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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Berger launches e-mail battle with fellow commissioners after being thrown off boards

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video A day after fellow commissioners removed him from most public boards on which he was a member, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger launched an e-mail fight with fellow commissioners. Full story...
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Pace of resolving NC map lawsuits heard in court

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Lawyers for both sides on a pair of North Carolina election district lawsuits differ on the disruption and uncertainty to the public if the cases are fast-tracked to trial. Full story...
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Judge: Former FEC heads may testify for Edwards

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A federal judge will not rule out two former Federal Election Commission members from testifying for former Democratic presidential contender John Edwards, who's defending himself against campaign finance violations while hiding his mistress. Full story...
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THE RANT: Bravo to New Hanover Co. Commission for stepping up and taking a stand; Berger needs to take it like a man

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video While various boards, councils and commissions around the Cape Fear are languishing in dysfunction, under investigation or have lost public trust, the members of the New Hanover County Commission did something rare these day: They took a stand and did what was right for the greater good. Full story...
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Pace of resolving NC map lawsuits heard in court

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The pace and method for refereeing lawsuits challenging North Carolina's redrawn legislative and congressional seats are the focus of the first court hearing on the Republican-written redistricting plans. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Berger 'wasn't expecting to be ambushed' as commission pulls him from community boards

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video New Hanover County Commissioners have removed Commissioner Brian Berger from most of the community boards he sits on. The Commission made the decision at its Agenda Briefing this afternoon. It's still pending an official vote at Monday's County Commission meeting. Full story...
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Navassa Mayor calls newspaper article "a lie"

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The city of Navassa has faced criticism in recent months for its handling of the city's finances, but now a new issue has come to light. Our partners at the Local News Review published an article Thursday saying Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis signed a contract with Shalimar Construction, in which the city would pay for 14 private sewer taps on private property. Full story...
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Brunswick commissioners looking at options after DSS blow-up

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video A day after a board member and reporter were kicked out of a Brunswick County Social Services Board Meeting, county leaders are looking into what happened. One county commissioner went as far as to call it an embarrassment. Full story...
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NC study: More data needed to examine motor fleet

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North Carolina's government watchdog agency says it's impossible to evaluate whether state government's motor vehicle fleet is used efficiently because there's no standard way to keep track of its use. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue vetoes death-row racial bias bill

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases. Full story...
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Warren kicks Social Services Board member out of meeting twice

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video The Brunswick County Social Services Board meeting today got out of hand with two people getting kicked out and even threatened to be arrested. Board member Pat Sykes says she was just speaking up for what she believes was right when she was told to leave. Full story...
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Political tensions continue to run high in Boiling Spring Lakes

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video Boiling Spring Lakes city leaders met behind closed doors today to discuss what they say were personnel matters. Concerned and angered residents showed up to see what might really happen. Many believe Mayor Richard White and some other city leaders do not have the citizens' best interest at heart. Full story...
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Perdue fundraiser to admit campaign finance violation

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A former top fundraiser for Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to appear in court Wednesday to plead guilty to a charge related to campaign finance violations. Full story...
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NC murder victims' relatives want Perdue veto

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Several relatives of people who were murdered hope to persuade North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a bill that would essentially repeal a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases. Full story...
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Efird receives prestigious honor as SBI investigation continues

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video This morning Carolina Beach Town Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-Tem Pat Efird received a very special honor. In fact, it's the highest honor the governor can bestow on a citizen. But the Order of the Long Leaf Pine comes as Efird is also under state investigation. Full story...
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