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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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New negotiations begin on future of Dix campus

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Negotiations between officials from the state and the city of Raleigh have begun again regarding the future of the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus. Full story...
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Tumult over military sexual assaults far from over

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The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the US military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain. 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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Raleigh couple gives NC State $3 million

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A Raleigh couple is giving North Carolina State University $3 million to start a program to help rural students get into the school. Full story...
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Lawmakers to pay respects to late Senator Nesbitt

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Colleagues of the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt are planning to gather in western North Carolina to bid the lawmaker farewell and honor his legacy representing mountain constituents. Full story...
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Voting rights rally planned in Raleigh

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A caravan of people urging the restoration of the Voting Rights Act will join North Carolina activists in Raleigh in a protest. Full story...
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Judge won't dismiss general's sex assault charges

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A military judge has declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against an Army general. Judge Col. James Pohl on Monday offered the defense team to let a different commanding general and prosecutors consider a plea deal that was previously rejected. Full story...
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NC dental board considers rule changes

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The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners could change rules on emergency response and training after a second death linked to "conscious sedation." Full story...
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NC leaders deciding again on state's film break future

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North Carolina's film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state's economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script. Full story...
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NC power outages at about 78,000 after storm

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About 78,000 customers remain without power as North Carolina continues to recover from a winter storm that dumped snow, sleet and up to a half-inch of ice in some areas. Full story...
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NC Dems' interim director given long-term title

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The North Carolina Democratic Party has chosen as its executive director the woman who'd been serving in the role on an interim basis. Full story...
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