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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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New NC law could delay primary runoff by three weeks

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If a leading candidate fails to get more than 40 percent of the vote in a North Carolina primary election race this May, when is the runoff? Full story...
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Wilmington men organize citizen ordinance, petition to stop tax funded ballpark

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video The proposed ballpark has gotten its fair share of attention lately. Two Wilmington men are trying to stop it from going any further and taking the issue into the hands of the people. They have started a petition to hopefully change how the city can pay for the ballpark. Full story...
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Edwards campaign owes taxpayers but still spending

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Federal elections officials say John Edwards owes taxpayers $2.1 million in public matching funds improperly received after the former North Carolina senator dropped his 2008 run for the White House, yet disclosure reports show his failed campaign is still spending. Full story...
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NC offshore energy panel: Drilling prospects iffy

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A science panel advising Gov. Bev Perdue on offshore energy development says oil and gas drilling is unlikely in waters within North Carolina's authority, but the coast has some of the best East Coast locations for wind power. Full story...
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Santorum jumps into second place in delegate race

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Winning yesterday's Republican presidential caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota has propelled Rick Santorum into second place in the race for delegates. Full story...
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NC Republicans: No recorded votes at next session

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Republican leaders in the North Carolina House and Senate say there are no plans to vote on legislation during a scheduled meeting of the General Assembly next week. Full story...
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The Rant: Take me out to the ballgame?

Take me out to the ballgame? That's the question for Wilmington City Council as it discusses building a baseball stadium. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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Candidate names filed ahead of NC presidential primary, majority in Libertarian party

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More than half of the candidates expected on North Carolina's presidential primary ballots in May come from the Libertarian Party. Full story...
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Sue Myrick won't seek re-election to Congress

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US Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte says she won't run again for re-election to North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. Full story...
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