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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House is closing in on approving a $21 billion budget full of cuts, policy shifts and a raise for public school teachers averaging 7 percent.

The spending plan for the year that started a month ago won preliminary approval from the House on Friday. The Senate passed it earlier Friday. A final vote is expected in the state House on Saturday. The document was negotiated among Republicans, who hold large legislative majorities.

The budget holds spending flat by committing $153 million of one-time money and tapping $620 million in savings from the previous year.

Class sizes in kindergarten and first grade will be reduced, but child care subsidies are being reduced and Medicaid provider payments cut.

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