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Ronald Hewett lived, died a local legend

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Ronald Hewett was not just a sheriff in Brunswick County. He was an icon. Full story...
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NC budget meeting cancelled until next week

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Another public meeting to keep trying to work out differences between the House and Senate on North Carolina's new budget has been scrapped. House negotiators cancelled a meeting Friday morning after Senate members said Thursday they would not attend. Full story...
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Closing arguments set in hearing on NC voting laws

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Final arguments are underway at a hearing over whether sweeping changes to North Carolina's voting laws will be put on hold until after the November election. Full story...
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McCrory says he'd veto Senate pay plan

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd veto any North Carolina budget plan on his desk that raises teacher pay dramatically like the Senate wants because it would mean huge cuts elsewhere to pay for it. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Padgett wishes other council members spent more of travel budget

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videoWilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett's spending habits are making headlines again. Padgett overspent on her travel budget for the fiscal year that just ended. She's the only council member to do so, and it's not the first time. Full story...
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NC senators walk out, return to budget meeting

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videoSo much for compromise. Senate members walked out of budget negotiations Wednesday after making some headway the day before. Full story...
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Oak Island beaches to continue welcoming dogs

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video A huge turnout at Tuesday night's meeting led the Oak Island Town Council to make a decision about banning dogs on the beach. Full story...
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$55M Wilmington transportation bond heads to November ballot

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videoIt's now up to Wilmington voters to either pass or reject a transportation bond. At Tuesday night's meeting, the Wilmington City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with the $55 million bond and put it on the November ballot. Full story...
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NC Film Office director steps down

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videoAmid continued deliberation about the future of the state's film incentive program, the N.C. Film Office will soon face the loss of its leader. Aaron Syrett, director of the film office, confirmed Tuesday that he will step down from the position July 31. Full story...
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McCrory says no to extending current film incentive plan

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videoMcCrory says he does not have the money in the budget for a one-year extension of the current incentives. Instead he says he's pushing ahead with incentive reform. Full story...
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NC House honors Maya Angelou with resolution

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The North Carolina House has voted to honor the life and memory of author, poet and teacher Maya Angelou. House members unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that remembers Angelou as an extraordinary woman and hails her lasting legacy. Full story...
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Galleria deannexation bill passes in General Assembly

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videoGoodbye, Wrightsville Beach. Hello, Wilmington. A bill to allow the old Galleria property to transfer municipalities has passed in the General Assembly. Full story...
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NC House mini-budget returned to sender by Senate

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The North Carolina Senate ditched a House bill designed to accelerate the budget talks with a rare maneuver that could aggravate negotiations instead. Full story...
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NAACP seeks to extend deadline for eugenics claims

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North Carolina's NAACP is sending an open letter to the governor, speaker of the House and state Senate leaders seeking a yearlong deadline extension for victims of the state's eugenics program. Full story...
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Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

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The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. Full story...
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