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VOTE 2012: Pantano hoping 2010 experience propels him to 2012 success

In 2010, Ilario Pantano easily won the Republican nomination for North Carolina's 7th District seat in Congress before losing to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in the general election. Pantano has been working ever since to try again. He says a lot has changed since his first run for Congress.

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Changes to NC pollution control program considered

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A state environmental program designed to protect residents from exposure to dangerous chemicals could get scaled back if some business interests and Republican legislators have their way. Full story...
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Another GOP candidate files for NC governor's race

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory's first primary opponent hasn't been in elected office before and believes local government property taxes should be replaced with some other revenue source. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: David Rouzer hopes state Senate experience leads to Congress

David Rouzer is in the middle of his second term in the state Senate. Now the Republican from Johnston County wants to serve in Washington. Rouzer filed to run for US House yesterday in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District, which has a much different look this election year.

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Dalton says NC needs to boost business incentives

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Today was the first full day of Walter Dalton's campaign for governor. He spent part of it here in the Cape Fear. The current lieutenant governor visited Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington a day after filing to run. Full story...
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Perdue to move $9M to fund 2,000 more in NC Pre-K

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's shifting money to enroll another 2,000 at-risk 4-year-olds in a state program that helps them catch up to their peers before entering kindergarten. Full story...
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Ballpark discussion continues despite likely tax hike, budget issues

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video A drop in property values will most likely mean the City of Wilmington will have to raise property taxes to pay for its next budget. That issue has some residents asking whether the city should even be talking about building a baseball stadium. Full story...
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Lt. Gov. Dalton kicks off governor's bid

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Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says he's a leader in education innovation who would work to reverse what he calls lasting damage to North Carolina by Republican political forces if he's elected governor. Full story...
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Pantano accuses McIntyre, staff of emailing personal attacks

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"I call on Congressman Mike McIntyre to stop any political messaging that even mentions my wife or my mother. I have shown the McIntyre family that level of respect and I deserve the same." Full story...
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NC Congressmen unite to call for end to war

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The war in Afghanistan has made for strange political bedfellows in North Carolina's congressional delegation, with a conservative Republican joining two liberal Democrats in calling for the withdrawal of US troops. Full story...
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Warren responds to removal from DSS Board

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A day after fellow Brunswick County Commissioners removed him from the county's Social Services Board, Charles Warren is speaking out. The commissioner sent a "letter to the editor" to several media outlets this morning. Full story...
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Warren removed from DSS board; replacement appointed

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video The Brunswick County Commissioner voted four to one Monday to remove Charles Warren from the Department of Social Services board after viewing footage from inside the December DSS meeting. Full story...
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Vice President Biden to visit N.C. for campaign stump

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Vice President Joe Biden is visiting North Carolina this week to join his wife in stumping for the Obama Administration's push for community colleges. Full story...
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City leaders question wording in baseball stadium petition

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video Some Wilmington city leaders are crying foul over a petition to stop a publicly funded baseball stadium. They believe the wording is too broad and could jeopardize other events. Full story...
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Marriage proposal's broader effects debated in NC

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The debate over a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina has expanded to include more than simply whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to legally marry. Full story...
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