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Perdue wants higher sales tax for education

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Gov. Bev Perdue says her budget proposal for next year will include a temporary sales tax increase to restore education cuts made by the Republican-led General Assembly when they let a similar tax expire last July. Full story...
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Perdue: MLK wouldn't like voter ID, education cuts

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Gov. Bev Perdue says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be troubled by efforts in North Carolina to require photo identification to vote and by education spending reductions. Full story...
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Leaders discuss business of education over breakfast

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videoLocal and state leaders met for breakfast this morning and to discuss business of education. The New Hanover County School Board held a breakfast meeting to inform leaders about the importance of considering education as a top priority, especially when it comes to planning the 2012 budget. Full story...
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Navassa residents already disappointed in performance of newly elected town council

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video The town of Navassa is no stranger to conflict, and that continued Tuesday night during an emergency town council meeting. The council met to discuss a personnel issue and FEMA grant money for Hurricane Irene damage, but residents who were there had a lot more to talk about. Full story...
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NC ferries cut holiday routes to save money

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North Carolina's ferry service will be a little less frequent around Christmas time in a move officials hope will save nearly $50,000. Full story...
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NC lawmakers trade accusations again over layoffs

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State government data on how many laid-off public workers in North Carolina are getting severance are raising questions about how many people no longer have jobs under the budget pushed through by Republicans lawmakers. Full story...
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Fundraising extends NC Governor's School for 2012

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A program for gifted students in North Carolina will go on next summer after receiving gifts from alumni and other donors. Full story...
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NC on the hook for $20M this year for hurricane

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State officials say North Carolina government should be on the hook for roughly $20 million this fiscal year for its share of costs to respond to Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall debated by legislators

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A Republican budget-writer says he doesn't envision large reimbursement rate cuts for doctors or eliminating optional medical services for North Carolina Medicaid patients to help close a projected $140 million shortfall this year. Full story...
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Chancellor focusing on UNCW's future in tough economy

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UNCW's Gary Miller is still new to his job. Today he discussed his vision for the university and how to do more with less in such tough economic times. Full story...
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Senator: NC layoffs in classroom will decrease

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A key Republican budget-writer is predicting the number of job losses in North Carolina public school classrooms actually will be much less than the 1,800 reported to state educators as school began in August. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield travels a lot, but commission costs well under budget

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There has been talk that New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield has been traveling a lot and may have caused the county to overspend its travel budget. So we looked into Barfield's expenses. Full story...
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UNC system loses 3,000 workers after budget

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The University of North Carolina system says it has cut more than 3,000 jobs because of spending reductions required by the General Assembly in this year's budget Full story...
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Auditors critical of NC health plan contract

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State auditors say North Carolina's health insurance plan for workers could have saved more than $1 million if it had written a better contract with a hospital and monitored rates more closely. Full story...
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Wilmington Council says no to buying land along river

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Wilmington City Council voted not to buy a plot of land along the Cape Fear River. City Council held a special meeting this afternoon to discuss wether to buy nearly eight acres of land known as the Sawmill Point Marina site. Full story...
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