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1st day bills filed at the NC General Assembly at-a-glance

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The first work day at the General Assembly usually brings an early flurry of bills. Nearly 30 were filed by late Wednesday afternoon in the House and Senate. Full story...
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NC Democratic lawmakers get out quickly on economy

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Democrats at the General Assembly are trying to get out of the blocks quickly this year as lawmakers emphasize the economy and job creation. More than two dozen House and Senate members from the legislature's minority party attended Wednesday what was called a "Job Growth Forum" in Raleigh. Full story...
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Charlotte, Triangle selected to receive Google Fiber service

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Google says Charlotte and the Research Triangle area are getting its Internet and TV service that provides data at high speed. In February, Google announced it would work with 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas to explore bringing Google Fiber to those communities. Full story...
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Cooper tells NC Democrats it's not early to think about 2016

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll keep speaking out against Republican policies during the new North Carolina legislative session that convenes Wednesday. Cooper also told about 300 Democratic activists at a Tuesday luncheon that he would back efforts to raise teacher pay across the board and to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional residents. Full story...
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Pedestrian hit, killed by Amtrak train in Burlington

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Burlington police say a pedestrian is dead after being struck by an Amtrak train. A statement from police says emergency personnel responded to a call on Tuesday and found the body of a man near the tracks. Full story...
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Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

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The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent in December

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North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month, falling to 5.5 percent in December. Full story...
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Police accuse man of shooting, killing barking dog

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Police in Burlington have accused a man of killing a dog while it was inside a parked car at his home because it wouldn't stop barking. Area media outlets report 56-year-old Timothy Enoch surrendered to authorities at the Burlington Police Department after the incident Sunday night. Full story...
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Courts, revenues could alter NC legislature's school agenda

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The public school agenda at the upcoming General Assembly session will almost certainly involve raising minimum salaries for teachers and considering what merit pay should look like in North Carolina. Otherwise, the K-12 education agenda before the Legislature is largely up in the air heading into Wednesday, when lawmakers reconvene for this year's work period. Full story...
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Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial

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A former U.S. Army prosecutor who handled sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg. The Army issued a five-sentence statement Monday saying Maj. Erik J. Burris was found guilty on two charges of rape and forcible sodomy, and four charges of assault and disobeying an order. Full story...
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