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NC Senate

Butler attacks Goolsby with transvaginal wand

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video A new ad in the race for state Senate District 9 is grabbing people's attention. Deb Butler's new ad says incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby is trying to follow women into the doctor's office. Full story...
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Tensions run high between Butler, Goolsby at candidate forum

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video The candidates for NC Senate District 9, incumbent Republican Thom Goolsby and Democratic challenger Deb Butler, wasted no time trading jabs at a forum Tuesday night hosted by 91.3fm WHQR. Full story...
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Voters choose Senate candidates for November ballot

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North Carolina voters have put the finishing touches on which Senate candidates will appear on the November ballot. Full story...
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NC Senate Democrats push back on probe of letters

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Senate Democrats are criticizing the way the chamber's Republican leaders are investigating how and why letters by a Department of Transportation executive were changed with help from aides to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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Perdue aide speaks to NC Senate panel over letters

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A senior adviser to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says he regrets how changes to letters under a Department of Transportation executive's signature were handled, but he says there was no attempt to deliberately mislead lawmakers. Full story...
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No money for eugenics compensation in budget, local victim not giving up hope

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video Compensation for victims of the North Carolina eugenics program was cut from next year’s budget. Victims of forced sterilization were supposed to get $50,000 each after a panel approved a $10 million compensation package. Full story...
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NC Senate panel wants more info on highway letter

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A Senate committee is investigating a letter that a senator received from the North Carolina Department of Transportation about funding for two highway toll projects that turned out to be false. Full story...
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NC Senate gives final approval to its budget plan

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The Senate and House have now approved competing budget bills for North Carolina state government for the coming year. The Senate on Thursday completed the final required votes for a proposed $20 billion plan, approving the Republican-developed proposal on a party-line vote. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sterilization victim reacts to absent compensation bill in Senate budget

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video Elnora Mills was sterilized at age 16. She thinks it happened while in surgery to have her appendix removed. Two years later she found out. Though a bill passed through the state House last week, money for Mills and other eugenics victims is not in the Senate's budget. Full story...
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NC Senate gives tentative approval to $20B budget

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The North Carolina Senate has agreed along party lines to a $20 billion budget bill for next year that Republican plan authors say puts the state on stronger fiscal footing but Democrats derided as sending the wrong message on education. 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 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 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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NC Senate spends less than House in budget changes

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North Carolina state Senate leaders are taking a more cautious approach to proposed budget adjustments than the House by spending less and setting aside more money in reserve in case Medicaid costs get out of hand. Full story...
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NC Senate panel OKs framework to regulate fracking

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A Senate committee has recommended a framework which the state of North Carolina should follow while legalizing a controversial form of natural gas drilling. Full story...
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