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Redistricting wars begin; public hearings held throughout state

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video Well, it’s that time again. The war over redistricting has begun. Every ten years, new lines are drawn for the Tar Heel state's Senate and House districts. The Senate and House redistricting committees are holding public hearings across 36 different sites throughout the state. Folks were given a chance to voice their opinions to the committee about how they prefer to see those lines drawn. Full story...
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House budget has state set school layoff policy

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The state budget approved by the North Carolina House includes language that says policy governing impending school layoffs will be set in Raleigh and not by local school boards. Full story...
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PERDUE OP-ED: House budget a rotten apple for educators

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In an editorial, Gov. Bev Perdue has some sharp criticism for legislative leaders and the House budget proposal. Full story...
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Cape Fear region gets chance tonight to weigh in on state redistricting

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The state legislature has to redistrict North Carolina using data from the 2010 Census, and it wants your input. Lawmakers are holding hearings across the state. They want feedback from the public on redistricting the state House, state Senate and Congressional districts. Full story...
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NC lawmakers consider abortion info requirements

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North Carolina lawmakers are taking up legislation that would require a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus before a legal abortion. Full story...
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Perdue says Democrats will side with her on budget

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's confident she'll have enough Democrats on her side when a final North Carolina state budget gets to her desk. Full story...
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Schools seek grace on year-end due to weather

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North Carolina lawmakers and the state school board are grappling with what's becoming a regular problem of squeezing a school year shortened by bad weather into a calendar that requires a 10-week summer vacation. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council approves North 3rd Street enhancement project

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video If you think North Third Street has been long overdue for a makeover, you're in luck. Wilmington City Council approved a resolution to improve the downtown road. Full story...
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House agrees on Republican penned budget

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The House has tentatively agreed to a $19 billion plus budget bill for next year, penned by Republicans, that would let expire a pair of temporary tax increases and received some Democratic support. Full story...
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City, county working on working together

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video Like a marriage, for better or worse, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are joined for life. Today, leaders from both sides met to discuss their ideas and opinions. Full story...
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Taxes, layoffs are issues in NC House budget

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The House has started its debate on a proposed North Carolina state budget pushed by Republicans who call it a right-sized plan that makes sure government lives within its means. Full story...
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Congressman, Senators react to bin Laden's death

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Southeastern North Carolina's representatives in Congress have issued statements about the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Full story...
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NC judge orders documents released in Edwards case

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A North Carolina judge has ordered the release of some documents in a lawsuit filed by the mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Full story...
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Appeals court overturns stem cell research ban

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A divided federal appeals court has ruled that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it. Full story...
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Legislature makes new deal on state worker insurance

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The General Assembly has reached a new agreement on how to close a half billion-dollar funding gap for North Carolina's state employee health insurance plan for the next two years. But it's not yet clear whether Gov. Bev Perdue will go along two weeks after she vetoed an earlier package. Full story...
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