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NC education budget options elicit sharp response

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Eliminating $1.3 billion in temporary taxes for next year's North Carolina state budget is leading to some sobering options about where to cut, particularly in public education. Full story...
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GOP legislators say Perdue can't take $100M

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Republican legislators say Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is threatening the prompt return of income tax refunds to North Carolina residents by borrowing money in a way that violates the state constitution. Full story...
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NHCS budget would cut jobs, close Virgo

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video Gov. Bev Perdue's state budget plan means a $13 million cut to New Hanover County Schools. But with the state legislature leaning toward an even larger number, Superintendent Tim Markley says he's prepared for up to $20 million worth of cuts. Full story...
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Social Security workers protest proposed cuts

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video It's hard times all around, and the federal government is feeling the squeeze as it is forced to make tough decisions when it comes to the budget. Today a group in Wilmington protested what may come of this battle. Full story...
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Check out Dr. Markley's 2011-12 budget for New Hanover County Schools

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Here's a link to check our Dr. Tim Markley's upcoming budget for New Hanover County Schools... Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Gov. Perdue cutting CFCC Marine Tech Program because it's "high cost"

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video It's the crown jewel of Cape Fear Community College. The Marine Technology program has been around for more than 45 years, but now it's on the budget chopping block. But now the governor says she is not targeting the program... totally. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Goolsby says US 17 signs would replace old ones; DOT says probably not

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Sen. Thom Goolsby says his plan to rename US 17 will not spend unnecessary money. Today Goolsby clarified his bill, which calls for $100,000 in DOT money to pay for new signs. The senator says the legislation will only replace signs that are in need of repair. Those signs would then have the name "US Marine Corps Highway." Full story...
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McIntyre hopes to avoid government shutdown

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Southeastern North Carolina's representative in Congress says as an eternal optimist, he does not think the federal government will shut down. Full story...
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Budget tops list of items at NC mayors meeting

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The state budget picture and its local implications will be tops on the discussion list for the leaders of North Carolina's biggest cities. Full story...
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Senate panel disagrees with Perdue on estate tax

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A key North Carolina Senate committee has declined to follow a recommendation from Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget proposal that would have generated an extra $80 million next year in estate taxes. Full story...
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UNCW saving money by saving energy

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video While some costs continue to rise, UNC Wilmington is finding ways to make cuts in a good way by saving money while saving energy. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 FROM RALEIGH: Perdue unveils $20B budget for next year

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video Gov. Bev Perdue announced this morning how she plan to close a multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Her budget plan eliminates thousands of jobs and keeps most of a temporary states sales tax increase for the next two years. But if anyone came out on top with the governor's budget, it's teachers. Full story...
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Inmate paint job saves tax dollars

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The New Hanover County Jail is getting a makeover, and it's coming on the cheap. The sheriff is using inmate volunteers to save tax payers money. Full story...
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Perdue's budget plan cuts CFCC Marine Tech program

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video Gov. Bev Perdue released a budget plan today that preserves public teaching jobs. But she still found ways to cut back on education. Perdue wants eight specialized programs from community colleges throughout the state eliminated. Included in that list is the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. Full story...
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NC budget woes may cut subsidy for working poor

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Tough budget times may end a state tax subsidy program that put more than $50 million into the pockets of the working poor in North Carolina last year. Full story...
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