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New Hanover, Pender schools want control of calendar returned

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Two local school systems are lobbying state lawmakers to return the control of local school calendars to local boards of education – a movement backed by the N.C. School Boards Association and strongly opposed by the coastal tourism industry, which suffered when school systems began cutting summer short a decade ago. Full story...
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'Sleepy Hollow' leaving for Atlanta if renewed

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Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden said if it's renewed for a third season, “Sleepy Hollow” will move production from Wilmington following the demise of the North Carolina film tax credit program. Full story...
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House Democrats want ethics changes after McCrory complaint

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Democrats at the North Carolina legislature say a ban on outside earned income by Gov. Pat McCrory and other full-time elected state officials would increase transparency and public confidence about the actions of politicians. Full story...
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NC collections gap now almost $200 million through December

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The difference between predicted revenue collections for the first half of North Carolina government's fiscal year and what's actually come in has widened slightly. Full story...
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Moore elected NC House speaker as General Assembly opens

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videoThe North Carolina General Assembly has convened its new two-year session and House members have quickly elected Kings Mountain attorney Tim Moore as speaker. Full story...
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Moore, Berger poised to lead as NC lawmakers return

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Activity in the Legislative Building has picked up on the day before the start of the General Assembly's two-year session. Full story...
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NC local school superintendents seek statewide bond for construction

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The CEOs of North Carolina's 115 local school districts are asking lawmakers to let voters decide whether they want to borrow for overdue construction needs that taxpayers must repay. Full story...
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Lawmakers keep seeking jobless panel changes McCrory opposes

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The political fight between the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory over a state panel that considers final benefit appeals from the unemployed isn't going away even after McCrory vetoed a bill based on their differences. A legislative oversight committee recommended Wednesday that colleagues this year approve legislation staggering the terms of the three members of the Board of Review. That would mean one of McCrory's board appointees would have to step down this June. Full story...
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New NC laws: Lower taxes, fewer breaks

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The slate of laws taking effect with the new year includes lower taxes for corporations and individuals, though taxi drivers and movie-makers are losing preferential breaks. Full story...
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Legislature, Congress maps upheld by NC high court

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the boundary lines for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats. Full story...
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