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Senate budget gives NC gov more employment power

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North Carolina's next governor would be able to hire more political appointees than his predecessor and decide on pay for his Cabinet if the Senate's budget proposal becomes law. Full story...
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NC Senate approves sea level calculation bill

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists' warnings of rising sea levels. Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday. The measure received little fanfare and no senators spoke in opposition to the measure. Full story...
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NC 'guns in bars' bill could die in committee

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Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside. The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion. Full story...
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NC Senate budget approved by committee

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The North Carolina Senate's largest committee has moved along the Republicans' budget proposal for next year without making changes sought by advocates for the public schools and the prevention of teen smoking and adolescent pregnancy. Full story...
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NC sets schedule for proposed energy merger

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North Carolina regulators say they will accept comments and testimony for a week about Duke Energy's proposed takeover of Progress Energy. Full story...
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Charlotte OKs $8M for Knights baseball stadium

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The Charlotte Knights baseball team is a step closer to playing its games in a new stadium. The Charlotte City Council on Monday voted 7-4 in favor of giving the team $8 million toward the project. Full story...
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NC Senate budget proposal heads to committee vote

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Senate Republicans are talking up fiscal restraint in their proposed North Carolina state government budget for next year. Full story...
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Police investigate death of 16-month-old Spring Lake boy

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Cumberland County deputies are investigating the death of a 16-month old Spring Lake boy found unconscious in a bath tub. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back crimes on terrorism, child sale

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The General Assembly is working toward creating new crimes in North Carolina that attempt to punish people who participate in terrorism and sell or buy a child. Full story...
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More changes approved for NC racial bias law

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Republican legislators keep trying to narrow the focus of the Racial Justice Act to satisfy enough colleagues so changes to the 2009 law on the death penalty can withstand any veto by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. Full story...
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