FIRST ON 3: Wilmington's budget concerns highlighted in New York Times
Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 8:25am.

Wilmington, N.C., is not Camden, N.J., which laid off half its police force this year. It is not Detroit, which is closing half of its public schools. But like local governments across the country, the City of Wilmington has been demonstrably diminished by five years of unyielding economic despair. That a place like Wilmington, until recently a real estate boom town, would defer a purchase as essential as a fire truck for even one year, much less five, speaks to the withering toll.

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Changing NC pre-kindergarten core of schools case
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 10:46am.

Changes in the state budget about to take effect are at the heart of a court fight challenging whether North Carolina is living up to its constitutional duty to give every child the opportunity for a good education.

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Lawyers: NC Legislature should redo schools budget
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:36pm.

Lawyers for North Carolina school districts challenging the nearly $20 billion state budget approved last week want a judge to order the Legislature to redo the spending plan.

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Judge opens hearing on budget cuts, NC schools
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 06/22/2011 - 10:48am.

A North Carolina judge is reviewing educational data to try to determine if the state's nearly $20 billion budget and other recent legislation allow every child to get the chance for a sound basic education.

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Wilmington City Council approves budget
Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Tue, 06/21/2011 - 9:31pm.

Council members gave final approval to the $85 million budget they've been working through for months. The tough economy sparked reduced spending. City employees will not receive a pay increase and construction and maintenance costs are cut to a bare minimum. The budget does not call for a property tax increase or layoffs.

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Commissioners pass New Hanover budget, reject ABC chief raise
Submitted by Katie Harden on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 4:21pm.

New Hanover County Commissioners passed the FY2011-2012 budget today with a few tweaks, including a one percent merit pay increase for county employees. Commissioners also increased the budget for new hanover county schools by $1 million.

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ONLY ON 3: Goolsby calls veto override 'wonderful day' in NC
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 4:15pm.

video North Carolina's state budget has been adopted, even if the governor does not like it. Sen. Thom Goolsby said it was "a wonderful day in North Carolina," because the state has a balanced budget that won't increase spending.

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NC House overrides Perdue veto, Senate vote next
Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 5:59am.

The state government budget proposal written by the North Carolina Legislature is just one vote away from being enacted despite Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's objections.

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Perdue's likely veto defeat could be short-term
Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 1:43pm.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue would face a short-term political defeat should her historic veto of the North Carolina state budget be canceled by the Republican-led Legislature as early as Wednesday. But her fortunes may turn if her warnings of thousands of job losses in the public schools become true this fall.

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AG Cooper says state budget 'really cutting to the bone'
Submitted by Cliff Pyron on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 1:37pm.

North Carolina Attorney General says the current state budget proposal could hurt law enforcement in the state.

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