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NC Senate spends less than House in budget changes

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North Carolina state Senate leaders are taking a more cautious approach to proposed budget adjustments than the House by spending less and setting aside more money in reserve in case Medicaid costs get out of hand. Full story...
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Perdue offers sweepstakes machines tax option for education

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Gov. Bev Perdue wants North Carolina legislators to tax video sweepstakes machines as long as they're legal for more education money since lawmakers won't accept her earlier proposal to raise the sales tax. Full story...
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Wilmington council continues budget talks, hires City Attorney

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video Wilmington City Council continues to work on its budget for the next fiscal year. Council held a budget workshop today the morning after a public hearing on the spending plan. Also today, Council named a City Attorney. Full story...
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City approves first of two votes for recommended budget

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video The city also held a public hearing on the recommended budget, where only four people attended, three of which were from city-partner agencies. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. School Board could see windfall from state budget

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The New Hanover County school board got tentative good news about the district's state funding at the board meeting Tuesday, the StarNews reports. Full story...
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NC appeals court considers pre-K for at-risk kids

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North Carolina lawmakers are backtracking months after legislation that cut access to pre-kindergarten education for needy children and hours before that law is examined by an appeals court. Full story...
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County partner agencies, supporters only ones to speak at budget hearing

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The budget is typically a contentious topic among folks in the county, but no one outside of an organization spoke out to county commissioners about the recommended funding. Full story...
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NC Pre-K limits get attention days before appeal

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State lawmakers are backing away from language that prompted a lawsuit over whether every needy child must be given pre-kindergarten education. Full story...
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NC House panel backs next year's budget changes

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House budget-writers have recommended changes to the spending plan for North Carolina state government next year that ease school district funding reductions and give public employees and teachers a small bonus four years after their last pay increase. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: City says taxpayers don't need to worry about Convention Center costs

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video With the City of Wilmington talking next year's budget, we wanted to find out how much it would cost to run the Convention Center and where the money would come from. Full story...
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