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NC early-ed panel pulls back on recommendations

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A North Carolina legislative committee has scaled back recommendations for changing the state's prekindergarten program, but not before the debate shifted to the scope of poverty in the state. Full story...
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Judge sets April trial date in John Edwards case

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The federal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards is now scheduled to begin in April. Full story...
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Close friend of Perdue pleads not guilty

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A close friend of Gov. Beverly Perdue has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges related to unreported flights on private planes he provided. Full story...
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House immigration panel hears from employers

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North Carolina lawmakers considering the state's response to illegal immigration are hearing from representatives of businesses that have often hired cheap labor. Full story...
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Thompson changes course, will run for re-election

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Jason Thompson is not done running for office after all. The first-term New Hanover County Commissioner changed his mind this morning and announced he will run for re-election despite saying earlier that he would not run. Full story...
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NC House forming task force aimed at unemployment fraud

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The North Carolina House is forming a task force to see what it can do to discourage people from attempting to bilk the state unemployment insurance system of benefits. Full story...
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Perdue says she'll order delay on NC "ferry tax"

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she has the power to stop unpopular increases on ferry tolls at the coast with an executive order. Full story...
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90-year-old former university doctor running for governor

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A 90-year-old Harnett County man says he's running North Carolina governor on a platform of creating a state foundation that would allow North Carolina government to reduce or possibly eliminate taxes over time. Full story...
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First lady Michelle Obama coming to NC for visit

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First lady Michelle Obama is planning to visit Raleigh and Charlotte to meet with military families, school children and to make remarks in advance of this summer's Democratic National Convention in the Queen City. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: McComas asked Davis if he would run

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State Rep. Danny McComas will not run for another term in the North Carolina House. New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis, though, will. Davis filed for the 19th District seat this morning. Full story...
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Etheridge to file for governor on last day

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Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge will officially become a candidate for North Carolina governor with a few hours to spare before the filing period ends. Full story...
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Hill, Justice say increased pensions no factor in leaving legislature

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video A few of the Cape Fear's most prominent legislators are not seeking re-election, but they will get bigger pensions than if they'd left office earlier. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: Dalton says NC needs to be more competitive to draw business

Candidates have until Wednesday to file to run for office in North Carolina. So far the Democratic field for governor is a crowded one. The candidate with perhaps the best name recognition is Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who hopes to make the move up from the state's second highest office.

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Etheridge hasn't yet filed for governor

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As the number of official candidates for North Carolina governor continues to climb, one high-profile competitor has been relatively quiet as the deadline approaches. Full story...
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Commerce chief Crisco considering lieutenant governor run

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North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is not ready to say yet whether he'll run for lieutenant governor. Full story...
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