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General Assembly

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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AG Cooper to appeal ruling on part of abortion law

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's decided to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down part of a law requiring abortion providers to describe an ultrasound to women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. Full story...
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Officials discuss legislation over NC-SC border

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video Officials are trying to figure out how to minimize the impact of their work now that they have finished a modern survey of the state line between South Carolina and North Carolina. Full story...
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Educators worry new teacher pay law could be divisive

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video Teachers identified as the top 25 percent will be eligible for a four-year contract and a $500 annual raise each of the four years. The catch is they must voluntarily give up their tenure. Full story...
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School districts begin tough task of dealing with missed days

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video Students around the area missed nearly a week of school thanks to the threat and eventual arrival of snow and ice last week, but state laws about the school calendar make rescheduling that missed time a challenge for administrators. Full story...
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Profanity-laced recording of Sen. Rabon's meeting cited in death of puppy mill bill

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videoState Senate leaders said Monday they plan to kill legislation that would regulate so-called puppy mills in North Carolina after an audiotape leaked of a top Republican senator criticizing the bill and the House lawmakers who passed it last year. Full story...
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NC nurses, law officers among those getting raises

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More than 3,200 North Carolina state employees have received pay increases from a special fund created by the General Assembly to adjust salaries to retain workers in high-demand fields and for increased job responsibilities. Full story...
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NC DHHS secretary apologizes for privacy breach

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The head of North Carolina's troubled health department is apologizing for sending Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children to the wrong recipients, but says her agency is dealing with unprecedented changes as a result of the federal healthcare overhaul. Full story...
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NC health agency leaders facing legislators again

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General Assembly members are poised to hold another meeting about more troubles within North Carolina's health agency. Full story...
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Goolsby won't seek reelection to NC Senate

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video Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) will not seek a third term in the North Carolina Senate. Goolsby says he wants to spend more time with his two young daughters and on his Wilmington law practice. Full story...
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