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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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NC Senate again backs having more coastal jetties

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The North Carolina Senate has again put its support behind allowing coastal regulators to approve putting hardened structures at the edge of coastal inlets to protect development along North Carolina's barrier islands. Full story...
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GOP legislators say Perdue can't take $100M

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Republican legislators say Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is threatening the prompt return of income tax refunds to North Carolina residents by borrowing money in a way that violates the state constitution. Full story...
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GOP likely needs more Democrats for veto override

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House Republican leaders say they'll probably go ahead to try to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto blocking an effort to challenge a provision in the federal health care overhaul law, although it appears Democrats are closing ranks against it. Full story...
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Bill would allow concealed guns in parks, eateries

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People carrying legally concealed handguns in North Carolina could take them into more restaurants and into state and local parks if an idea in the House becomes law. Full story...
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Piedmont to win, rural areas lose in NC remapping

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Republicans in charge of redrawing North Carolina legislative districts will set boundaries with an eye to the Piedmont. Full story...
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NC bill would punish those who harm, kill fetuses

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North Carolina Republicans and some crime victims are promoting legislation to make it a felony for an attacker to kill or injure a fetus at any stage of development. Full story...
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Bill to eliminate four tests advances in NC Senate

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Legislation that would eliminate four standardized end-of-course exams in North Carolina's public schools is moving forward over a judge's argument that ending them would violate the state constitution. Full story...
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NC Senate committee approves malpractice changes

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A Republican effort to change medical malpractice lawsuit rules and place a limit on certain monetary damages for patients in North Carolina has cleared a significant hurdle in the General Assembly. Full story...
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McIntyre hopes to avoid government shutdown

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Southeastern North Carolina's representative in Congress says as an eternal optimist, he does not think the federal government will shut down. Full story...
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Goolsby wants US 17 renamed to honor Marines at cost of $100k

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Sen. Thom Goolsby has sponsored a bill in the state legislature to designate US 17 as US Marine Corps Highway. The bill calls for $100,000 of Department of Transportation funds be allocated to pay for signage for the road. Full story...
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Attorney General continues defiance of health care reform challenge

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video The Republican-controlled state legislature wants to challenge parts of the last year's federal health care reform, but Attorney General Roy Cooper is against the plan, even though he's required to join the fight. Full story...
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Perdue spending several days in Washington

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Gov. Bev Perdue is starting a five-day trip to Washington with a visit to the White House with other Democratic governors to talk with President Obama about how states can work together on the economy. Full story...
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NC AG: Office shouldn't defend unenforceable law

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office shouldn't defend in court a challenge to the health care overhaul approved by North Carolina legislators if it becomes state law because the measure is unenforceable. Full story...
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