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Wright left off budget committee

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Thomas Wright is left out. House Speaker Joe Hackney recently appointed representatives to the budget committee. But Thomas Wright was the only democrat who didn't get a seat. Full story...
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Boyle will sentence ex-Speaker Jim Black on federal charges

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US District Judge Terrence Boyle will preside at the sentencing of former state House Speaker Jim Black. He's replacing a judge who removed himself from the case. Full story...
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Pender County adding voting precincts

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Long lines at the voting booths in Pender County during the last presidential election has brought about some changes. You may be voting elsewhere: Elections officials say back in 2004 some county residents had to wait more than four hours to cast their ballot. Full story...
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Local leaders take food stamp challenge

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Could you survive on $21 a week for food? Cape Fear area leaders put food stamps to the test. Last Tuesday some local leaders began the "food stamp challenge." Full story...
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Senate Republicans considering supporting Democrats' budget

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The Senate is expected to debate today its $20 billion proposed budget for next year and many Republicans are considering voting for it. Full story...
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Wright blames campaign finance reporting errors on sloppiness

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New Hanover Representative Thomas Wright says any campaign finance mistakes were the result of sloppiness. Wright is under investigation for possible violations of campaign finance law. He told a Wilmington newspaper nothing was deliberate. Full story...
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Wright: Easley inconsistent to call for his resignation

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State Representative Thomas Wright says it's inconsistent of Governor Easley to call for his resignation. Full story...
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EPA calls on Wilmington to answer about sewers

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The City of Wilmington has been summoned to answer to the feds about sewers. The Environmental Protection Agency is calling on City officials to appear at the Atlanta office on May 31. Full story...
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Easley: Wright should resign from N.C. House

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Governor Mike Easley also believes Representative Thomas Wright should resign. Full story...
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Wright says he won't resign

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State Representative Thomas Wright says he's not leaving office. The New Hanover County Democrat's comment was in response to a call from House Speaker Joe Hackney that he should resign from office. It was about a week ago that state elections officials asked prosecutors to investigate Wright's campaign finances. Full story...
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Wright allegations keep scrutiny on legislators, nonprofits

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An elections board ruling in the case of state Representative Thomas Wright and tougher ethics rules are restricting what lawmakers may legally do for nonprofit groups. Full story...
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Bush's immigration reform proposal drawing fire

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President Bush has unveiled a new immigration reform proposal and it's already drawing fire. Full story...
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Hackney calls on ethics panel to look into Wright case

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House Speaker Joe Hackney is calling on a legislative ethics panel to decide whether Rep. Thomas Wright broke ethics rules. Hackney made the request Wednesday evening, hours after he stopped short of calling on Wright to resign. Full story...
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House panel OKs restoring $100 threshold for campaign reporting

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A House committee is split on the issue of identifying people who donate 100 dollars or less to political campaigns. Full story...
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MySpace says it won't give sex offender data to attorneys general

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MySpace.com says it won't comply with a request by attorneys general from eight states to hand over the names of registered sex offenders who use their Web site. Full story...
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