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NC school board approves online charter schools experiment

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North Carolina's statewide school board is approving the first online schools run by for-profit companies and with the flexibility that goes with being charter schools. Full story...
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Coalition starts bid to expand Medicaid in North Carolina

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A coalition of groups is beginning an effort to expand Medicaid in North Carolina despite opposition from Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly. The Charlotte Observer reports the various group gathered for a news conference Wednesday to outline their plans. Full story...
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Early-session spending bill approved by NC Senate

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The state Senate supports making spending changes to help a panel reviewing public school academic standards do its work and so a rule-making body can defend itself in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education. The chamber voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that locates $275,000 to operate the committee recommending changes by the end of the year to Common Core. The vote was 38-11. Full story...
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McCrory wants lawmakers to borrow, raise teacher base pay

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videoNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants legislators to let the state borrow roughly $2.5 billion for transportation and government infrastructure and to fulfill their promise to raise base teacher pay to $35,000 this fall. McCrory's office released goals Wednesday night as he delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Full story...
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McCrory ready for State of the State; WATCH LIVE at 7 p.m.

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Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to give lawmakers and North Carolina television viewers his take on the first two years of his term and what he wants to accomplish in the next two. Full story...
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NC school board sets conditions for online charter schools

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The state school board is nearing approval of North Carolina's first online schools run by companies that lean heavily on parents to guide students sitting at home. Full story...
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NC health agency reminds people to get measles vaccination

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North Carolina's health agency is advising people to vaccinate against measles, especially since 102 people from 14 states were diagnosed with the illness last month. Full story...
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NC House Democrats want incentives sweetened again

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Democrats at the General Assembly say economic incentives in North Carolina need to be sweetened again so more middle-class adults can get better-paying jobs. Full story...
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Tillis: Restaurant worker hand washing should be optional

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videoA freshman Republican senator says restaurants shouldn't have to make their employees wash their hands after bathroom visits if they are willing to accept the consequences. Full story...
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Former Charlotte mayor indicted for casting illegal vote

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A Mecklenburg County grand jury has indicted former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon for election fraud after he cast an early ballot in the 2014 election. Full story...
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