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N.C. Senator proposing big changes for auto insurance

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A North Carolina senator is proposing some big changes to the way auto insurance rates are calculated. He wants to take away the state insurance commissioner's ability to control insurance rates. If the bill presented in State Senate Tuesday is passed, North Carolina's business court would be in charge of deciding standard insurance rates, instead of the insurance commissioner. Full story...
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N.C. Court of Appeals hears cases in Wilmington

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It's been 20 years since the North Carolina Court of Appeals made an appearance in Wilmington. Monday three judges heard four real cases from the court of appeals at UNCW's student Fisher Center. Full story...
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Fifth district superior court judge sworn in

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History was made Thursday night at Wilmington's historic courthouse. Phyllis Gorham was sworn in as a superior court judge for the fifth judicial district. That includes New Hanover and Pender Counties. Full story...
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Bill to ban lottery advertising in college sports watered down

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The NCAA discourages mixing gambling and athletics. But it's not prohibited, and that's why the North Carolina lottery can advertise and sponsor college sporting events. Full story...
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House committee OKs anti-bully bill, includes gays on list of victims

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A bill that defines a statewide policy against bullying in North Carolina schools passed a House committee today, after members rejected an attempt to soften language about potential victims. Full story...
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Committee spars over gays' inclusion on list of bully targets

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Lawmakers hit a snag today in efforts to make schools adopt policies to combat bullying. Full story...
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Some call on Wright to resign, urge House to throw him out

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More people are calling on Representative Thomas Wright to resign or urging the House to begin efforts to remove him from office. The State Board of Elections yesterday referred Wright's case to Wake County prosecutors after investigators found evidence showing Wright may have used more than $240,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. Full story...
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Clogged courts mean North Carolina speeders often not punished

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Punishing speeders in North Carolina has become a rarity. A report by a Raleigh newspaper says legal loopholes allowed four-out-of-five drivers charged with speeding last fiscal year to avoid losing their drivers licenses and an increase in insurance premiums. Full story...
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Senate panel forwards MySpace registry bill despite industry concerns

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A Senate committee has given its blessing to a bill that would require youngsters in North Carolina to get their parents' permission before they create a profile on sites such as MySpace or Facebook. Full story...
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Duke settles lawsuit with former lacrosse player

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Duke University says it has settled a lawsuit by a former lacrosse player. Former player Kyle Dowd and his parents sued the school saying a professor gave him a bad grade because he was on the team. Full story...
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N.C. wireless tower bill gets poor reception from some

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A bill that attempts to streamline the application process to build cell phone towers in North Carolina is getting a poor reception by local governments. Full story...
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Case of suspect forced to wear sombrero sent to Justice Dept.

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The US Justice Department has been asked to review an incident where a federal drug agent made a suspected drug trafficker wear a sombrero and hold a Mexican flag for a photograph. Full story...
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Nags Head voters reject funding for beach nourishment

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Voters in Nags Head have said "no" to spending money on a beach nourishment project. Unofficial results from the Dare County Board of Elections say the measure was defeated by 154 votes. Full story...
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Lawmaker's fight highlights same-sex custody muddle in N.C.

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State Senator Julia Boseman is in the middle of a custody fight that helps highlight the lack of clarity in North Carolina law over what makes a person a parent. Full story...
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