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General Assembly

GOP-led panel: No queries on Medicaid card misfire

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State legislators with responsibility for overseeing state government computer systems are showing little interest in investigating last week's massive privacy breach at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story...
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Battle over unemployment benefits latest example of political polarization

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videoA battle over unemployment benefits has become another partisan battle in the Tar Heel State, and in Washington, renewing unemployment benefits is stuck in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court ponders legality of redistricting

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The legal fight over North Carolina's legislative and congressional maps is back in the hands of the state Supreme Court. Full story...
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New year brings new NC law to protect pets

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videoWith the new year comes new laws, including one designed to protect animals. State leaders amended the existing law on animal shelters, in an effort to help owners find lost pets and relieve overcrowding at shelters among other things. Full story...
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AP Factcheck: Many pay more under new NC tax laws

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Gov. Pat McCrory and his Republican allies at the legislature have hammered home a simple message about the tax reform package they passed into law earlier this year. Full story...
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Judge: No quick trial on NC voting law changes

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A federal judge in Winston-Salem says there will be no trial on North Carolina's voting law changes until after the 2014 elections. Full story...
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NC teachers group sues over private school grants

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Advocacy groups representing parents and public education are suing North Carolina officials after the General Assembly passed a law this year allowing taxpayer money to help pay private school tuition. Full story...
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Year after Sandy Hook shooting, local schools getting money for SROs

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video New Hanover and Brunswick County Schools should soon get state money for more resource officers. It's part of $7 million legislators allocated in this year's state budget. Counties must match one dollar for every two from the state. Full story...
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Barber, others found guilty in Moral Monday protests

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videoA judge has found North Carolina NAACP President William Barber and 11 others guilty of second-degree trespassing and violating building rules while protesting in April at the state legislature. Full story...
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NHCS Board urges state to repeal mandate

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videoDozens of teachers and their supporters wore red in support of education at the New Hanover County School Board meeting. "Right now there is a mass exodus of highly qualified, fabulous North Carolina teachers leaving," said Janna Robertson, a UNCW professor. Full story...
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Ex-CIA chief asks NC lawmakers to protect grid

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Some academics and a former CIA director are urging North Carolina state lawmakers to require better protection of electricity transmission systems from solar flares and cyber and terrorist attacks. Full story...
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NC NAACP head in court to face protest charges

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A group of that includes North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is facing trial on charges stemming from mass protests at the state legislature. Full story...
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Laws about sex trafficking, child abuse, military funerals now in effect in NC

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videoNew laws ranging from sex trafficking to protecting military funerals are now in effect in the Tar Heel State. In all, North Carolinians have 42 new laws to abide by as of Sunday. Full story...
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NC high court says Pre-K complaint is moot

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North Carolina's Supreme Court says an appeal of a complaint involving changes in a pre-kindergarten program for needy children is moot because lawmakers have fixed the problem. Full story...
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Teachers make statement about education reforms, pay

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videoPublic school teachers around the state decked out in red hit the streets to take a stand against recent spending cuts. In New Hanover County, educators and even some parents and students stood outside their schools holding signs in support of better pay and benefits for teachers. Full story...
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