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Perdue order adds to NC pre-kindergarten battle

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Gov. Bev Perdue is stepping into a battle over North Carolina's efforts to prepare all 4-year-olds for school. Full story...
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Judge weighs NC funds cutoff of Planned Parenthood

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A federal judge is weighing whether to invalidate part of the state budget that cuts off North Carolina's two Planned Parenthood affiliates from federal or state family planning money. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sen. Burr answers viewer questions about economy, Washington

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videoAfter the lengthy debt ceiling debate, continued unemployment and now the downgrading of America's credit rating, many of you have a lot of questions, as well as growing frustrations, about what's going on in Washington. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) stopped by our studio to answer questions about what's going on with the economy and the political system that has a big factor on it. Full story...
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Southport business takes stand against bench law

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video With the weather as hot as it has been, a seat in the shade is a good spot to be this summer. But if Southport leaders get their way, benches protected from the sun on one of the city's busiest corners could soon be gone. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Kure Beach commissioner resigns after pot charge

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A Kure Beach commissioner arrested on drug charges has resigned. Barry Nelder's resignation is effective today. Full story...
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McIntyre: Focus should be local, not on Washington in wake of credit downgrade

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We caught up with Rep. Mike McIntyre today in Brunswick Ccounty and asked him for his thoughts about Standard & Poor's downgrade of America's credit rating. The congressman says southeastern North Carolina cannot focus on the debate in Washington, but rather should focus our attention here locally to boost our own economy. Full story...
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NC counties and cities report good credit, outlook not so good

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A bond rating agency has told five of North Carolina's biggest counties and two of its larger cities that they retained their good credit rating but their outlook is negative. Full story...
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NC Medicaid committee hears options for extra cuts

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North Carolina's Medicaid agency is preparing to slash services and payments beyond the nearly $360 million cut that state budget writers ordered this year. Full story...
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FEC: John Edwards's campaign must repay $2M

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Federal officials say former presidential candidate John Edwards must repay more than $2 million to the US Treasury. Full story...
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McIntyre wants Wilmington designated "American World War II City"

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Rep. Mike McIntyre wants the US House to designate a city each year as an "American World War II City," and he wants Wilmington to top the list. Full story...
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FAA shutdown could cost ILM projects, jobs

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video A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is having an effect on our airport. As time goes by before Congress passes a bill to end the shutdown, big projects at Wilmington International are in jeopardy. Full story...
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Obama: Debt deal is only a first step

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The Senate has approved an emergency bill to avert a first-ever government default with just hours to spare. Full story...
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NC charter schools seeking capital funds lose case

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North Carolina's Court of Appeals is telling charter schools seeking taxpayer money to buy and maintain their buildings and buses to take it up with lawmakers. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council member denied reimbursement for travel by audit committee

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video Wilmington City Council member Laura Padgett requested to be reimbursed about $700 for a trip she took to Washington D.C. in March, but the city’s audit committee denied her request. Now Padgett is saying she doesn't think the committee handled it properly. Full story...
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Southeastern NC's representatives in Washington talk about debt ceiling deal

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Months of tension, wrangling and political posturing may end Tuesday if Congress gives final approval to a compromise on the federal debt ceiling. The US House approved the bill Monday night. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday. Meanwhile southeastern North Carolina's representatives in Congress are sounding off. Full story...
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