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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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