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Goolsby won't seek reelection to NC Senate

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video Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) will not seek a third term in the North Carolina Senate. Goolsby says he wants to spend more time with his two young daughters and on his Wilmington law practice. Full story...
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Walters won't run for third full term in NC Senate

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videoColumbus County will have a new voice in the North Carolina Senate next year. Sen. Michael Walters (D-13th District) has decided he will not run for reelection. Full story...
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NC budget director cites teacher pay in planning

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videoThe administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is forming a budget proposal for the next fiscal year that could boost the salaries of teachers and state employees. Full story...
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NC warned to fix food stamp applications problems

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Federal regulators have warned North Carolina's health agency to address problems within its computer system to process food stamp applications or face monetary consequences. Full story...
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Board tables special use permit amendment

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video After nearly three hours of heated debate the New Hanover County Planning Board tabled a proposed amendment to their Special Use Permitting process so that the public had more time to understand the changes. Full story...
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GOP-led panel: No queries on Medicaid card misfire

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State legislators with responsibility for overseeing state government computer systems are showing little interest in investigating last week's massive privacy breach at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story...
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Obama to visit North Carolina for event on economy

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President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit North Carolina for what's being described as "an event on the economy." Full story...
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Battle over unemployment benefits latest example of political polarization

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videoA battle over unemployment benefits has become another partisan battle in the Tar Heel State, and in Washington, renewing unemployment benefits is stuck in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Saffo says he has no plans to run for Congress

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videoWilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says he does not have plans to run for the Congressional seat open after Rep. Mike McIntyre announced he will retire at the end of his ninth term. Full story...
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Barfield, White, Rouzer weigh in on Congressional race

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video Jonathan Barfield, Woody White and David Rouzer are three politicians with three different sets of ideas, but they all say they are happy Mike McIntyre has decided to retire at the end of his term. Full story...
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McIntyre retiring from Congress at end of term

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videoRep. Mike McIntyre is retiring after nearly two decades in the US House of Representatives. He said he made the decision after talking with his family during the holidays. Full story...
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CFPUA cuts budget as water use declines

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videoThe Cape Fear Public Utility Authority today amended its operating budget to cut $1.2 million. The move comes after the authority reported a significant decline in water consumption, which also means lower revenues. Full story...
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Embattled DHHS spokesman Diaz resigning for DC job

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The communications director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is resigning, five days after he provided reporters false information about a serious privacy breach involving Medicaid cards for 49,000 children that were mailed to the wrong addresses. Full story...
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Council votes to overhaul funding for civic development partners

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video Wilmington City Council members say that economic development is key for the future of the city and now they want to make sure they’re doing all they can to get the most bang for the taxpayers buck. Full story...
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Final tobacco quota payment will not be reduced

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It appears former or current US tobacco growers will get their full, final annual payment from the quota buyout approved by Congress almost a decade ago. Full story...
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