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New Hanover Co. school bonds in, permitting changes out

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videoHundreds of people showed up at tonight's New Hanover County Commission meeting. On the agenda, everything from school bonds to special use permits. Full story...
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New Wilmington police car design faces scrutiny

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videoSome Wilmington council members aren't pleased with a proposal to change the design of the city's police cars. Full story...
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Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead in corruption case

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday on a public corruption charge related to his March arrest. Full story...
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Hagan, Tillis start to discuss NC Senate debates

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Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis say they want multiple debates in their North Carolina race. Exactly how many they'll appear in is uncertain this early in the campaign. Full story...
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Goolsby pushing Wilmington request to crack down on illegal guns

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videoState lawmakers are trying to crack down on criminals who carry illegally concealed weapons. One state senator says the changes are thanks in part to suggestions from our area. The idea is to make criminals think twice before carrying concealed weapons illegally. Full story...
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NC Senate Republicans defend budget choices

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North Carolina Senate Republicans are defending cuts proposed in their state government budget proposal to pay for teacher raises and for changes to Medicaid that reject Gov. Pat McCrory's reform plan. Full story...
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Airport Authority to discuss getting rid of member

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videoThe New Hanover County Airport Authority has called a special meeting tomorrow evening. Chairman Thomas Barber says the meeting is to decide whether to recommend removal of board member Al Roseman. Full story...
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NC lawmakers give final OK to tax changes

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The North Carolina legislature has quickly moved a wide-ranging tax bill to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, one that sets a levy on electronic cigarettes and a hard expiration date for some municipal privilege taxes. Full story...
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Opponents rally against NC fracking bill

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Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea. Full story...
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NC Senate initially approves omnibus tax bill

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The North Carolina Senate's version of an omnibus tax bill has remained intact after Democratic amendments were defeated, including one that would have lifted the scheduled repeal of certain municipal business taxes next summer. Full story...
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NC Senate offers big teacher raise for tenure loss

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North Carolina senators are offering veteran teachers a choice between a double-digit pay raise or keeping the job protections a court says lawmakers can't strip away. State senators on Wednesday announced their proposed budget will include pay raises of more than 10 percent for teachers who have earned career status after four years. Full story...
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14 arrested after sit-in at legislative building

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After nearly 11 hours of sitting, waiting for a lawmaker who never arrived, 14 legislative protesters were arrested at North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis' office early Wednesday morning. Full story...
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FBI agent joining NC elections investigations team

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North Carolina's elections board is hiring a longtime FBI agent involved in recent corruption and campaign finance investigations. The State Board of Elections announced Tuesday that Chuck Stuber will join its investigation team next month. Full story...
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Former State Representative Thomas Wright released from prison

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videoFormer State Representative Thomas Wright is out of prison after more than six years behind bars, following fraud and obstruction of justice convictions. Full story...
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Commerce secretary says film plan gives counties option, some local leaders not so sure

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videoGov. Pat McCrory proposed a new plan for film incentives in his budget plan. Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) says the plan introduced in a budget bill Thursday definitely raises concerns. Meanwhile New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says the plan creates a local burden. Full story...
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