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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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NC legislature could step in on clinic rule proposal

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Abortion-rights groups are worried that Republican legislators will try to override rules proposed for North Carolina abortion clinics that activists contend balance patient safety with access to the procedure. Full story...
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Brunswick County Schools prepare for state-wide performance grades

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videoEvery school excluding alternative schools will be given an overall grade from A through F. State-wide performance grades were enacted by the 2013-2014 General Assembly. Full story...
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NC Chamber: State will fall behind if roads not improved

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North Carolina business leaders say the state will face serious problems such as increased joblessness if politicians don't develop a strategy for funding transportation needs. The N.C. Chamber's president and chief executive officer Lew Ebert said at a news conference Wednesday the state has no strategy to fund a $65 billion gap in transportation needs over the next 25 years. Full story...
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1st day bills filed at the NC General Assembly at-a-glance

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The first work day at the General Assembly usually brings an early flurry of bills. Nearly 30 were filed by late Wednesday afternoon in the House and Senate. Full story...
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NC Democratic lawmakers get out quickly on economy

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Democrats at the General Assembly are trying to get out of the blocks quickly this year as lawmakers emphasize the economy and job creation. More than two dozen House and Senate members from the legislature's minority party attended Wednesday what was called a "Job Growth Forum" in Raleigh. Full story...
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Cooper tells NC Democrats it's not early to think about 2016

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll keep speaking out against Republican policies during the new North Carolina legislative session that convenes Wednesday. Cooper also told about 300 Democratic activists at a Tuesday luncheon that he would back efforts to raise teacher pay across the board and to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional residents. Full story...
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Courts, revenues could alter NC legislature's school agenda

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The public school agenda at the upcoming General Assembly session will almost certainly involve raising minimum salaries for teachers and considering what merit pay should look like in North Carolina. Otherwise, the K-12 education agenda before the Legislature is largely up in the air heading into Wednesday, when lawmakers reconvene for this year's work period. Full story...
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State and city leaders meet, discuss revenue issues

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video Wilmington city leaders say they need money, and they're losing ways of generating revenue. That was the hot topic of discussion this morning with state legislators. Full story...
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