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Senate bill pushes to close NC coal ash ponds

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videoThe North Carolina Senate is trying to push through legislation that will close all coal ash ponds in the state. The bill would also allow for clean-up of certain coal ash sites, including the Sutton Plant site right here in southeastern North Carolina. Environmental activists wonder if the bill goes far enough. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders continue debate on Riverfront Park plans

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videoWilmington City Council is looking to give Riverfront Park a facelift. The city plans to start construction in January, but before that leaders must agree on a design. Full story...
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Film crews react to grant plan

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videoFilm incentives have been the talk of the town for years, but with the most recent change, concern for the future has set in. Full story...
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THIS JUST IN: NC House passes amendment that keeps film rolling for now

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videoIt wasn't exactly what State Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) wanted. But, film supporters said it's better than nothing. Thursday night, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed, 90 to 26, Davis' amendment that would trade film tax credits for a grant program. Full story...
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Berger makes court appearance on probation violation

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videoBrian Berger has made few appearances at meetings of the New Hanover County Commission the last six months. His attendance in New Hanover County Court, though, has been far more frequent. Full story...
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UPDATE: Brian Berger back in New Hanover County to face probation violations

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videoNew Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is back in Wilmington and being held in the New Hanover County Jail under $300,000 bond. He is due in court Thursday afternoon. Full story...
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NC film industry in doubt after committee kills incentive changes

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video Could this be the beginning of the end for North Carolina's film industry? Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) proposed three changes to a budget bill hoping to extend the state's film tax credit program. He thought he had the green light for it this morning, but that's not what happened. Full story...
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State probing sweepstakes donations

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The State Bureau of Investigation is probing campaign donations provided to North Carolina politicians by the video sweepstakes industry. North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley confirmed the criminal investigation into possible public corruption, which she said began in 2013. Full story...
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Senate committee ok's NC charter school changes

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Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be subject to the state's open records and meetings law. A Senate education committee approved new changes to charter schools Wednesday that would make school and employee personnel records subject to public records law like employees of traditional public schools. Full story...
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Former NC Congressional candidate Breazeale loses SC race

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A new name could not keep a former North Carolina Congressional candidate from the same Election Day fate in South Carolina. Will Breazeale, who twice ran to represent southeastern North Carolina in the US House, lost his bid tonight for South Carolina Adjutant General. Full story...
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Brian Berger arrested in Avery County

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is in trouble with the law again. Full story...
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NC Senate panel changes product liability bill

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A Senate panel has rejected proposals that would have made it harder for North Carolinians to sue manufacturers. Senators voted Tuesday to remove a provision that would exempt manufacturers from liability over its products, as long as the products met all government regulations when they were sold. Full story...
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House easily approves bill to speed vets' care

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The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow patients facing long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors. Full story...
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NC House seeks average 5 percent teacher raises

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North Carolina public school teachers would get average 5 percent raises without having to give up any job protections in the budget proposal House Republicans have written. Full story...
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Taxes on the rise, some local leaders frustrated

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videoThe county's 'credit card' bill so to speak is getting higher and higher with that cost eventually passed onto the taxpayer. Some local leaders feel the spending is out of control. Meanwhile, others feel new spending on the horizon is a cost we all just have to bear. Full story...
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