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Charlotte seeks AG ruling on amendment, benefits

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Charlotte city leaders are asking the state attorney general to decide whether it's OK to offer same-sex partner benefits in light of the constitutional amendment that defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. Full story...
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SC GOP volunteers head north to NC help party

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orth Carolina's Republican Party is getting a little help from its friends. South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says he's pledging 1,000 volunteers to work phones, knock on doors and register voters in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC Legislature returns to work, met by protesters

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The North Carolina Legislature is opening its budget-adjusting session by getting right to work on closing this year's Medicaid shortfall and considering changes to annexation and gambling laws. Full story...
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NC bill supports compensation for eugenics victims

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State legislators have filed a bill recommending that people forcibly sterilized decades ago in North Carolina get $50,000 each. Full story...
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NC Chamber wants cuts in unemployment benefits

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North Carolina's main business booster group wants legislators to cut future unemployment benefits and issue taxpayer-backed bonds to close a debt to the federal government. Full story...
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Defense rests without calling Edwards, mistress

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John Edwards' defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand. Full story...
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City Council to consider $86 milllion budget, includes employee pay raise

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During Tuesday night's meeting, Wilmington City Council members heard a presentation for the recommended $86.3 million general fund budget, which is $1 million more than last year's adopted budget. Full story...
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Edwards, mistress could still be called to testify

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Records introduced at John Edwards' corruption trial show his campaign finance chairman paid the candidate's mistress a $9,000 monthly cash allowance. Full story...
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General Assembly session isn't just about budget adjustments

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The North Carolina General Assembly gets back to work Wednesday for its budget-adjustment session that also will likely include sensitive topics like gambling, annexation rules and fracking. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council to consider budget plans tonight

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A ballpark proposal is not the only big thing on Wilmington City Council's agenda tonight. Council will also begin looking at next year's budget. Full story...
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THE RANT: Perdue proving to be lamest duck

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video There are few greater signs of failure in politics then a term-limited incumbent choosing not to run for reelection. Gov. Bev Perdue can say she chose not to run again so she could spend her final year in office fighting for education, but there's little doubt that she chose to pass on a run for a second term to avoid what many expected to be a potentially embarrassing loss in November. But the way things are going, she'll be hard pressed to avoid embarrassment in general. Full story...
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Despite ending campaign spending, Ron Paul supporter says race is far from over

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video Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he will end active campaigning. However, that does not mean that he's suspending his campaign, despite trailing far behind Mitt Romney. Full story...
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Dalton challenges McCrory to debates across NC this summer

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In a press conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today challenged his gubernatorial opponent Pat McCrory to a series of eight town hall debates on jobs and education to be held at community colleges in every region of the state. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Mississippi leaders, residents fire back after Perdue's insult

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Gov. Phil Bryant issued the following statement in response to the derogatory remarks about Mississippi made by North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue... Full story...
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Judge refuses to dismiss John Edwards charges

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A federal judge has refused to toss out campaign corruption charges against John Edwards, meaning he will have to present his case before a jury. Full story...
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