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Perdue talking up outcome on rules review

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Gov. Bev Perdue's administration says hundreds of state government administrative rules have been repealed and fewer have been issued in the year since she began an effort to clean up regulations deemed unnecessary or lacking common sense. Full story...
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Pre-K program spending unlikely to change soon

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A top North Carolina legislative budget-writer says there are no immediate plans to address preschool spending for at-risk 4-year-olds because litigation on the state's program is running through the courts. Full story...
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Recount for Bolton mayor race Monday

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It may be more than a week since Election Day, but the election process is not over yet. In Columbus County, there's still some double-checking to be done for mayor in Bolton. Full story...
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NC lawmakers trade accusations again over layoffs

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State government data on how many laid-off public workers in North Carolina are getting severance are raising questions about how many people no longer have jobs under the budget pushed through by Republicans lawmakers. Full story...
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NC prosecutors want Racial Justice Act struck down

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North Carolina's prosecutors are almost unanimous in calling on legislators to repeal a law that allows defendants on death row to appeal their sentences by showing evidence of racial bias. Full story...
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Judge sets start of John Edwards trial for Jan. 30

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A federal judge has set the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards to begin Jan. 30, a week earlier than the date prosecutors and defense lawyers had sought. Full story...
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City approves bonuses and party for employees

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video The issue of bonuses for city employees was expected to be a hot button topic at tonight’s city council meeting, but with no public opposition, council passed the motion unanimously. Full story...
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Governor discusses college plan during visit to Laney

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The governor recently launched the "Career and College Promise." It lets high school students get a head start on a college education. Students can earn tuition-free course credits at community colleges, which can go toward a four-year degree. Full story...
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Governor says Burgaw small business model for job creation

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video With the economy continuing to falter and jobs still hard to come by, some folks are getting creative on how to make a buck. One company in our area is taking a load off those who don't know how to cook, and has even gotten the governor's attention. Full story...
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Wilmington council considers $1.2M for bonuses, employee party

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video If council approves the $1.2 million, the majority of city employees will get $1,000 come December. The city also plans to use up to $7,000 of the money for an employee appreciation party. Full story...
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NC leaders concerned about slow progress in expanding gambling at Indian casino

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North Carolina's top legislative leaders say they're concerned about what they call the slow pace of negotiations to let the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians expand gambling at its casino, but are ready to consider needed changes to state law when there's a deal. Full story...
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Occupy Wilmington holds ground in front of City Hall

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video Protesters have been occupying the space in front of Wilmington City Hall for a couple of days now. Unlike other occupy movements around the country that have gotten violent and even deadly, members of Occupy Wilmington say they are a friendly bunch who just want their voices heard. Full story...
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Supreme Court will hear health care case this term

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The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement. Full story...
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Summit will look at western NC economy

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About 300 entrepreneurs, investors, economic developers, elected officials and others are expected to attend a summit about the best way for government leaders to work with businesses to improve the western North Carolina economy. Full story...
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The Rant: Fun with write-in votes

Earlier this week we told you how voters in tar heel had to write-in candidates, because no one was on the ballot for mayor or town council, but they were not the only voters who exercised their right to write in a name, though some did not exactly vote for qualified candidates.