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Lawmakers approve school day weather exceptions

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Some North Carolina school districts would receive exceptions to minimum instructional time this year due to storms and a fire in a bill heading to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk. Full story...
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Bill to speed up presentation of evidence to District Attorneys goes to Senate

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A method that could speed up offering the state's potential evidence to defense attorneys has been approved in the North Carolina House. Full story...
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Early voting legislation delayed in House

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Debate on politically tinged legislation to cut North Carolina's early voting period by a week has been delayed in the House. The chief sponsor of the House measure gave no reason on the floor why he asked that a final House vote scheduled for Monday night be delayed until Wednesday. Full story...
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INFLUENCE GAME: Helmet bill stokes lobbying effort

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A major football helmet manufacturer has sharply increased its Washington lobbying this year, responding to a congressional push to come up with new safety standards for children's football helmets. Full story...
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House to vote on shortening early voting period

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A proposal to cut North Carolina's early voting period by a week worries Democrats that they will lose voters. But Republican insist the shorter time is more efficient. Full story...
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Gov. says budget battle for education is not a partisan issue, it's philosophical

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The budget battle in Raleigh is coming down to the wire, and Gov. Bev Perdue says things will start getting dicey on June 30. Full story...
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Berger MIA as Commission, School Board talk money

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video It was supposed to be a chance for New Hanover County Commissioners and School Board members to try and get on the same page about the school district's budget. Instead, a Friday morning meeting may show the continued problems among the County Commission. Full story...
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THE RANT: Someone please buy Brian Berger an alarm clock

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video It's going to be a very long three-and-a-half-year term if you keep this up, Mr. Berger. You're quickly losing any credibility you may have had as an outsider wanting to initiate reform. May we suggest showing some respect for your constituents? Buy an alarm clock, use it, and try to be on time from now on. If not, please step aside and let someone more professional, more capable and more punctual do the job! Full story...
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McIntyre views bin Laden death photos

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While the Obama administration has decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden's death to the public, some members of Congress are taking a look, including Rep. Mike McIntyre. Full story...
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Berger continues to have beef with fellow New Hanover Co. Commissioners

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video The drama between New Hanover County Commissioners just doesn't seem to end. Commissioner Brian Berger says he's just become accustomed to attacks from fellow commissioners, but this time, he says things got physical. Full story...
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Perdue: Budget plan a "race to the bottom" for NC education

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video When we asked Gov. Perdue about what will happen with the budget, since there seems to be no common ground between Democrats and Republicans in Raleigh, she chose to focus her answer on the importance of education. Full story...
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Changes to workers' comp law get NC panel's look

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A legislative committee is continuing work on legislation easing the responsibility of North Carolina employers for workers compensation claims. Full story...
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Topsail recall bill passes Senate

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The North Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill that would let voters in Topsail Beach recall town leaders. Full story...
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N.C. leaders support challenge to healthcare reform overhaul

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North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have joined Minnesota legislators to put their two cents in to support litigation in which 26 states have challenged last year's federal health care overhaul. Full story...
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NC early-voting time reduced in House proposal

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North Carolina residents would have one week less to cast ballots before elections in legislation that supporters say would save money but opponents argue would discourage citizens - particularly Democrats - from voting. Full story...
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