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Wilmington's budget gets city council's preliminary approval

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video Wilmington City Council met tonight for a preliminary vote on the 2011-2012 budget and unanimously approved it. With the city facing a fourth year of budget shortfalls, council members say they are attempting to compensate as best they can. Full story...
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Audit: NC loses millions in uncollected fines

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An audit says North Carolina loses millions of dollars every year because it doesn't have adequate resources or policies to collect fines from traffic cases and criminal offenses. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Gov. Perdue coming to Wilmington to talk budget and education

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Gov. Bev Perdue today will meet with education leaders in Wilmington. She will brief leaders on the impact of the proposed budget and ask for their input on what budget cuts will mean for education in New Hanover County. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. schools talk money with commissioners over budget discussion

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video Funding for education was one of the main issues discussed during the New Hanover County Commission meeting Monday night. Tim Markley, the New Hanover County Schools superintendent, requested $1 million for their operating budget, the same amount that was allotted last year. Full story...
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NC budget headed soon to dispute with Perdue

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A contentious North Carolina budget headed to Gov. Bev Perdue is getting more heated as Perdue breaks a logjam on unemployment benefits and a Republican leader was heard calling her "incompetent." Full story...
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Temporary taxes expire, TAs stay in new Senate budget plan; Governor has concerns

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North Carolina lawmakers have come up with a budget plan that could bypass long negotiations between Republicans and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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House, Senate budget deal would save teaching assistants

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The chief budget-writer in the North Carolina House says a potential deal to finalize a budget with the Senate would preserve funding for teaching assistant positions in the public schools. Full story...
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NC Senate committees begin discussing budget bill

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Senate Republicans unveiling their $19 billion plan for North Carolina state government say there's plenty for Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to like in this budget, and they hope it's enough to win her signature. Full story...
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Senate GOP about to roll out NC government budget

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Senate Republicans plan to unveil a budget for North Carolina government Tuesday that spends slightly more overall than the House version did and would hire 1,400 additional teachers in early grades. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: As New Hanover Co. looks to make cuts, commissioners run up tab

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video New Hanover County Commissioners are wrestling with a budget filled with cuts. But they may be guilty of not cutting back on their own spending. We requested recent travel expenses from several county commissioners who left the state on county business. The public records reveal $299 a night hotel stays, room service and golf gear. Full story...
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CFCC lunch raises big bucks for students

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Today, business and community leaders attended the CFCC Foundation's annual Gift of Education fundraising luncheon. Organizers said the seventh annual event raised awareness of the importance of supporting and strengthening our state's community college system. Perhaps most importantly the event raised about $180,000. Full story...
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NC budget panel OKs $7M annual abortion rules cost

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Fiscal conservatives say they will find the additional cost to North Carolina taxpayers projected for added requirements before an abortion is performed. Full story...
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Few turn out for Wilmington City Council public hearing on budget

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Wilmington City Council met tonight to talk money. The purpose of the meeting was to allow public input for the upcoming budget. But the public didn't seem too keen to offer input. The meeting was sparsely attended to be polite, and those who did address the council were mainly from other public sector and civic organizations. Full story...
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Gov. says budget battle for education is not a partisan issue, it's philosophical

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The budget battle in Raleigh is coming down to the wire, and Gov. Bev Perdue says things will start getting dicey on June 30. Full story...
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Berger MIA as Commission, School Board talk money

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video It was supposed to be a chance for New Hanover County Commissioners and School Board members to try and get on the same page about the school district's budget. Instead, a Friday morning meeting may show the continued problems among the County Commission. Full story...
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