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Charlotte seeks AG ruling on amendment, benefits

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Charlotte city leaders are asking the state attorney general to decide whether it's OK to offer same-sex partner benefits in light of the constitutional amendment that defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. Full story...
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SC GOP volunteers head north to NC help party

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orth Carolina's Republican Party is getting a little help from its friends. South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says he's pledging 1,000 volunteers to work phones, knock on doors and register voters in North Carolina. Full story...
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Opening statements start in Williford murder trial

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An attorney for the North Carolina man accused in the death of a state Board of Education member says his client suffered from a number of mental illnesses that made it impossible for him to form the intent to commit first-degree murder. Full story...
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Car inspection exemption idea rejected by NC panel

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A legislative panel has declined to recommend to the full General Assembly that late-model automobiles be exempted from annual North Carolina safety inspections. Full story...
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NC blocks dues check-off law targeting NCAE

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A trial court judge has blocked from taking effect a state law preventing members of the North Carolina Association of Educators from having their dues removed automatically from paychecks until a lawsuit is heard. Full story...
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UNC former president in critical condition

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University of North Carolina President Emeritus William Friday remains in critical condition at UNC Hospitals. Full story...
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NC Legislature returns to work, met by protesters

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The North Carolina Legislature is opening its budget-adjusting session by getting right to work on closing this year's Medicaid shortfall and considering changes to annexation and gambling laws. Full story...
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NC bill supports compensation for eugenics victims

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State legislators have filed a bill recommending that people forcibly sterilized decades ago in North Carolina get $50,000 each. Full story...
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NC Chamber wants cuts in unemployment benefits

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North Carolina's main business booster group wants legislators to cut future unemployment benefits and issue taxpayer-backed bonds to close a debt to the federal government. Full story...
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Defense rests without calling Edwards, mistress

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John Edwards' defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand. Full story...
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