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NC budget details education increases, other cuts

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The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools. More>>

Audit: Medicaid's NCTracks fails to meet milestones

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An audit raises further questions about North Carolina’s Medicaid payment system. More>>

NC Senate sees lawmaking continue into November

North Carolina lawmakers want to continue their election-year legislative session past November's elections. More>>

Lawmakers in last-minute moves over NC budget Video included

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Legislative budget-writers are toiling to finalize an annual spending plan for North Carolina government four days after announcing a deal and a day after leading lawmakers described its main points.Senate budget-writer Sen. Harry Brown says a finalized document won't be done until late Wednesday.
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NC weighs giving upfront money for promised jobs

North Carolina lawmakers are considering breaking with a generation of state job-hunting efforts and giving corporations upfront money to move. More>>

NC Senate signs off on farm bill

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The Senate voted Wednesday to agree to a bill that would shield DENR from disclosing complaints and investigations on farms. More>>

NC elections board sets special judicial filing

The State Board of Elections today set a special filing period for three North Carolina judicial seats. More>>

Republican leaders: NC budget raises teacher pay $3,500 Video included

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Republican Leaders announced Tuesday they have reached a budget deal, one that includes 7 percent raises for teachers and preserves teacher assistants. More>>

Gay marriage supporters push for quick NC ruling Video included

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Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional. More>>

'Puppy mill' regulations removed from proposed state budget Video included

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Senate leaders say they did not consider language regulating dog breeders in the state budget because of "unethical" actions of lobbyists for the bill. More>>

Duke expert: NC ban on gay marriage won't stand

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A Duke professor says North Carolina's ban on gay marriage won't hold up after Monday's federal court ruling in Virginia. More>>

NC Senate leaders hint at budget details Video included

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North Carolina's Senate leader said Monday that he hopes to have a final budget to vote on this week. More>>

Va. ruling sets up contentious battle over gay marriage in NC Video included

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said it is time to stop defending the state's amendment prohibiting gay marriage. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said it is time to stop defending the state's amendment prohibiting gay marriage.
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Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office will no longer defend North Carolina's gay marriage ban.
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NC Senate to vote on Medicaid plan Monday Video included

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North Carolina Senators are expected to take a final vote on a bill that would overhaul Medicaid in the state. More>>

NC Legislative leaders say they have budget framework Video included

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Republican legislative leaders said they have reached an agreement on the outline of a state budget. More>>

NC budget hole grows based on new tax cut analysis

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North Carolina income tax collections for 2014 are expected to fall $205 million short of earlier projections following Republican-backed tax cuts approved last year. More>>

Charter school bill heads to governor's desk

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A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor. More>>

NC House fails to concur on moped regulations

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The North Carolina House Thursday rejected a bill requiring insurance for moped drivers. More>>

School systems anxious for new budget as school year begins

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Three weeks into the new fiscal year, there is still no new state budget and Wake County school board members are anxiously watching for a new plan for teacher raises. More>>

GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes

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An omnibus bill backed by Republican leaders in the North Carolina House is seeking to make dozens of changes to state laws. More>>

NC Senate passes Medicaid reform legislation

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The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. More>>

NC flags lowered on day of Fulghum service

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A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades. More>>

NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

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Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue. More>>

State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately Video included

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The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.

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Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

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McCrory and Senate Republicans met privately Tuesday as they sought to resolve their differences over budget adjustments supposed to be settled three weeks ago. More>>

McCrory signs bills on Common Core, health care

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Gov. Pat McCrory signed several bills Tuesday, including one abolishing Common Core in North Carolina and another that was sponsored by the late Dr. Jim Fulghum of Wake County. More>>

Political group running another anti-Tillis NC ad

An independent political group plans to spend more than $1 million over the next two weeks for a television ad critical of North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis by trying to link him to conservative financiers. More>>

Tillis visits DC seeking donors for NC Senate bid

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The ongoing General Assembly session is putting a crimp into House Speaker Thom Tillis' campaign for the U.S. Senate, but he's still mingling with donors backing his campaign. More>>

NC pension changes near final legislative approval

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The General Assembly is one vote away from finalizing changes to North Carolina's government retirement system in part to prevent the system from having to pay for some large pension spikes for high-income workers. More>>

NC sales tax limit for counties reviewed by Senate

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Senate Republicans have retooled a proposal limiting local sales taxes in North Carolina but could still stop two large counties from putting referenda on the ballot. More>>

NC Senate to debate Medicaid reform Tuesday Video included

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North Carolina lawmakers plan to discuss Medicaid reform when the Senate convenes Tuesday. More>>

NC teacher assistants' future key in budget talks

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The most high-profile fight between the House and Senate in extended North Carolina budget negotiations is over how large they want teacher pay increases to be. More>>

Wake Co. Rep. Jim Fulghum dies following cancer diagnosis Video included

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The daughter of Rep. Jim Fulghum says the lawmaker died Saturday, just weeks after he withdrew from his state Senate campaign.
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Tillis, NC Republicans talk GOP campaign efforts Video included

Tillis and other party notables spoke at the event. Tillis and other party notables spoke at the event.
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The U.S. Senate race is at the top of North Carolina's ballots this fall, and Republican nominee Thom Tillis is helping lead the GOP's charge to get out the vote. More>>

Hagan says she's hopeful about contraception bill Video included

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said Friday that she is hopeful a federal bill requiring employers to offer contraception in their insurance plans can be resurrected in the U.S. Senate - despite a Supreme Court decision partially rejecting such coverage. More>>

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  • NC budget details education increases, other cuts

    NC budget details education increases, other cuts

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:56:52 GMT
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    The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.
    The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.
  • Audit: Medicaid's NCTracks fails to meet milestones

    Audit: Medicaid's NCTracks fails to meet milestones

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:33:29 GMT
    An audit raises further questions about North Carolina’s Medicaid payment system.
    An audit raises further questions about North Carolina’s Medicaid payment system.
  • NC Senate sees lawmaking continue into November

    NC Senate sees lawmaking continue into November

    North Carolina lawmakers want to continue their election-year legislative session past November's elections.
    North Carolina lawmakers want to continue their election-year legislative session past November's elections.
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  • Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:39:05 GMT
    A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.
    Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.
  • US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:38:58 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict.
  • Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

    Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:29:08 GMT
    Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week.
    Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the...
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