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NC legislator going unaffiliated, wants to caucus with GOP

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A state House member from the Outer Banks announced Wednesday he's switching his voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated and hopes to caucus with the Republican majority beginning with the new legislative session starting this month. Second-term Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk disclosed his decision Wednesday, a week before lawmakers return to Raleigh to elect new chamber leaders. Full story...
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Boehner shunned by 2 NC House members for speaker's post

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Two House Republicans from North Carolina declined to support John Boehner for a third term as speaker. Tuesday's televised roll call for the speaker's election had Reps. Walter Jones from the 3rd District and Mark Meadows of the 11th District each voting for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Webster received the most votes from about 25 GOP defections to someone other than Boehner, who still won the speaker's job. Full story...
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Commissioners renew support for film program

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videoThe New Hanover County Commission had their first meeting of 2015 this afternoon. Monday they passed a resolution in support of the film industry. Full story...
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Former NC lawmaker attempting to have case dismissed

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A former North Carolina lawmaker convicted on a dozen federal counts is trying to get his case dismissed. WRAL in Raleigh reports attorneys for former Rep. Stephen LaRoque allege prosecutors improperly extended the term of the grand jury that indicted him. Full story...
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NC governor says incentives are top priority early in session

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Gov. Pat McCrory says the legislature needs to act early this year to refresh North Carolina's economic incentives offerings because he lacks tools needed when pitching North Carolina to company executives. McCrory told a new year's business economic forum Monday he wants lawmakers to develop a "strategic incentive program" with changes "in a matter of weeks" if the state wants recent job announcements to continue. The legislative session isn't expected to begin in earnest until Jan. 28. Full story...
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Report shows wide variances in NC sea-level rise

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A new 30-year report on sea-level rise shows wide variances along the North Carolina coast, from a possible rise of 4 inches at Southport to more than 12 inches on the northern Outer Banks. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported those numbers are part of a draft report by an advisory science panel for the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. The commission requested the report after legislators rejected a 2010 study. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Navassa mayor charged with threat against town councilwoman

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videoNavassa Mayor Eulis Willis was arrested earlier this week for allegedly threatening a member of the town council. Full story...
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A new year brings new laws and expires others

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video A new year brings new laws. Starting Thursday taxes will drop for some corporations and people, but film and taxi drivers will see some major changes. There are several changes in North Carolina's laws that took effect. One of the biggest changes a local actor says Wilmington faces is expiring film incentives. A 25 percent tax credit for TV and film productions is now gone. Full story...
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New NC laws: Lower taxes, fewer breaks

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The slate of laws taking effect with the new year includes lower taxes for corporations and individuals, though taxi drivers and movie-makers are losing preferential breaks. Full story...
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NC to appeal ultrasound law decision

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North Carolina's attorney general plans to ask the US Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that the state's ultrasound law is unconstitutional. Full story...
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