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From UNC School of Gov't: 'I Second that Amotion'

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With apologies to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and with assurances that I haven’t left out the space in “a motion,” this post addresses a question about whether a North Carolina local governing board has authority to oust one of its members. Full story...
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Effort to block beach smoking ban stalls

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A bill that would have snuffed out local municipalities' rights to limit outdoor smoking hit a significant snag Thursday and is not likely to advance this session. Full story...
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More than 100 people meet to plan the future of Wilmington

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videoCity leaders are looking ahead to the future and the long-term growth of Wilmington. Full story...
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Senate bill could snuff out smoking bans at Wrightsville Beach, CFCC

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video Public smoking bans tend to spark emotions on both sides of the conversation, and that is certainly true at Wrightsville Beach, the first public beach in the state to ban smoking on the sand. Now a bill in the state Senate could send the ordinance up in smoke. Full story...
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AG removed himself from decision to subpoena AP

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videoThe Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder removed himself from a decision to subpoena phone records of The Associated Press. Full story...
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McCrory press aide transfers to another NC agency

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The media relations office for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is again undergoing some changes. McCrory's office says Press Secretary Crystal Feldman has joined the Department of Public Safety, where a spokeswoman said she started working Tuesday as deputy communications director. Full story...
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NC House tries to stop some local government moves

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House Republicans want to prevent North Carolina city and county governments from collecting union dues from workers and requiring local employers to assume responsibilities related to pollution generated by their employees. Full story...
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NC group resisting GOP changes to public schools

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North Carolina groups that want to protect the funding for traditional public schools are trying to raise opposition to legislative proposals to expand private-school vouchers and charter schools. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Shallotte attorney plans primary challenge against Jon David

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Voters in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties will have a couple of candidates to choose from in next year's Republican Primary for district attorney. At last night's Brunswick County Republican Party meeting, defense attorney Ryan Smithwick announced his intention to challenge incumbent Jon David. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach makes surf and swim zone changes

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videoThe Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 in favor of restricting swimmers 200 feet from both the Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and Crystal Pier Thursday night. Full story...
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