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House passes debt ceiling bill

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The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future. Full story...
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Sierra Club volunteer to give presentation of wind energy benefits to New Hanover Co. Commissioners

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Our state may soon be home to off shore wind farms. That’s according to Mac Montgomery, who volunteers with the North Carolina Sierra Club for offshore wind. Full story...
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Government suing Taco Bell franchisee over employee firing

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The federal government is suing a North Carolina Taco Bell franchisee, claiming the company fired an employee whose religious beliefs prohibit him from cutting his hair. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. residents discuss new trash pick-up plan with county officials

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video Folks in New Hanover County were talking trash Tuesday night. The first of three town hall meetings was held today to discuss New Hanover County's proposed plan for the future of waste collection. Though the proposed recommendation would include new services like curbside recycling, some residents say there's no reason to change the current system. Full story...
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Lawmakers could vote on proposed changes to NC constitution

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The General Assembly could take up proposed changes to the North Carolina constitution before they leave town this week. Full story...
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Attention draws to a tardy Brian Berger at meeting with fellow GOP leaders

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It's been nearly two weeks since New Hanover county commissioner Brian Berger was arrested for a domestic dispute. Berger showed up 20 minutes late and avoided our cameras at the county GOP’s monthly meeting. Fellow commissioners appeared to be in good spirits but the attention was obviously drawn to Berger. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Saffo says proposed hotel ship would require funds the city doesn't have

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video The new convention center has brought in a good amount of visitors but one man says his idea will attract even more folks to the center and the rest of the Cape Fear. John Voet says his hotel ship is what Wilmington needs. He’s proposing docking the ship downtown along the river walk. But for now, Mayor Bill Saffo says the city will not be moving forward with Voet's proposal. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council approves budget

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Council members gave final approval to the $85 million budget they've been working through for months. The tough economy sparked reduced spending. City employees will not receive a pay increase and construction and maintenance costs are cut to a bare minimum. The budget does not call for a property tax increase or layoffs. Full story...
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Senator Debbie Clary stepping down in November

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A lawmaker who first arrived in the North Carolina House when Republicans took control for the first time in more than a century will step down from the Senate the year the GOP made similar history in both chambers. Full story...
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NC Legislature still meeting

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North Carolina state lawmakers still have a little more work to do before they leave Raleigh on a long break. Full story...
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Perdue ready to veto voter i.d. measure

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Gov. Beverly Perdue sounds ready to veto a measure heading to her desk that would require North Carolina voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Full story...
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Bill making stock car racing official state sport awaiting Perdue's approval

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Legislation declaring stock car racing as North Carolina's state sport has only Gov. Beverly Perdue to pass before taking the checkered flag. Full story...
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House to vote on possible override of Perdue's veto of state budget bill

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The North Carolina House plans to vote after midnight on whether to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of the state government budget bill. Full story...
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General Assembly police called in to deal with angry parents at Senate committee meeting

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North Carolina General Assembly police officers were brought in to keep the peace after parents of children with disabilities were unhappy a meeting ended before they could speak about a bill that would change how Medicaid services are offered. Full story...
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Bill regulating professional sports agents moves to NC House

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Reworked rules governing professional sports agents working in North Carolina are moving through the General Assembly, months after a scandal involving a longtime NFL agent and a University of North Carolina football player. Full story...
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