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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. School Board member files for county commission

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A New Hanover County School Board member has officially thrown his hat in the race for county commission. Full story...
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Election year kicks in with NC candidate filing

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North Carolina's election season has started in earnest as candidates are filing paperwork for positions from governor to county commissioner. Full story...
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Analysis: Obama sets up clash with GOP in budget

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President Barack Obama's new federal budget showcases the major priorities of his presidency and sets up the top battles that will be waged on both sides in the presidential campaign. Full story...
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Soles upgraded to good condition

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Former state Sen. R.C. Soles is listed in good condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Soles underwent heart bypass surgery Friday, according to his Tabor City law firm. Full story...
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NC governor candidate Faison suffers messy divorce

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One of the first Democrats to announce his bid for North Carolina governor is involved in a protracted and messy divorce filled with nasty accusations. Full story...
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UPDATE: R.C. Soles upgraded to serious condition after heart surgery

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Former Sen. R.C. Soles is recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery this morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials confirm Soles was upgraded from critical to serious condition tonight. Full story...
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Tables turn for Barfield after McIntyre's announcement

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video Governor Bev Perdue’s announcement last month was a shock to many, sparking an entirely new political ball game in North Carolina. Now that Congressman Mike McIntyre has decided not to run for the governor's office, his seat is no longer up for grabs, which leaves New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield to change his plans. Full story...
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McIntyre will run again for Congress, not governor

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Rep. Mike McIntyre wants to return to Washington instead of taking a new office in Raleigh. Full story...
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2008 Edwards campaign defends 2011 spending

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A lawyer for John Edwards is defending his campaign's 2011 spending, saying the expenses were related to last year's criminal probe of the former presidential candidate and a federal audit. Full story...
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Obama: Birth control policy meets everyone's needs

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videoPresident Barack Obama declared Friday he's found a solution that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free birth control, as he rushed to defuse an election-year political uproar that threatened to overtake his administration. Full story...
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Sen. Stevens of Cary won't seek re-election

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One of the chief-budget writers in the North Carolina Senate will not seek re-election, saying it's time to move to another chapter in his life. Full story...
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NC House panel meets to review death penalty, race

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The first meeting by a General Assembly committee examining death penalty cases and racial bias in North Carolina again shows sharp differences about whether changes to the Racial Justice Act are needed. Full story...
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NC House panel meets to review death penalty, race

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A House committee examining whether North Carolina laws should change based on evidence of racial bias in death penalty cases is holding its first meeting. Full story...
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McCrory getting campaign fundraising help from SC Governor

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North Carolina governor candidate Pat McCrory is getting more help raising money from a sitting Republican governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue sheds some light on plan to draw big employer to Cape Fear

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video Gov. Bev Perdue says she met with a big employer last week about setting up shop in our region, but details are still very hush-hush. Full story...
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