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NC panel OKs optional motorcycle helmet for adults

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videoThere's enough support in a North Carolina House committee to limit the state's motorcycle helmet requirement to just those people under age 21. Full story...
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NC Senate panel backs Goolsby's execution rule changes

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video An effort by Senate Republicans that they say will kick-start the resumption of executions in North Carolina and get rid of the Racial Justice Act has been approved by a legislative committee. Full story...
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NC House wants kids to focus on handwriting

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Some North Carolina lawmakers want to require that school children learn how to write and multiply even in today's modern world. Full story...
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Tata: NC DOT backs deleting 3 toll-road mandates, including Skyway

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Gov. Pat McCrory's administration supports a bill to eliminate a mandate on North Carolina transportation officials to build toll-road projects in Gaston County, the northern Outer Banks and near Wilmington. Full story...
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GOP leaders speak on Berger censure

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videoHe was once a rising star in the New Hanover County Republican Party, but now party leaders say Brian Berger has become a black eye of sorts and are taking steps to distance themselves from the embattled county commissioner. Full story...
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Barfield has 'God's favor,' needs $500,000 to $1 million for campaign

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"I'm working with consultants in D.C. and they said I will need to raise $500,000 to $1 million. I think that's very realistic," Barfield said. "...The timing is right now and more important for me, I'm working in God's favor. I've had every indication that this campaign is in God's plan and I won't need as much money as others." Full story...
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Gun control supporters rally outside NRA fundraiser

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videoThe National Rifle Association held a fundraiser this weekend near the Wilmington Convention Center, and some folks had a few things to say about it with signs that protested the event. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Commission chair asks Berger to resign; Berger says no

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video At a news conference this afternoon, the chair of the New Hanover County Commission echoed an earlier e-mail and called for Commissioner Brian Berger to resign. White says it came after a series of strange behavior by Berger, including an encounter with the governor yesterday. Full story...
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McCrory's budget plan draws mixed reviews during Wilmington visit

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videoGov. Pat McCrory today made his first trip to the Port City since taking office in January. His visit comes one day after he announced his budget plan for the next two years, which CFCC says will take a bite out of a signature program. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory discusses jobs in our area, budget plan

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videoGov. Pat McCrory made his first visit to Wilmington since taking office. He discussed job development in the region and the budget plan he announced yesterday, including how it would impact the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. Full story...
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