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Gov. Perdue won't block forced annexation changes

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A bill allowing people who live in unincorporated areas to vote to halt forced annexations by towns and cities will become law now that Gov. Bev Perdue has refused to sign it. Full story...
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Interim executive director named for NC Democrats

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The North Carolina Democratic Party has hired someone within its ranks to oversee party operations temporarily following the resignation of its executive director in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Full story...
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Perdue offers sweepstakes machines tax option for education

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Gov. Bev Perdue wants North Carolina legislators to tax video sweepstakes machines as long as they're legal for more education money since lawmakers won't accept her earlier proposal to raise the sales tax. Full story...
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Wilmington council continues budget talks, hires City Attorney

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video Wilmington City Council continues to work on its budget for the next fiscal year. Council held a budget workshop today the morning after a public hearing on the spending plan. Also today, Council named a City Attorney. Full story...
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Biden returns to North Carolina, talks economy

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Vice President Joe Biden is touting President Barack Obama's economic message in the swing state of North Carolina. Biden spoke to about 600 people in the Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Ethics Commission examining fraternization among lobbyists and aides

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The North Carolina State Ethics Commission is examining whether two lobbyists who had relationships with aides of House Speaker Thom Tillis - or the lobbyists' clients - broke state laws. Full story...
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NC Senate panel OKs framework to regulate fracking

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A Senate committee has recommended a framework which the state of North Carolina should follow while legalizing a controversial form of natural gas drilling. Full story...
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McCrory unveils new TV ad linking Dalton, Perdue

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory is trying to reinforce a connection between Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and departing North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in a new television commercial. Full story...
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Judge in Edwards case to reconsider trial motions

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The judge overseeing the John Edwards case will reconsider a pair of defense motions on whether the government tried the case in the right venue and whether prosecutors gathered evidence improperly. Full story...
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NC appeals court considers pre-K for at-risk kids

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North Carolina lawmakers are backtracking months after legislation that cut access to pre-kindergarten education for needy children and hours before that law is examined by an appeals court. Full story...
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UPDATE: Brunswick commissioners approve new deal for old hospital

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Commissioners have approved a lease-purchase agreement for the old Brunswick Community Hospital. Full story...
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Commissioners to negotiate renovation of trash incinerator

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After a work session and public hearing, the board unanimously voted to negotiate the terms with Covanta Energy, a company that was selected by New Hanover County to potentially operate the Sustainable Energy Facilty, what used to be known as WASTEC. Full story...
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Vice President to talk job creation in N.C.

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to return to central North Carolina to talk about efforts by the Obama administration tp create jobs. Full story...
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Trials delayed in Perdue campaign flight probe

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The trials of two people linked to Gov. Bev Perdue's 2008 gubernatorial campaign have been delayed while rulings on motions they filed to have their cases dismissed are appealed. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Organizers respond to criticism of ballpark petition language

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The battle over plans for a ballpark in Wilmington continue to heat up. Yesterday, a group against using tax money to build a stadium in the Port City submitted a petition with about 4,000 signatures. If the Board of Elections verifies enough of the signatures, the City Council would have to accept the language of the petition as an ordinance or put it up for a public vote. Full story...
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