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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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NC Senate looking to spend more on UNC system

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The development of a North Carolina state budget is taking a slightly different path now that senators have started meeting in committees after the House approved its plan last week. Full story...
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NC education governance is shifted in House bill

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The debate over who should lead North Carolina's public education system has returned to the General Assembly in a bill that would shift authority to the statewide elected superintendent. Full story...
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NC Senate head: Jobless funds standoff continues

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The leader of the North Carolina Senate says there's no change in the political faceoff with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue over extending unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. Full story...
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Attorney: Airlines should apologize to Imams

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A North Carolina attorney for several Muslim leaders says two airlines owe his clients an apology for kicking them off commercial flights. Imams in Memphis, Tenn., and New York were headed to a national conference in Charlotte over the weekend when they were asked to leave the planes without reason. Full story...
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FEMA already has OK'd $6.5M following NC tornadoes

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About $6.5 million in government assistance already has been approved for displaced or distressed residents and businesses after last month's deadly tornadoes, emergency officials told state lawmakers Monday but said they're trying to overcome obstacles to let people know about the help. Full story...
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Legislative district maps may be drawn soon

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North Carolina legislators have completed nearly four weeks of public comment on how boundaries for congressional and General Assembly seats should look for the next decade, and maps could be drawn very soon. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Four Pender Health Board members quit

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The chair of the Pender County Board of Health has resigned along with three members. Full story...
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Storm recovery focus of new NC legislative panel

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North Carolina lawmakers are meeting to keep tabs on the needs of thousands of homeowners and businesses whose property was damaged by deadly tornadoes last month and whether more should be done to help these and future storm victims. Full story...
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Penny on sales tax focus of NC schools coalition

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Public school boosters and business groups say the future of North Carolina's children and economy is worth keeping an extra penny on the sales tax to prevent deep cuts and thousands of job losses in education. Full story...
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