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NC House tentatively approve eminent domain amendment again

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The House is poised to once again send the Senate a constitutional amendment to protect property owners' rights when North Carolina governments take land for projects. Full story...
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McCrory wants lawmakers to borrow, raise teacher base pay

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videoNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants legislators to let the state borrow roughly $2.5 billion for transportation and government infrastructure and to fulfill their promise to raise base teacher pay to $35,000 this fall. McCrory's office released goals Wednesday night as he delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Full story...
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McCrory ready for State of the State; WATCH LIVE at 7 p.m.

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Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to give lawmakers and North Carolina television viewers his take on the first two years of his term and what he wants to accomplish in the next two. Full story...
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NC House Democrats want incentives sweetened again

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Democrats at the General Assembly say economic incentives in North Carolina need to be sweetened again so more middle-class adults can get better-paying jobs. Full story...
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Tillis: Restaurant worker hand washing should be optional

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videoA freshman Republican senator says restaurants shouldn't have to make their employees wash their hands after bathroom visits if they are willing to accept the consequences. Full story...
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NC bills would rewrite redistricting method

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North Carolina General Assembly members who want to take the power to redraw legislative and congressional districts out of their own hands say a fairer redistricting method would benefit voters in choosing their elected representatives. Full story...
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NC auditor: Better tracking needed on major IT projects

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The state auditor says North Carolina is doing a poor job of keeping track of whether information technology projects are actually saving money. Full story...
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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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