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Downtown businesses pitch in to help fund fireworks

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videoAfter Wilmington lost its biggest sponsor of the firework show in February, it considered spending an additional $15,000 to fund the display on top of the $10,000 the budget allows for. Full story...
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NC official: MetLife breaks could shut out others

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North Carolina business recruiters say a whopping package of about $100 million in state and local incentives to get MetLife Inc. to move 2,600 jobs to North Carolina could stall benefits for other companies or force lawmakers to loosen the rules. Full story...
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NC funds for private student grants debate revs up

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The debate on providing North Carolina taxpayer dollars to help parents pay for private school is heating up again, although one fight was seemingly settled two years ago. Full story...
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City considers extra $25k to cover July 4 fireworks

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video Wilmington's annual July 4 firework show lost its biggest sponsor earlier this year. The city says the show will go on, but who will pay for it? Full story...
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At 100 days, McCrory enters new policy phase

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory seems to have found his footing within state government after more than three months in office. The question is whether voters and Republican colleagues at the General Assembly will continue to like where he stands. Full story...
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Charlotte gets latitude on taxes for NFL stadium

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Legislators have given final approval to let the city of Charlotte use current area hotel and prepared food and beverage taxes to assist with upgrades the Carolina Panthers want for Bank of America Stadium. Full story...
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NC House Republicans file major immigration bill

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North Carolina House Republicans have filed legislation granting driving privileges to undocumented immigrants while adding new enforcement measures, including a provision allowing law enforcement officers to check immigration status during stops or arrests if they reasonably suspect a person is living in the country illegally. Full story...
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Bill would require license for mopeds in NC

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video Mopeds are a popular and efficient way for many drivers to get from point A to point B. But a proposed bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives could reduce the number of moped drivers on the streets. Full story...
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Bill stops NC cities, counties from pop limits

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Some legislators say just because New York wants to ban supersized sodas and other sugary drinks doesn't mean North Carolina cities and counties can try it, too. Full story...
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Brunswick teacher rallies against school performance bills

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videoThe Brunswick County Board of Education got a lesson on new bills in Raleigh that would grade schools based on performance grades. Teachers feel they would be penalized and could lose pay under the system. Full story...
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