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Senate panel disagrees with Perdue on estate tax

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A key North Carolina Senate committee has declined to follow a recommendation from Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget proposal that would have generated an extra $80 million next year in estate taxes. Full story...
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NC House panel passes tougher DWI punishments

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Anyone convicted of impaired driving in North Carolina under certain aggravating factors would face more time behind bars and higher fines in legislation that has cleared a House committee. Full story...
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Meet your lawmakers this weekend

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How often do you get the chance to speak one-on-one with the people who represent you locally, in Raleigh and even in Washington? You can this weekend. Full story...
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Charter school bill returning to NC Senate floor

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A rewrite of North Carolina's charter school law headed for a floor vote in the legislature incorporates a Republican promise during the campaign - ending the current 100-school cap. Full story...
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Perdue vetoes first bill by Republican majority

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Gov. Bev Perdue has used her veto for the first time on legislation approved by the new Republican majority at the Legislature. Full story...
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With expected departures, Perdue shakes up staff

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Gov. Bev Perdue is shaking up her staff because of some expected departures and is hiring a veteran legislator as her senior lobbyist at the Legislature. Full story...
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GOP lawmakers one vote away from health care bill OK

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A Republican-penned bill seeking North Carolina to challenge the 2010 health care overhaul law is one vote away from Democratic Gov. Bev. Perdue, who seems ready to ignore the measure if it hits her desk. Full story...
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Bill stops NC sex offenders as certain EMS workers

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A registered sex offender in North Carolina would be prevented from working as an emergency medical services worker under legislation approved overwhelmingly in the state House. Full story...
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Perdue dims veto threat on GOP's health challenge

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Gov. Bev Perdue says Republican-backed legislation pushing North Carolina to join other states fighting the federal health care overhaul law isn't worth a veto battle. Full story...
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Perdue's budget plan cuts CFCC Marine Tech program

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video Gov. Bev Perdue released a budget plan today that preserves public teaching jobs. But she still found ways to cut back on education. Perdue wants eight specialized programs from community colleges throughout the state eliminated. Included in that list is the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. Full story...
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NC's slap at federal health care law keeps going

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A North Carolina challenge to the federal health care overhaul that has been winding through the General Assembly is back on the agenda. Full story...
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Governor unveils interactive budget challenge

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It's not Monopoly, but Gov. Bev Perdue has a serious game to try your skill at balancing North Carolina's budget before she rolls out her own plan. Full story...
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NC Democratic chair wants speaker to check member

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The state Democratic Party wants North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to investigate a fellow Republican for potential ethics violations for presiding at a caucus meeting where legalizing video poker was discussed. Full story...
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NC Senate starts hearings on malpractice lawsuits

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North Carolina lawmakers are starting what promises to be a long fight over medical malpractice laws as insurance and medical services companies square off against law firms. Full story...
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Gov. Bev Perdue promises to help small businesses and keep teachers

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video Gov. Bev Perdue is dealing with a budget deficit of more than $2 billion dollars so cuts will be made, but the question is what will face the chopping block? Full story...
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