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Victims of NC eugenics program file claims

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A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state's forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund. Full story...
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City Council eyes tax increase

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videoCity council won't vote on the budget until the middle of June. Until then they'll continue to hammer out specifics. On the table Tuesday, Wilmington’s City Council is pounding out the 2014-15 budget. Full story...
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WHA trespassing list easier to get

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videoThe Wilmington Housing Authority made its trespassing list easier to find. The move comes at the urging of many. WHA Board Chair, Jeff Hovis, says this is the first time the list has been posted online. Full story...
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Campaigns heat up in final days

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videoBig political names are in town doing their part to sway voters in the days leading up to the primaries. The race for US Congress in our area is heating up, and the candidates are getting their hands dirty. Full story...
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Carolina Beach asks county for renourishment help

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videoBeach renourishment has been going on with the help of the federal government for almost 50 years. The trouble is that millions of dollars in federal funds is slated to run out at the end of this year. Full story...
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NC governor proposes new coal ash plan after spill

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North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. Full story...
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Delay sought on NC same-sex marriage lawsuit

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North Carolina's attorney general is asking a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying an order expected later this year in another case likely will resolve the situation. Full story...
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Kure Beach votes on seismic testing

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videoKure beach's town council won't say no to seismic testing. “We need to find out what’s out there,” said Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth in support of seismic testing, “that’s all we need to do is just test and find out what’s out there.” Full story...
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USDA says NC health agency met food stamp deadline

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The federal government is satisfied that North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has met the final deadline to whittle down its backlog of food stamp applications at local social service offices. Full story...
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McCrory, tax overhaul opponents differ on result

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Gov. Pat McCrory and other North Carolina conservative leaders remain convinced last year's tax overhaul law will result in more money in people's wallets and more jobs, even as critics insist most people will see higher taxes. McCrory used Tuesday's tax filing deadline to celebrate lower income and corporate income tax rates approved by the legislature. Full story...
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NC LGBT group to hold rally over tax filing policy

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North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy group is holding a rally to protest a new state tax policy regarding same-sex couples. Full story...
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Clodfelter sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor

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Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring. Clodfelter took the oath of office Wednesday next to his wife, Elizabeth, and one of his two daughters. Full story...
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NC local business taxes capped in proposal

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The General Assembly is likely to debate legislation this session that would streamline local business taxes, even as some lawmakers and municipal lobbyists caution towns and cities could have to raise property taxes if it passed. A tax study committee tentatively agreed Wednesday to recommend to the full legislature a repeal of business privilege license taxes levied by 300 municipalities in July 2015. It would be replaced with a tax capped at $100 per business location. Full story...
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Monroe man sentenced to life in 14-year-old case

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A Monroe man has been sentenced to life in prison after his conviction in a 14-year-old murder case. The Charlotte Observer reports 57-year-old John Joseph Carvalho II was convicted by a Union County jury after two hours of deliberation. Carvalho had been charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Full story...
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Two NC Senate debates scheduled before early voting

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Two televised debates and possibly a third will air later this month so North Caroilna voters can learn more about some of the eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates. The participating candidates will be Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris and Thom Tillis. Full story...
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