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Pender County commissioners, manager start talking budget

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videoThe Pender County Commissioners and County Manager held their annual retreat in Hampstead on Friday. The focus of the special meeting was to talk about ideas for the budget. Full story...
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Budget 1st test to see if NC lawmakers back reforms

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Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director says recommendations from a government reform study inserted in the governor's two-year spending proposal ultimately won't be successful unless the state makes efficiency a permanent objective. Full story...
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SC House votes to defund higher education commission

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The Commission on Higher Education could be forced to close next fiscal year under a budget amendment approved by the South Carolina House. Full story...
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NC governor offers public education hints in budget proposal

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Gov. Pat McCrory says his two-year budget proposal for legislators would give North Carolina public school administrators more flexibility to offer raises to experienced teachers and to pay for textbooks or computers for classrooms. Full story...
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Cost drivers, fiscal picture topics at NC budget meeting

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An invitation has gone out to essentially the entire North Carolina Legislature to hear about the state's fiscal picture and what's expected to drive costs in the next two-year budget. Full story...
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Officials in N. Topsail meet about sandbags plan

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videoOfficials in North Topsail Beach met Wednesday night to figure out how to pay for several super sized sandbags on the north end of the island. Full story...
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DHHS Oversight,1st Ld NC health officials highlight Medicaid finances

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North Carolina health officials are celebrating a positive cash balance within the state Medicaid agency for the most recent fiscal year. They're also crediting a consultant's work for helping bring Medicaid finances under control. The state budget office told a General Assembly oversight committee Tuesday that Medicaid had $64 million remaining when the year ended June 30. The state Department of Health and Human Services is in charge of Medicaid. Full story...
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NC adjournment approved, 2-year session ends

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North Carolina's legislature has gone home for good after wrapping up their two-year session. The Senate completed work Wednesday evening by approving a compromise with the House on cleaning up coal ash ponds and a bill on unemployment insurance records and adjourned. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: State budget puts brakes on drivers ed funding

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videoDrivers education, a rite of passage for many teens, is losing state funding and putting the financial burden on schools. This has parents, students and educators wondering how safe our roads will be once the state stops fueling the program. Full story...
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NC House finalizes $21B state budget for 2014-15

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North Carolina's General Assembly is finalizing the annual spending plan for education, public health, transportation and other government services. Full story...
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