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Federal prosecutors drop case against John Edwards

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Federal prosecutors have filed an order dismissing the remaining criminal charges against John Edwards. Full story...
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NC Senate gives tentative approval to $20B budget

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The North Carolina Senate has agreed along party lines to a $20 billion budget bill for next year that Republican plan authors say puts the state on stronger fiscal footing but Democrats derided as sending the wrong message on education. Full story...
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Dalton endorsed by NCAE for governor

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North Carolina's leading teacher lobbying group has endorsed Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to be the state's next governor. Full story...
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PPP: McCrory adds slightly to lead in polls over Dalton

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A new poll shows little change in how North Carolina voters view the candidates for governor. Public Policy Polling found Pat McCrory leads Walter Dalton 47-40. That's almost identical to McCrory's 46-40 advantage in May. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

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video With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What's not? And where? At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It's called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark. Full story...
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Carolina Beach town council developing plan in response to lease violation

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Town leaders discussed what to do about a lease violation for property owned by the US Army during its meeting Tuesday night. Full story...
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NC Senate approves sea level calculation bill

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists' warnings of rising sea levels. Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday. The measure received little fanfare and no senators spoke in opposition to the measure. Full story...
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NC 'guns in bars' bill could die in committee

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Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside. The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion. Full story...
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NC Senate budget approved by committee

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The North Carolina Senate's largest committee has moved along the Republicans' budget proposal for next year without making changes sought by advocates for the public schools and the prevention of teen smoking and adolescent pregnancy. Full story...
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The Rant: June 11, 2012

Forced annexation is dead in North Carolina. It's the end of a long and costly battle.

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