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NC Senate committee approves malpractice changes

A Republican effort to change medical malpractice lawsuit rules and place a limit on certain monetary damages for patients in North Carolina has cleared a significant hurdle in the General Assembly.

McIntyre hopes to avoid government shutdown

Southeastern North Carolina's representative in Congress says as an eternal optimist, he does not think the federal government will shut down.

Goolsby wants US 17 renamed to honor Marines at cost of $100k

Sen. Thom Goolsby has sponsored a bill in the state legislature to designate US 17 as US Marine Corps Highway. The bill calls for $100,000 of Department of Transportation funds be allocated to pay for signage for the road.

Attorney General continues defiance of health care reform challenge

video The Republican-controlled state legislature wants to challenge parts of the last year's federal health care reform, but Attorney General Roy Cooper is against the plan, even though he's required to join the fight.

Perdue spending several days in Washington

Gov. Bev Perdue is starting a five-day trip to Washington with a visit to the White House with other Democratic governors to talk with President Obama about how states can work together on the economy.

NC AG: Office shouldn’t defend unenforceable law

Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office shouldn't defend in court a challenge to the health care overhaul approved by North Carolina legislators if it becomes state law because the measure is unenforceable.

Burden about deadly force shifts in NC Senate bill

North Carolina residents would be presumed to have properly used deadly force when an intruder breaks into their home, car or business under legislation getting preliminary approval in the Senate.

WASHINGTON POST: Can Ilario Pantano get to Congress?

The question for Pantano is whether he can go beyond the headlines -- and the controversies that surrounded him during his 2010 race -- and win a rematch against North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) next November.

State Senate votes to remove cap on public charter schools

Following years of inaction by the former Democratic majority, the Senate tentatively passed SB 8 today with bipartisan support. In addition to removing the 15-year-old cap, it creates a North Carolina Public Charter Schools Commission to review applications for new schools, grant and revoke charters based on school performance, and provide general oversight for charter schools.

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