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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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ACLU questions if counties comply with prison law

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North Carolina sheriffs in 23 counties haven't responded to a request for written policies showing they're in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, but the head of their advocacy group says they may still be following the law. Full story...
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Court: NC lawmakers must release some documents

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A federal magistrate says North Carolina state legislators can't ignore subpoenas from attorneys seeking documents that may help explain how and why last year's election and voting overhaul law was developed and approved. But the court also ruled late Thursday the lawmakers could still cite a legal doctrine giving them the privilege to keep private certain internal files. Full story...
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Wos, NC lawmakers at odds during meeting

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The heat has been turned up on North Carolina's health agency secretary by legislative leaders questioning whether her office can operate the department effectively and pull off Medicaid reform. Full story...
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NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash dam

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Photos taken earlier this month show North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River. Full story...
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McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

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Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration's transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina. Full story...
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