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Del Pietro withdraws from Congressional race

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Democrat Del Pietro has withdrawn from the race for Congress. Pietro planned to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in next year's Democratic primary for the 7th District seat in the US House. Full story...
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The Rant: April 5, 2011

There's been a lot of drama in the political world around here lately, but a new poll shows some interesting trends. WWAY's Kevin Wuzzardo has more in tonight's edition of The Rant.

NC state worker health plan changes get final OK

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Higher co-pays, deductibles and mandated monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers are in Republican-penned legislation receiving final approval at the Legislature and headed to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: McIntyre aide apologizes for calling opponent "crazy"

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An aide to Rep. Mike McIntyre has issued a formal apology to a man planning to challenge the Congressman in next year's after calling him "crazy." Full story...
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Wilmington City Council looks at ways to tighten budget

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video At a budget work session today, Mayor Bill Saffo said he thinks there will be much debate over changes to the system. He said although the decision to adjust the budget may not be easy, it is necessary. Full story...
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Budget cuts could mean tolls on more NC ferries

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North Carolina legislators are considering budget cuts that might lead the state to charge to ride four ferries that are currently free and double the price on three others. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: McIntyre's staffer calls opponent "crazy," "shaky," "schizophrenic" and "not all there"

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During Rep. Mike McIntyre's jobs summit today, one of the Congressman's staffers made some interesting comments to us. Full story...
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Perdue to visit Whiteville, Leland

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Gov. Bev Perdue will visit two area towns this week. The governor today kicked off a two-week jobs tour of businesses and classrooms. Full story...
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Plan puts NC health insurance on chopping block

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Most of North Carolina's state workers, teachers and retirees would pay more for health insurance but get fewer benefits under a half-billion-dollar change being considered by lawmakers. Full story...
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"And the Winner is..." BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN

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video We're changing course a bit for next week's "And the Winner is..." We'd like to know who's your favorite local politician? Has your favorite elected official lived up to their campaign promises? Do you appreciate their vision and the ideas they have for our future? Who would you vote into the office of BEST POLITICIAN in the Cape Fear? Here's how you're voting (Noon Thurs.):
State Senator Thom Goolsby - 29%
County Commissioner Brian Berger - 17%
There isn't one - 15% Full story...
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Grad student turned candidate says he has plan to fix Wilmington

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Election season is still months away, but one UNC Wilmington student is already thinking about ways to shake things up. Full story...
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Fetus protection legislation gets first hearing

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North Carolina lawmakers who want to punish people who harm a fetus at any stage of development want to make clear that ignorance of a woman's pregnancy is no excuse. Full story...
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NC GOP legislators promise more transparency

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Republicans who took over the North Carolina Legislature in January promised a more open process and to avoid working out the budget behind closed doors. Full story...
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Duke Energy guarantees $10M for convention in NC

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One of Charlotte's biggest companies is guaranteeing a $10 million line of credit for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Full story...
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Tillis says health care overhaul bill isn't over

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House Speaker Thom Tillis has a message for Democrats about Gov. Bev Perdue's vetoes: Watch your backs. Full story...
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