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As election day approaches, both sides debate marriage amendment

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video The most heated race this primary season may not be among any candidates at all, but between two ideals, on the subject of same sex marriage. Full story...
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Candidate Interview: Tim Thomas

Republican Tim Thomas is running for North Carolina State House District 16. Self-employed for years, Thomas also has a military background. He served in the Navy. Thomas runs with the slogan, "Putting North Carolina back to work." He says job creation is his top priority after learning about Caterpillar and Continental Tire moving their manufacturing facilities to other states. Thomas has never held political office before, but says his volunteerism in Pender County makes him an excellent candidate.

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Candidate Interview: Jeff Howell

Republican Jeff Howell isn't shy about having little experience in the political arena; however, he says his military career coupled with owning a business is experience enough to work for the people. Throughout the years he's lived in Pender County, Howell has met residents, listened to their concerns and volunteered his time at schools and with community programs.

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Candidate Interview: Chris Millis

Chris Millis is a conservative candidate for North Carolina House District 16. Calling himself a "warrior of the conservative cause," Millis is calling for education reform and a lower tax burden for citizens. Millis grew up in Pender County, graduated from North Carolina State University, then returned to Hampstead to begin a career as a Civil Engineer. He says his professional background and personal life make him an ideal candidate to work for the people. Chris and his wife, Tonya, have a son Luke, and are eager for the arrival of a baby girl this summer.

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Pat McCrory raises $1.7M for gubernatorial campaign

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The campaign for presumptive Republican nominee for North Carolina governor Pat McCrory is picking up the pace with fundraising. Full story...
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Former Edwards aide testifies in day two of trial

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video It was the second day of court for the former North Carolina senator and the prosecution's star witness took the stand. Edwards' former aide Andrew Young testified that he and his wife were "scared to death" as they accepted checks as large as $150,000 to help cover up Edwards’ affair. Full story...
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Judge: Witness in Edwards case called witnesses

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A judge says a key prosecution witness in the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards contacted other witnesses in the case to ask about their planned testimony, a possible violation of federal law. Full story...
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NC Senate wants merit pay, end teacher tenure

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Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are rolling out a package of public school initiatives they say would create performance bonuses for teachers but end their employment tenure so that districts could more easily dismiss ineffective ones. Full story...
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GOP hopeful Gingrich back in NC visiting 10 cities

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Newt Gingrich is spending time in North Carolina this week trying to rebuild momentum for his Republican presidential campaign. Full story...
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Some NC lawmakers recommend repealing new tolls

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A General Assembly committee has recommended legislation to repeal proposed new and higher tolls on North Carolina ferry routes that have been at the center of a dispute between Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Republican legislative leaders. Full story...
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Romney says NC Gingrich supporter now backing him

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Mitt Romney says the honorary chairman of Newt Gingrich's North Carolina's campaign is now supporting the former Massachusetts governor for the Republican presidential nomination. Full story...
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Perdue's plane makes emergency landing

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A state plane with Gov. Bev Perdue on board made an emergency landing Friday afternoon at Raleigh Durham International Airport, according to WTVD-TV in Raleigh. No one was hurt in the incident. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pro Amendment One billboards vandalized

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video Early voting started today, including voting for the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pender Health Dept. issues lead to war of words

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video The Health Department issues in Pender County continue to heat up after a "he said she said" battle on Facebook. Topsail Online printed an article today claiming County Commissioner Chester Ward said he was misrepresented on a story we ran yesterday. But that's not what he told us. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: Early voting underway in NC

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Early voting is underway in North Carolina. Now through May 5 you can vote early at different One-Stop Voting locations around the area. Full story...
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