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Rep. McIntyre takes $50,000 trip to Australia

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Rep. Mike McIntyre, who will retire after this term, took a trip earlier this year paid for by lobbyists. The tour of Adelaide, Australia, McIntyre took with his wife Denise, topped the list of most expensive privately-paid trips ever. The total cost for their one-week stay was $49,635. Full story...
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NC to consider new e-cigarette tax

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The Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly will consider a new tax on electronic cigarettes. A panel that studies tax matters recommended Tuesday that the proposal be introduced during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Support is coming from an unlikely source in tobacco giant Reynolds American, based in Winston-Salem. Full story...
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Aiken praises primary opponent Crisco after his death

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"American Idol" singer Clay Aiken praised the North Carolina entrepreneur who died as he trailed him in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary for a Congressional seat, saying Keith Crisco never forgot his humble beginnings. Full story...
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Victims of NC eugenics program file claims

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A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state's forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund. Full story...
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NC judge weighs order blocking teacher tenure law

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Public school teachers are asking for quick action from a North Carolina judge to block a law taking effect this summer that eliminates more than 40 years of job protections in favor of employment contracts. Full story...
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Voter rights group says match does not mean fraud

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A North Carolina voter rights advocacy group is warning against using states' voter lists to establish whether fraud is happening. Democracy North Carolina announced the names of four state legislators Monday whose first name, last name and date of birth match active registered voters in other states. Full story...
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Congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies days after primary

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videoKeith Crisco - who was battling former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina's Second Congressional District - died suddenly at his home in Asheboro Monday. Full story...
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Probe launched into election-related phone calls

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The New Hanover County Board of Elections officially announced Monday its investigation into a series of "irregular" election-related recorded telephone calls. Full story...
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Film industry employee writes letter to the governor

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videoOne local employee of the film industry is taking matters of the tax incentive into her own hands. Dale Williams sent a letter to Governor Pat McCrory asking for a meeting to discuss the future of film employees in our state. Full story...
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Commissioner White wants Commissioner Berger's robo-calls investigated

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New Hanover Commissioner Woody White has requested an investigation into robo-calls sent earlier this week ahead of Tuesday's elections apparently by Commissioner Brian Berger. Full story...
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NC Board of Election website error caused election day mess

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videoIt's your voice, your vote, but those votes went a little haywire last night due to a program error in the statewide voting results system. Full story...
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McCrory announces raise for teachers, other initiatives

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videoAt a press conference Wednesday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, Gov. Pat McCrory announced major education initiatives that will include more money for teachers and state employees. Full story...
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Rouzer, Barfield head for fall showdown for 7th District seat in Congress

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videoRepublican David Rouzer gets another chance to win the North Carolina congressional district he lost two years ago by a razor-thin margin Rouzer won Tuesday's Republican primary against Woody White and Chris Andrade in the 7th Congressional District. Full story...
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McMahon looks to November after trouncing former boss

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videoIn New Hanover County, the hottest race had to be the battle for sheriff, but it turned out not to be much of a battle at all on the Democratic side. Incumbent Ed McMahon beat his old boss Sid Causey by winning more than 80 percent of the vote. Full story...
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DA keeps seat in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties

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Jon David will keep his seat as District Attorney in Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties. David won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote over Attorney Ryan Smithwick. Full story...
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