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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car

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videoWilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night. In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. Full story...
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Rally pushes for continuation of NC film incentives

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videoFilm equals jobs. That's what hundreds of people were chanting at today's NC Film rally downtown. Film industry employees and supporters worried about their future came out in full force. Organizers says more than 1,000 people turned out. Full story...
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Rally for film industry slated for May 4

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videoAs the General Assembly heads back to session next month, supporters of North Carolina's film industry hope to make a statement with a rally supporting the state's tax incentives for TV and movie projects. Full story...
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Legislative panel wants Common Core stopped in NC

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videoLegislators want to replace new public school academic standards used by North Carolina and more than 40 other states after hearing parents and other groups complain that the Common Core program is controlling curriculum and classrooms. Full story...
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NC local business taxes capped in proposal

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The General Assembly is likely to debate legislation this session that would streamline local business taxes, even as some lawmakers and municipal lobbyists caution towns and cities could have to raise property taxes if it passed. A tax study committee tentatively agreed Wednesday to recommend to the full legislature a repeal of business privilege license taxes levied by 300 municipalities in July 2015. It would be replaced with a tax capped at $100 per business location. Full story...
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NC tax collections largely in line through March

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North Carolina's overall tax collections are essentially staying in line with what lawmakers agreed were needed to operate state government this year. Full story...
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Clodfelter leaves NC Senate before becoming Charlotte mayor

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The next mayor of Charlotte has officially resigned from the North Carolina Senate. Dan Clodfelter sent his resignation letter to Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday, one day after the Charlotte City Council chose Clodfelter to serve out the unexpired two-year term of Patrick Cannon. Full story...
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New report says film study wrong, NC loses money on incentives

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videoA report by legislative staff says a recently-released study of the the film industry in North Carolina is wrong about the state benefiting from tax incentives for movie and TV productions. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

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North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year. Full story...
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Rabon reappointed to co-chair Senate transportation committee

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Several Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are taking new leadership roles this spring as colleagues have resigned or plan to retire at year's end. Full story...
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State Sen. Martin Nesbitt dies of stomach cancer

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State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said Nesbitt died Thursday after being diagnosed last week with stomach cancer. Full story...
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Few primary challenges for area legislators

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If you head to the polls in southeastern North Carolina this spring for primary elections, there's a good chance you won't see races for the General Assembly on your ballot. There are three senate districts and seven house districts that cover Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. But of those 10 districts, only three will have a primary May 6. Full story...
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NC health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

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Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency is backing away from initial proposals to fix Medicaid costs by hiring a handful of big managed care organizations to run North Carolina's $13 billion health care system. Full story...
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Meeting looks at pay incentives for NC teachers

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North Carolina lawmakers, school leaders and parents are considering whether teachers can be better rewarded for performance through a statewide incentives package. Full story...
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NC leaders pledge more pay for new teachers; veteran teachers left waiting

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videoFor months north carolina teachers have been wearing Red for Ed. Today the governor and other top leaders promised more green for new teachers. The goal is to keep good young teachers in the classroom, but one local educator says the raise does not fix the problem with veteran teacher pay. Full story...
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