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NC Senate head: Jobless funds standoff continues

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The leader of the North Carolina Senate says there's no change in the political faceoff with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue over extending unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. Full story...
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Senate approves new communication technology rules

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New rules governing how North Carolina towns and cities can offer broadband, television and telephone services has received tentative approval in the state Senate. Full story...
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Senate votes to establish stock car racing as official state sport

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The North Carolina Senate has put the pedal to the metal, voting to establish stock car racing as the official state sport. Full story...
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NC Senate wants new look at charter school revamp

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Disagreement among Republicans about how far to go to get bipartisan support means North Carolina lawmakers are taking a new look at legislation that would expand charter schools. Full story...
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Senate agrees to posthumous pardon for NC governor

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The North Carolina Senate has agreed it wants to clear a former governor 140 years after the chamber removed him from his job when he called out the militia to quell an insurrection by the Ku Klux Klan. Full story...
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NC Senate considers red light camera ban

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video A bill in the North Carolina Senate could put a stop to the use of red light cameras that catch drivers in the act of breaking the law. Full story...
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Senate taps Eshelman, Harrelson for UNC Board of Governors

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Southeastern North Carolina has two new voices on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Full story...
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NC Senate weighs Reconstruction governor's pardon

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A North Carolina governor removed from office during Reconstruction could be absolved of wrongdoing by the same body that convicted him exactly 140 years ago. Full story...
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NC Senate again backs having more coastal jetties

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The North Carolina Senate has again put its support behind allowing coastal regulators to approve putting hardened structures at the edge of coastal inlets to protect development along North Carolina's barrier islands. Full story...
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NC Senate committee approves malpractice changes

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A Republican effort to change medical malpractice lawsuit rules and place a limit on certain monetary damages for patients in North Carolina has cleared a significant hurdle in the General Assembly. Full story...
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Burden about deadly force shifts in NC Senate bill

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North Carolina residents would be presumed to have properly used deadly force when an intruder breaks into their home, car or business under legislation getting preliminary approval in the Senate. Full story...
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State Senate votes to remove cap on public charter schools

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Following years of inaction by the former Democratic majority, the Senate tentatively passed SB 8 today with bipartisan support. In addition to removing the 15-year-old cap, it creates a North Carolina Public Charter Schools Commission to review applications for new schools, grant and revoke charters based on school performance, and provide general oversight for charter schools. Full story...
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Senate panel disagrees with Perdue on estate tax

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A key North Carolina Senate committee has declined to follow a recommendation from Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget proposal that would have generated an extra $80 million next year in estate taxes. Full story...
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Charter school bill returning to NC Senate floor

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A rewrite of North Carolina's charter school law headed for a floor vote in the legislature incorporates a Republican promise during the campaign - ending the current 100-school cap. Full story...
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Senate delays vote on NC charter school changes

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A proposal to give North Carolina charter schools new freedom from the state's public school system is being delayed. Full story...
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