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Controversial speech, reception cost taxpayers hundreds

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videoMonday evening New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield delivered the State of the County address. The speech focused on bigger picture ideas like job growth in our area and our local economy. With all it included, it is just as likely to be remembered, though, for what it didn't include. Full story...
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NC Senate budget-writers roll out early spending bill

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Top Senate budget-writers have written an early-session spending bill that in part seeks to ensure a panel drafting new academic standards for North Carolina's public schools has money to perform its work. The bill filed Monday directs the Department of Public Instruction to transfer $275,000 to help the panel, which was created last year. Full story...
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Debt study says NC can issue more bonds than a year ago

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An annual report evaluating North Carolina's debt and how much more borrowing the state can truly afford is good news for Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders considering road and building projects. Full story...
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White issues statement ahead of Barfield's State of County

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Hours before Chairman Jonathan Barfield is set to give the annual State of the County address, fellow New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White continues to make waves about what likely will not be in the speech. Full story...
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Commissioner claims colleagues blocking him from recording State of County response

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video The battle between New Hanover County commissioners Woody White and Jonathan Barfield has reached a new level. Full story...
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Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Full story...
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WWAY INVESTIGATION: Dinner's on you!

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videoWhen you're elected to office, there will be times you have to travel at the taxpayer's expense. But do public leaders need to spend so much of your money? Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Board of Elections staff denounces director's firing response

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videoThe New Hanover County Board of Elections staff claims their boss's response to getting fired is false. Full story...
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Huckabee stops by Camp Lejuene on tour through Carolinas

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is signing copies of his new book during stops in the Carolinas. Huckabee made stops in Raleigh, at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg Wednesday. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Flying the presidential skies

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videoLet's talk EXTRAORDINARY. Imagine you're on Air Force One and standing in line at the employee/crew bathroom, right next to you, is a Secretary of State and a few Presidents of the United States. That is a true story experienced by Howie Franklin....our Extraordinary Person of the Week. Full story...
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