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Legislators advance tougher penalties for pharmacy break-ins

Some North Carolina lawmakers want more severe punishments for breaking into a building to steal drugs from a pharmacy.

Dueling Senate bills would end shutdown in different ways

Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the partial government shutdown.
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Divided Senate advances Kavanaugh nomination toward weekend

A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump's effort to tip the court rightward for decades.
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Senate passes aviation bill with $1.7B in disaster aid

The Senate has passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters.
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Ford recounts ‘laughter’ in alleged Kavanaugh sexual attack

With high drama in the making, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh emphatically fended off new accusations of sexual misconduct ahead of a charged public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination and enshrine a high court conservative majority.
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Former Arizona US Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain

The governor of Arizona announced Tuesday that he will appoint former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen. John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate.
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New Hanover County GOP: John McCain leaves ‘big shoes to fill’

Two days after Senator John McCain died at the age of 81, reaction to his death continues, including here in our area.
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Government reaches budget deal

Senate leadership has reached a bipartisan budget deal that would raise government funding limits over the next two years for both defense and non-defense spending.

House and Senate pursue spending deals as shutdown looms

Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can't have his way on immigration.

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