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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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Gov. Perdue: 'We look like Mississippi'

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North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue had strong words Friday when asked about Tuesday's vote on Amendment One. "We look like Mississippi," the governor told reporters in Greenville. Full story...
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New Hanover commissioners, legislators meet ahead of Short Session

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New Hanover County Commissioners met with state legislators this morning to discuss changes they want to make to the county. The informal meeting is not a time to make official decisions, but it is a chance to talk about funding and other areas in which the county needs state support. Full story...
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Republican lawmakers say Perdue budget, tax hike 'ain't gonna fly'

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video Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase. Full story...
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Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial

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Prosecutors have rested their case against John Edwards after calling to the witness stand many of his closest friends and advisers. Full story...
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Casteen to petition for spot on ballot for new House District 20

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A Wilmington attorney and CPA wants to run for the new NC House District 20 seat, but he'll have to take an unusual path to get there. Full story...
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Sign at church used as polling place questioned

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A Democratic Party official will try to get a Wilmington polling place moved because the church used for this week's balloting had a sign relating to the constitutional amendment on gay marriage, the StarNews reports. Full story...
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Pantano endorses Rouzer

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In a gracious concession statement, Ilario Pantano has endorsed his political rival David Rouzer as the Republican challenges eight-time incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre for his seat in Congress. Full story...
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Rouzer, McIntyre ready to battle for redrawn District 7

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video For the first time in a long time, Rep. Mike McIntyre will face a different kind of opponent in November: one who's held political office. Two-time state Sen. David Rouzer swept past Ilario Pantano in the Republican primary last night to secure a place on the ballot. Full story...
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Thompson to focus on family, business after primary loss

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video It's Your Voice, Your Vote, and the people spoken. A surprise to many, New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson will not be on the board next year. After failing to win a nomination in the Republican race, Thompson says he should have worked harder to get votes. Full story...
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