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Wind project restrictions time-limited in NC Senate bill

Legislation that would have blocked for good new wind turbine projects across much of eastern North Carolina in the name of preserving military installations has been narrowed to a three-year pause.
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NC revenue surplus lowered slightly, still largest in years

Much of the surge in North Carolina income tax collections this spring can't be counted on to repeat in 2020 and 2021, state government economists said Tuesday. That could limit options on further spending or tax breaks in the upcoming two-year budget.
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Lack of support threatens Fort Fisher Aquarium expansion

A proposed bill to fund the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is under discussion, but still has to swim upstream before it is approved for the budget.

Sports gambling, horse wagering stay on track for Cherokees

Gambling operations run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina could soon let patrons bet on pro and college sporting events and off-track horse racing should legislation clearing a state Senate committee becomes law.

Pitching a “bold future,” Cooper unveils 2-year budget offer

Cooper unveiled a two-year spending plan on Wednesday in which state government would spend 5.4 percent more next year compared to this year.
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Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence

Could a change in the way schools are funded be better or worse after a natural disaster? Governor Roy Cooper visited one New Hanover County school that had a lot of damage from Hurricane Florence.

Republicans pitch keeping Court of Appeals at 15 judges

Some North Carolina Republicans want to repeal a 2017 law that reduces the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12 as retirements and other vacancies arise.
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Peterson files bill to reinstate film tax credit program

Senator Harper Peterson has sponsored a bill in the General Assembly to reboot the state's film tax credit program.
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Lawmakers override veto of North Carolina elections bill

With Republicans' veto-proof majority ending in days, the North Carolina legislature on Thursday overrode the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would keep campaign finance investigations confidential and allow the GOP to possibly dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.

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