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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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Area legislators preview Perdue's State of the State address

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Gov. Bev Perdue will give her biennial State of the State address Monday night in Raleigh. We spoke with two legislators from New Hanover County about what they predict the governor will focus on. Full story...
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Goolsby files involuntary annexation bill

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Legislation proposed in the North Carolina House and Senate would put a moratorium on involuntary annexations in the state. Full story...
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Thompson wants more county power over uninsured cars

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Drivers who don't have car insurance may have their car impounded if a New Hanover County Commissioner has his way. Full story...
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Governor Perdue orders flags lowered to half-staff

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Governor Perdue has joined President Obama in ordering all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff immediately and through sunset Friday, January 14, in tribute to those injured and killed in the Tucson tragedy this past weekend. Full story...
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