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Two GOP governor candidates release health care plans

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Two Republican candidates for governor released their health care platforms just hours before a scheduled television debate on the topic. Salisbury attorney Bill Graham said at a news conference Thursday that his plan would focus on getting coverage to the 1.4 million uninsured people in North Carolina. He proposed the creation of what he called "community risk pools" that would allow businesses, the self-employed and other individuals to buy and sell different types of health insurance policies. Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr also released a plan Thursday that includes efforts to increase the number of doctors, nurses and medical professionals that are educated through the University of North Carolina and community college systems. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Governor Candidates

The Governor's race is on in North Carolina. We have six candidates for Governor stepping into the ring so far. We need a new state leader who will tackle the important challenges facing our state. We also need a leader who will stand up to the government corruption that seems to have built itself into the process in Raleigh. The first Governor's Debate to ever be held in southeastern North Carolina is coming April 17 to the Cape Fear Community College Swartz Center. This is a new opportunity for our area citizens and area students to spend some "face time" with the candidates, and ask questions. Let's support this first ever event, and show our state politicians that southeastern North Carolina has become a political force.