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Top NC GOP lawmakers appeal ruling gay marriage OK

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video North Carolina legislative leaders are giving formal notice that their lawyers will appeal a Greensboro federal judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the state. Full story...
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GOP remains comfortably in charge at NC statehouse

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Several million dollars from independent groups on top of an expensive US Senate race that negatively portrayed the Republican agenda in Raleigh helped Democrats knock off a few GOP incumbents at the North Carolina legislature on Election Day. Full story...
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Public forum decides fate of North Topsail Island

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videoWashing away ... that's what some Topsail Beach homeowners are afraid of. Town Council made a decision on the future of property on the North end of Topsail Island Thursday night. Full story...
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Court official defends directive to NC magistrates

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The chief administrator of North Carolina's courts says magistrates are duty-bound to marry gay couples and says he finds no federal law or rulings that would exempt them based on religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. Full story...
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NC panel eyes unannounced fracking inspections

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Hearing officers who studied public comments on fracking in North Carolina are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations. The report was prepared by three members of the state Mining and Energy Commission for the full board to consider at meetings starting Thursday. Full story...
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New chapter beginning for Bladen County Sheriff

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videoVoters elected a new sheriff in Bladen County Tuesday. It's the first time a Republican will hold that position in recent history. Full story...
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Tillis sensed victory over Hagan about 2 weeks ago

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North Carolina Sen.-elect Thom Tillis says his victory over incumbent Kay Hagan came as no surprise because projections taken about two weeks ago suggested he would win. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court race too close to call

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Associate Justice Cheri Beasley is leading in her bid for a full term on North Carolina's Supreme Court, but the race is still too close to call. Full story...
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Elections board reports record midterm turnout

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State officials say voters have set a record for ballots cast in a midterm election in North Carolina. Full story...
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Rep. Catlin keeps seat on NC House 20

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videoVoters have kept Republican Rick Catlin in the NC House District 20 seat with 62 percent of the vote. Full story...
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