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Charlotte Douglas airport reopens 4th runway

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has reopened its fourth runway after a review ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Charlotte Observer reported the reopening of the airport's shortest runway comes after the FAA had ordered it closed because of safety concerns. Full story...
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NC coming up against another food stamp deadline

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North Carolina's health secretary says it will be "extremely difficult" to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month to comply with demands from federal regulators. Full story...
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Local governments could face $100 business tax cap

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Legislators at the General Assembly are interested in streamlining how local governments can tax North Carolina businesses in a move that could take away millions of dollars from the state's largest cities. A committee that focuses on tax issues unveiled Wednesday a new version of a bill that would repeal the business privilege license tax municipalities can charge and replace it with a new tax that would be capped at $100 per business location. Full story...
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Voting Rights Act caravan to DC stops in Raleigh

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A caravan of civil rights activists from Alabama stopped in North Carolina's capital to bring attention to efforts to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act to more Southern states. Full story...
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Greensboro food pantries expecting bare shelves

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Food pantries in the Greensboro area expect their supplies to run out after more than 100,000 went without power in Guilford County because of a winter storm. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Blessed Table Food Pantry are encouraging area residents to donate to their shelters. Full story...
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NC health insurance sign-ups higher than predicted

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The Obama administration says North Carolina's marketplace for subsidized health insurance continues to enroll buyers for private coverage at a steady clip. Full story...
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Split NC education board OKs new testing levels

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A split North Carolina State Board of Education has agreed to change how students will be labeled based on standardized test scores in a move which means more students will be considered proficient in skills and courses. Full story...
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Three North Carolina child service offices to close

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Three regional North Carolina government offices designed to help the youngest children with developmental delays or mental or physical disabilities are closing, eliminating 170 state employee positions. Full story...
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Over half of NC households lack nest egg

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A nonprofit group says more than half of North Carolina households have little or no savings to cover emergencies or start building a better life. Full story...
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Wilmington releases revised trash collection schedule

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The City of Wilmington will not provide trash pickup service on Thursday, January 30, due to unsafe road conditions and safety concerns for employees. Full story...
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Municipal Golf Course work could cost up to $1 million

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videoIt was supposed to be a $700,000 project. But, the city's spokeswoman, Melissa Talbert, said it will now most likely cost more than $1 million to restore the greens and bunkers, plus do drainage and irrigation improvements because crews must make more repairs than originally thought. Full story...
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NC state workers, governor to remember King

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North Carolina state employees are gathering again in a downtown Raleigh church to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor a state worker for improving their community and race relations. Full story...
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Civil rights group to announce more NC protests

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Civil rights leaders are going to announce their plans for another round of protests over Republican policies in North Carolina. Full story...
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