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State prisoner sues over racy magazines

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An inmate in Harnett County says prison officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to let him have magazines he ordered that contain racy material. Full story...
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Governor signs bills to help homeowners

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Mortgage lenders face greater disclosure in North Carolina under three bills signed by Governor Mike Easley. Full story...
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NC lawmakers commit $50 million to build leading cancer center

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Certain names inspire hope for cancer patients: Johns Hopkins. Sloan-Kettering. North Carolina lawmakers want to add another: Lineberger. Full story...
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Failure of NC restaurant smoking ban masks other victories

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It was another painful defeat for anti-smoking forces in North Carolina when lawmakers shot down a proposed statewide smoking ban for hotels and restaurants. Full story...
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New Hanover County District Court Judge to be replaced

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Effective Thursday Judge John Carroll will be replaced by Judge J.H. Corpening. The news came as a shock to Carroll, who says he's proud of his accomplishments as chief judge over the past six years. Full story...
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Neighborhood feud gets ugly

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videoIt's a neighborhood feud going on right here in Wilmington and it's gotten pretty ugly. Neighbors are calling police on one another, videotaping each other's every move, even harassing their neighbor's pets. Full story...
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Pender County processes 1,000 traffic violations in one hour

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videoPender County court administrators had a record-breaking day Wednesday. It took prosecutors just one hour to handle more than 1,000 minor traffic violation cases. Many of the cases involved infractions like speeding, driving without a license or not having a registration. Full story...
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Woman accused of shooting boyfriend appears in court

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The New Hanover County woman accused of killing her boyfriend had her first day in court Wednesday. Full story...
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Man sentenced six months probation in "mile high" case

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Remember the "mile high" case? Sentencing happened Wednesday. In May Carl Persing was found guilty of interfering with a flight attendant by intimidation. Full story...
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New legislation ups landfill fees

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Last week state lawmakers passed legislation that would make it tougher for new landfills to be built in North Carolina. Many people are happy about the environmental benefits of the measure that now awaits Gov. Easley's signature to become law. But those benefits could eventually cost you more money. Full story...
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Brunswick County may get new assistant DA

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Brunswick County may be getting a new assistant district attorney. The new State budget includes money for 30 new North Carolina assistant district attorneys. This according to Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore. Full story...
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Deadline looming for state budget approval

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The deadline is looming for state lawmakers to approve a final budget for next year. The $20 billion State budget proposal could bring about several changes. The temporary quarter cent sales tax increase will likely become permanent. Full story...
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Lawmakers reach tentative deals on spending, taxes, Medicaid

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House and Senate negotiators have reached tentative agreements on a two-year budget that would make a "temporary" sales tax increase permanent and let counties raise additional taxes for school construction and infrastructure. Full story...
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Lawmakers give last approval to ban new hog lagoons in N.C.

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The Legislature gave its final approval this afternoon to a bill that will outlaw almost all new hog lagoons in North Carolina. Only Governor Mike Easley's signature is left to turn the measure into law. Full story...
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Bill would tighten rules on new landfills

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videoA bill in the State Senate would tighten rules on new landfills. State senators are scrambling to approve a final version of bill 1492 before a landfill moratorium expires August 1. The moratorium has prevented new landfills from being built in the past year. The bill has been delayed because lawmakers cannot come to an agreement on exactly what to include in it. Full story...
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