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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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FIRST ON 3: CFCC facing huge budget cuts; tuition hike likely

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video Just days after graduation, community colleges across North Carolina got news of a potential 12 percent funding cut from the state. Students who rely on scholarships from the North Carolina Education Lottery may also lose funding. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back bill adding abortion regulations

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North Carolina legislators are moving ahead with an effort to make it more time-consuming to get an abortion by requiring state-mandated counseling, a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus. Full story...
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NC GOP tax package may cut rates, simplify returns

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North Carolina's individual income tax rates could be lowered and state returns simplified in a package of changes being considered by Republicans at the Legislature. Full story...
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Senate moves forward with energy exploration measure

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The North Carolina Senate is pushing ahead with the idea of allowing energy exploration off the state's coast.The Senate voted 38-12 on Tuesday to back a measure supporterssay would help the state cash in on energy royalties and possibly create thousands of long-term jobs. Full story...
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NC panel gives first OK to health insurance market

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North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to create a marketplace of private health plans for people who now have the hardest time finding coverage. Full story...
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Another NC state employee health plan change OK'd

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The General Assembly has finalized a substitute plan to close a funding gap for the health insurance plan for North Carolina employees, retirees and their dependents that still could face a veto from Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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