratic officials and allies challenging North Carolina's new district maps. Full story...
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State environmental agency issues final report on hydraulic fracturing

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Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely in North Carolina only if the General Assembly adopts state-specific regulatory standards and invests sufficient resources in compliance and enforcement prior to issuance of any permits for the practice, according to a report issued today by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Full story...
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Candidate Interview: Tim Thomas

Republican Tim Thomas is running for North Carolina State House District 16. Self-employed for years, Thomas also has a military background. He served in the Navy. Thomas runs with the slogan, "Putting North Carolina back to work." He says job creation is his top priority after learning about Caterpillar and Continental Tire moving their manufacturing facilities to other states. Thomas has never held political office before, but says his volunteerism in Pender County makes him an excellent candidate.

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Candidate Interview: Jeff Howell

Republican Jeff Howell isn't shy about having little experience in the political arena; however, he says his military career coupled with owning a business is experience enough to work for the people. Throughout the years he's lived in Pender County, Howell has met residents, listened to their concerns and volunteered his time at schools and with community programs.

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Candidate Interview: Chris Millis

Chris Millis is a conservative candidate for North Carolina House District 16. Calling himself a "warrior of the conservative cause," Millis is calling for education reform and a lower tax burden for citizens. Millis grew up in Pender County, graduated from North Carolina State University, then returned to Hampstead to begin a career as a Civil Engineer. He says his professional background and personal life make him an ideal candidate to work for the people. Chris and his wife, Tonya, have a son Luke, and are eager for the arrival of a baby girl this summer.

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NC Senate wants merit pay, end teacher tenure

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Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are rolling out a package of public school initiatives they say would create performance bonuses for teachers but end their employment tenure so that districts could more easily dismiss ineffective ones. Full story...
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Some NC lawmakers recommend repealing new tolls

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A General Assembly committee has recommended legislation to repeal proposed new and higher tolls on North Carolina ferry routes that have been at the center of a dispute between Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Republican legislative leaders. Full story...
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NC lawmakers prepare to hear from superintendents

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Members of the General Assembly are bringing in North Carolina school superintendents to speak about the effects of spending cuts in this year's budget and what they'd like to have for next year. Full story...
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NC Senate panel sets 1st marker for fracking laws

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A North Carolina legislative panel offers a proposed law that would bar a natural gas drilling method called fracking for more than two years while regulations are being developed. Full story...
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NC lawmakers seek how to find unemployment fraud

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A North Carolina legislative panel is looking for ways to crack down on fraudulent unemployment compensation payments, but the lawmakers are learning that it's tough to prove someone has been cheating the system. Full story...
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NC lawmakers give few details on insurance changes

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A study committee at the Legislature examining North Carolina's automobile insurance system has completed its work with few detailed recommendations, but a panel leader said he wants changes in 2013 that will give more safe drivers lower premiums. Full story...
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Proposal unveiled to close NC Medicaid shortfall

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It sounds like Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's administration and Republican legislative leaders have a plan to close an estimated $150 million shortfall in Medicaid expected by the end of June. Full story...
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NC panel to recommend sterilization compensation

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A North Carolina committee is scheduled to recommend financial compensation for the hundreds of living victims of the state's eugenics-based sterilization program. Full story...
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State lawmakers meet with Chinese investors to discuss business partnerships in Cape Fear

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State Representative Susi Hamilton joined a team of seventeen General Assembly and other NC leaders to meet with Chinese investors focused on building businesses in the Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina area. The meeting took place in Shenzhen, China. Full story...
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