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Elections chief says early voting bill could cause long lines at polls

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North Carolina's elections chief says a bill to shorten the early voting period likely would result in longer lines at polling sites and make elections more expensive. Full story...
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Early voting legislation barely clears House

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An effort to reduce by a week North Carolina's early voting period has barely cleared the House even after the measure was changed to promote more voting at night and on Saturdays. Full story...
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Bill to speed up presentation of evidence to District Attorneys goes to Senate

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A method that could speed up offering the state's potential evidence to defense attorneys has been approved in the North Carolina House. Full story...
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Berger continues to have beef with fellow New Hanover Co. Commissioners

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video The drama between New Hanover County Commissioners just doesn't seem to end. Commissioner Brian Berger says he's just become accustomed to attacks from fellow commissioners, but this time, he says things got physical. Full story...
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N.C. leaders support challenge to healthcare reform overhaul

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North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have joined Minnesota legislators to put their two cents in to support litigation in which 26 states have challenged last year's federal health care overhaul. Full story...
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Senate moves forward with energy exploration measure

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The North Carolina Senate is pushing ahead with the idea of allowing energy exploration off the state's coast.The Senate voted 38-12 on Tuesday to back a measure supporterssay would help the state cash in on energy royalties and possibly create thousands of long-term jobs. Full story...
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Legislative district maps may be drawn soon

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North Carolina legislators have completed nearly four weeks of public comment on how boundaries for congressional and General Assembly seats should look for the next decade, and maps could be drawn very soon. Full story...
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House agrees on Republican penned budget

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The House has tentatively agreed to a $19 billion plus budget bill for next year, penned by Republicans, that would let expire a pair of temporary tax increases and received some Democratic support. Full story...
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Fake Marine Colonel found guilty

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A man accused of lying about Vietnam-era combat and collecting $30,000 in compensation has been convicted in federal court in North Carolina. Full story...
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Lawmakers suspend plastic bag ban in Outer Banks

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North Carolina lawmakers have suspended a plastic bag ban for the Outer Banks to help a grocery store chain whose distribution center was destroyed by last weekend's deadly tornadoes. Full story...
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Lawmakers consider cap on coastal jetties if new bill passes

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House members want to limit the number of coastal jetties that could be built if legislation passes allowing coastal communities to build hardened structures. Full story...
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Timing tight on NC showdown on jobless benefits

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A deadline is looming for about 37,000 jobless North Carolina workers within days of losing their unemployment checks as Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue fight over the cost of keeping the money flowing. Full story...
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Lawmakers hear from public on drawing legislative district boundaries

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North Carolina lawmakers have heard from the first batch of citizens who wanted to give them advice about how they should draw congressional and state legislative district boundaries for the next 10 years. Full story...
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Critics target NC bill limiting DAs evidence risk

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Defense attorneys and people who were wrongly convicted after their lawyers did not get crucial investigative details are criticizing legislation proposed in North Carolina. Full story...
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Presumption for deadly force OKd in NC Senate bill

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Some North Carolina lawmakers want to make it clear that people who feel threatened for their lives in their home, car or job by someone breaking in can use deadly force against the intruder. Full story...
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