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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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Animal protection groups lobby on NC breeding bill

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Animal protection activists are still hopeful a law regulating large commercial dog breeding in North Carolina can pass soon even as legislation sits in the Senate and a key chamber leader there has vowed not to consider it in 2014. Full story...
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NC House committee agrees to omnibus tax bill

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North Carolina legislators have been meeting formally for two days and they're already moving a wide-ranging finance bill that would curb the ability of towns and cities to tax businesses and place a new tax on electronic cigarettes. Full story...
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NC legislature starts this year's session

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North Carolina lawmakers are back at work as this year's legislative session has opened in Raleigh. People unhappy with the General Assembly's right-leaning direction have returned, too. Full story...
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Health mandate coverage clouds NC session opening

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North Carolina lawmakers returning to Raleigh have reached an early impasse on disputed legislation surrounding autism insurance coverage as the first gavel on this year's session fell. Full story...
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Top NC Senate GOP leaders introduce coal ash bill

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Two top Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have introduced a bill to curb the threat of pollution from coal ash dumps, three months after a massive spill at a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. Full story...
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NC to consider new e-cigarette tax

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The Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly will consider a new tax on electronic cigarettes. A panel that studies tax matters recommended Tuesday that the proposal be introduced during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Support is coming from an unlikely source in tobacco giant Reynolds American, based in Winston-Salem. Full story...
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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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