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McCrory unveils $21B NC budget for next year

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Gov. Pat McCrory and his top budget writer are focusing on what's not in his North Carolina government spending proposal for the coming year as compared to what's in it. Full story...
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NC legislature starts this year's session

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North Carolina lawmakers are back at work as this year's legislative session has opened in Raleigh. People unhappy with the General Assembly's right-leaning direction have returned, too. Full story...
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Health mandate coverage clouds NC session opening

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North Carolina lawmakers returning to Raleigh have reached an early impasse on disputed legislation surrounding autism insurance coverage as the first gavel on this year's session fell. Full story...
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Top NC Senate GOP leaders introduce coal ash bill

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Two top Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have introduced a bill to curb the threat of pollution from coal ash dumps, three months after a massive spill at a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. Full story...
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Hagan seeks to help historically black colleges

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US Sen. Kay Hagan is introducing a bill to strengthen the nation's historically black colleges and universities. The measure would create a program of competitive grants that would help fund innovative programs addressing the specific needs of students at black colleges. Full story...
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Oak Island town council makes decision on 'mega' homes

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videoOak Island town council members made a decision on how big, and how many bedrooms "mega” homes can have. Town council members decided to cap single-family homes at 5,000 square feet and seven bedrooms with one parking space required per bedroom. Full story...
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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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