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Film supporters take fight to Raleigh

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videoPeople in the Port City who rely on the film industry to survive took their fight to extend film incentives to Raleigh today. Film incentive advocates tried to educate state lawmakers on what the incentives mean and how they positively impact the state, but some people were not as enthusiastic about the future of film incentives in North Carolina. Full story...
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Environmental groups want NC coal ash moved

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A coalition of environmental groups and people who live near Duke Energy power plants are pressing North Carolina lawmakers to require the company to move all of its leaky coal ash dumps away from rivers, lakes and homes. Full story...
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McCrory administration official alleges bullying

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Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and a key House leader are fighting over a three-member commission that serves as the final benefits arbiter within North Carolina's unemployment insurance office. Full story...
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Goolsby pushing Wilmington request to crack down on illegal guns

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videoState lawmakers are trying to crack down on criminals who carry illegally concealed weapons. One state senator says the changes are thanks in part to suggestions from our area. The idea is to make criminals think twice before carrying concealed weapons illegally. Full story...
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NC Senate Republicans defend budget choices

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North Carolina Senate Republicans are defending cuts proposed in their state government budget proposal to pay for teacher raises and for changes to Medicaid that reject Gov. Pat McCrory's reform plan. Full story...
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NC lawmakers give final OK to tax changes

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The North Carolina legislature has quickly moved a wide-ranging tax bill to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, one that sets a levy on electronic cigarettes and a hard expiration date for some municipal privilege taxes. Full story...
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Opponents rally against NC fracking bill

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Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea. Full story...
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14 arrested after sit-in at legislative building

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After nearly 11 hours of sitting, waiting for a lawmaker who never arrived, 14 legislative protesters were arrested at North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis' office early Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Former State Representative Thomas Wright released from prison

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videoFormer State Representative Thomas Wright is out of prison after more than six years behind bars, following fraud and obstruction of justice convictions. Full story...
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NC House bill would require registration, insurance for mopeds

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Though police say the driver of the car was at fault in a crash that killed a moped driver Wednesday night, the incident has brought the question of moped safety once again front and center. Full story...
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Governor's budget bill proposes big changes for NC film incentives

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videoA bill filed in the North Carolina Senate today presents Gov. Pat McCrory's plan for the state budget, and with it a drastically different plan to give incentives to film projects. Full story...
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Full NC House gives initial OK to tax bill

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The North Carolina House has tentatively agreed to a wide-ranging tax bill that caps municipal business privilege taxes and places an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. Full story...
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Hamilton, Iler, Davis sponsor bill to keep NC film incentives from ending

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videoThree area lawmakers have sponsored a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would keep the state's tax incentives for film projects from ending. Full story...
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Judge strikes down new NC teacher tenure law

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videoA judge has ruled that a law cutting teacher job protections in North Carolina is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said Friday that veteran teachers have an established right to a layer of review beyond school administrators when they face firing. Full story...
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Panel sets new rules for NC Legislative Building

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A General Assembly commission has approved new rules on how people can gather in the Legislative Building in Raleigh. The rules approved Thursday update several provisions, including what signs are allowed, and extending building hours. Full story...
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