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McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

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Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration's transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina. Full story...
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Judge rejects Duke's call to stay ruling

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A judge is rejecting Duke Energy's attempt to stop a ruling that would force the company to take immediate action to clean up its coal ash dumps. But Duke asked Ridgeway to stay the ruling until the company could appeal. Duke officials did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Thursday. Full story...
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Wos: NC ready to meet food stamp deadline

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Just a week after North Carolina's health secretary said it would be difficult to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month, she now says it's possible. Full story...
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Senators seek cancer study of Lejeune water

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North Carolina's two U.S. senators say a federal health agency should conduct a cancer incidence study for the groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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Wake Co. Sheriff: Six detention officers lose jobs

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The Wake County sheriff says six detention officers are no longer on the job as the result of an investigation into inappropriate relationships with inmates. Hayes was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the death of her husband's ex-girlfriend, who was dismembered. Full story...
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Asheville abortion services to move to new clinic

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A Planned Parenthood facility scheduled to open this summer will take over the abortion services provided by another clinic in Asheville. The suspension came days after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation TO regulate abortion clinics. Full story...
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Report: More info needed to assess NC driver's ed

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The North Carolina legislature's government watchdog agency says the state still does not have a good handle on how effective local driver's education programs for high school students are financially or how well they produce safe drivers. Full story...
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Charlotte Douglas airport reopens 4th runway

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has reopened its fourth runway after a review ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Charlotte Observer reported the reopening of the airport's shortest runway comes after the FAA had ordered it closed because of safety concerns. Full story...
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NC coming up against another food stamp deadline

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North Carolina's health secretary says it will be "extremely difficult" to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month to comply with demands from federal regulators. Full story...
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Local governments could face $100 business tax cap

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Legislators at the General Assembly are interested in streamlining how local governments can tax North Carolina businesses in a move that could take away millions of dollars from the state's largest cities. A committee that focuses on tax issues unveiled Wednesday a new version of a bill that would repeal the business privilege license tax municipalities can charge and replace it with a new tax that would be capped at $100 per business location. Full story...
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Voting Rights Act caravan to DC stops in Raleigh

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A caravan of civil rights activists from Alabama stopped in North Carolina's capital to bring attention to efforts to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act to more Southern states. Full story...
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Greensboro food pantries expecting bare shelves

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Food pantries in the Greensboro area expect their supplies to run out after more than 100,000 went without power in Guilford County because of a winter storm. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Blessed Table Food Pantry are encouraging area residents to donate to their shelters. Full story...
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NC health insurance sign-ups higher than predicted

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The Obama administration says North Carolina's marketplace for subsidized health insurance continues to enroll buyers for private coverage at a steady clip. Full story...
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Split NC education board OKs new testing levels

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A split North Carolina State Board of Education has agreed to change how students will be labeled based on standardized test scores in a move which means more students will be considered proficient in skills and courses. Full story...
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