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Judge agrees to delay in Cannon sentencing

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A federal judge has agreed to delay sentencing for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon in his public corruption case. Area media outlets report the hearing is now scheduled for Oct. 14. U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney agreed Thursday to a defense request to move the hearing from Sept. 25 so a New York psychiatrist can testify in Cannon's behalf. Full story...
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Group: NC restrictions deny hundreds of votes

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An election reform group says two specific portions of North Carolina's new voting law prevented hundreds of people from having their ballots counted during the May primary. Democracy North Carolina held a news conference Wednesday to remind people about the voting restrictions and to urge people to register to vote before the Oct. 10 deadline for the November election. Full story...
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Media outlets plan NC Senate debate without Hagan

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A television news outlet and North Carolina's two largest newspapers will hold a debate next month in the U.S. Senate race even if Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan doesn't participate. Time Warner Cable News North Carolina says it will air a live debate Oct. 21. The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh also are producing the debate. The cable channel says Republican Thom Tillis and Libertarian Sean Haugh have agreed to participate if they meet criteria. Full story...
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Appeals court sets quick date on NC voting law

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A federal appeals court is hurrying to hear arguments in a case challenging changes to North Carolina voting law. The new law is considered one of the toughest in the country and critics say it will suppress minority voter turnout. Full story...
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Ex-Charlotte mayor's lawyers seek sentencing delay

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Lawyers for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon have filed a request to delay sentencing in his public corruption case. Area media outlets report the motion filed on Monday says one or more witnesses are unavailable for that date, and asks for a new sentencing date of Oct. 13. The original sentencing hearing was scheduled for Sept. 25. Full story...
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Teachers' group running anti-Tillis ad in NC

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A political spending arm of the nation's largest teachers' union is spending $1.7 million for a commercial in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race critical of House Speaker Thom Tillis on public school spending. The National Education Association said the commercial began running Friday and will continue for a week in six leading television markets. It's also going online. Full story...
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Tillis, Hagan gear up for 1st NC Senate debate

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videoNorth Carolina's leading U.S. Senate candidates are finally meeting in person to trade accusations and present their case to voters on live television. Full story...
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Week of protests wraps up at NC Capitol

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About 150 people gathered to march around North Carolina's Capitol as a coalition led by North Carolina's NAACP wraps up a week of demonstrations. The group circled the Capitol seven times and stopped during each pass to allow speakers to address different themes including labor and voting rights. The group is also gathering for a voting rights rally nearby. Full story...
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White House honor comes as vet's business totters

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A former Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who started a coffee shop that employs fellow veterans is to be honored at a White House event Wednesday even as he solicits online donations to stay open. Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits owner Matt Victoriano admitted Tuesday it's ironic to be honored as an example of the successful veteran-turned-entrepreneur when he may have to shut down in less than two weeks. Full story...
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NC judge agrees agent's firing should be upheld

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An administrative law judge says the state's firing of a North Carolina crime lab agent linked to dozens of misreported lab results should be upheld. The judge ruled Tuesday the State Bureau of Investigation met its burden of proof for just cause to dismiss Duane Deaver in 2011. Deaver had petitioned the Office of Administrative Hearings to get his job back. Full story...
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Charlotte considers millions on Hornets arena

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The city of Charlotte is considering a plan to spend about $30 million to make improvements at Time Warner Cable Area, home of the NBA's Hornets. Staffers told Charlotte City Council on Monday the money would come from two hospitality taxes. City council is expected to take a first vote on the proposal at a meeting Sept. 8. Full story...
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McCrory appoints lawyer to NC Appeals Court

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Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a Winston-Salem lawyer to a vacant seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. McCrory's office announced Monday the governor appointed Richard Dietz to the appeals court bench. Full story...
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McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution. Full story...
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Obama to address American Legion in Charlotte

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President Barack Obama is coming to North Carolina to address the American Legion convention. A statement released from the White House Press Office on Friday said Obama will address the convention on Tuesday. Full story...
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Protesters attend labor rights rally at NC Capitol

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Dozens of demonstrators wearing red union shirts rallied at the North Carolina capitol to call for fair wages and workers' rights. Friday's rally kicked off seven days of demonstrations by the organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests of conservative public policy at the North Carolina Legislature. About 1,000 people have been arrested at the protests during the past two legislative sessions. Full story...
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