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NC lawmakers give final OK to tax changes

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The North Carolina legislature has quickly moved a wide-ranging tax bill to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, one that sets a levy on electronic cigarettes and a hard expiration date for some municipal privilege taxes. Full story...
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Opponents rally against NC fracking bill

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Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea. Full story...
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14 arrested after sit-in at legislative building

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After nearly 11 hours of sitting, waiting for a lawmaker who never arrived, 14 legislative protesters were arrested at North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis' office early Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Former State Representative Thomas Wright released from prison

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videoFormer State Representative Thomas Wright is out of prison after more than six years behind bars, following fraud and obstruction of justice convictions. Full story...
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NC House bill would require registration, insurance for mopeds

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Though police say the driver of the car was at fault in a crash that killed a moped driver Wednesday night, the incident has brought the question of moped safety once again front and center. Full story...
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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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