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Pantano claims family being harassed by “liberal activists” over puppy adoption; Rescue president talks...

video Ilario Pantano claims the president of a puppy rescue group is harassing him and his family and has thrust his Labradoodle puppies into a political battle.

NC Senate considers red light camera ban

video A bill in the North Carolina Senate could put a stop to the use of red light cameras that catch drivers in the act of breaking the law.

NC charter school overhaul bill back in committee

North Carolina legislators are pushing ahead with a plan that would increase the number of charter schools from the current statewide limit of 100.

Del Pietro withdraws from Congressional race

Democrat Del Pietro has withdrawn from the race for Congress. Pietro planned to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in next year's Democratic primary for the 7th District seat in the US House.

The Rant: April 5, 2011

NC state worker health plan changes get final OK

Higher co-pays, deductibles and mandated monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers are in Republican-penned legislation receiving final approval at the Legislature and headed to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk.

ONLY ON 3: McIntyre aide apologizes for calling opponent “crazy”

An aide to Rep. Mike McIntyre has issued a formal apology to a man planning to challenge the Congressman in next year's after calling him "crazy."

Wilmington City Council looks at ways to tighten budget

video At a budget work session today, Mayor Bill Saffo said he thinks there will be much debate over changes to the system. He said although the decision to adjust the budget may not be easy, it is necessary.

Budget cuts could mean tolls on more NC ferries

North Carolina legislators are considering budget cuts that might lead the state to charge to ride four ferries that are currently free and double the price on three others.

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