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State legislature pushing through election-related bills

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The Republican-led Legislature is pushing through several election-related bills that would make it easier for third-party candidates to get on the ballot, make judicial races partisan again and eliminate straight-party voting. Full story...
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House backing pro-life license plates

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The North Carolina House is backing an effort to put an anti-abortion message on license plates and rejecting tags bearing an abortion rights phrase. Full story...
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Smart Start leader says proposed budget would eliminate program

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A leader of the statewide nonprofit that administers North Carolina's Smart Start program says the current Senate budget proposal would effectively kill the nationally recognized early childhood initiative. Full story...
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Gold could become official state mineral through new bill

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North Carolina's rich gold history could be honored with legislation by the General Assembly. The Senate voted Monday night to make gold the official state mineral. Bill sponsor Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County said the idea came from fourth-graders in his district. Full story...
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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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