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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

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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>>

NC Senate considers bill allowing counties to hike sales tax Video included

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The Senate will consider a bill that allows counties to raise sales taxes while placing restrictions on how that money can be used. More>>

NC private schools may get taxpayer money before judge rules Video included

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Taxpayer money for private or religious school tuition may start flowing to North Carolina families before a judge rules whether the program is legal. More>>

Senate's idea to reform NC Medicaid OK'd by panel

The Senate's idea of Medicaid reform in North Carolina has cleared a hurdle in the chamber despite opposition from several medical organizations and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration, which prefer a House plan. More>>

McCrory to sign bill to repeal Common Core Video included

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The North Carolina House voted Wednesday to repeal Common Core, the national standards for education.
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NC Senate approves moped regulations bill

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The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill which requires moped drivers to carry insurance. More>>

NC Senate differs with House on Medicaid future

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The Senate has offered details to its solution to contain North Carolina's Medicaid costs. They are considerably different from those backed by the House and Gov. Pat McCrory. More>>

NC House to consider final Common Core bill

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The North Carolina Legislature is one step away from passage of a bill that repeals the state's Common Core education standards. More>>

New NC Senate offer tries to unravel budget knot

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The latest plan would offer 8 percent average pay raises for teachers but still eliminate funding for teacher assistants for third grade. More>>

Bryant wins GOP bid for Wake DA; Walker takes NC 6th primary

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Bryant wins the GOP nomination for Wake County district attorney, while Mark Walker wins the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. More>>

NC Democrats complain that GOP cut their staff

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House Democrats say Republican counterparts are denying them a full-time employee to manage their legislative operations although similar workers have been funded for the minority party in the past. More>>

McCrory's choice for NC poet laureate irks writers

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Valerie Macon of Fuquay-Varina has been named the state's poet laureate, a choice that annoys some established writers. More>>

Fracking raises concerns about rise of earthquakes

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Oklahoma is seeing a dramatic rise in earthquakes, but one geologist said North Carolina wouldn't have a similar experience. More>>

NC regulators seek to strengthen water quality standards

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North Carolina is looking to pass a tougher law on water quality standards but some watchdog groups say the proposals don't go far enough. More>>

NC House Democrats complain about staffing money

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House Democrats say Republican counterparts are denying them a full-time employee to manage their legislative operations. More>>

NC Senate urged to pass bill on autism therapy

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Advocates for people with autism want state senators to vote on a bill that would extend insurance coverage for autism therapy in North Carolina. More>>

NC voters see runoff primaries in 37 counties Video included

Voters in three dozen North Carolina counties are choosing their party's nominees in a second round of primary elections, mostly for local races including district attorneys, county commissioners and sheriffs. More>>

NC budget talks remain slow on education, Medicaid Video included

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Budget talks puttered along as the House held a public, one-sided negotiations meeting and McCrory tried to keep pressure on senators to trim their teacher pay proposal. More>>

McCrory on governors association executive panel

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is now a member of the executive panel that oversees the National Governors Association. More>>

Tillis departure means new NC speaker in 2015

This year's General Assembly session has coincided with the ramped-up U.S. Senate campaign of House Speaker Thom Tillis. More>>

Tillis gets $1.6M in 2nd quarter for NC Senate bid

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Republican Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate campaign says it had its best fundraising quarter to date, yet it was still less than half of what Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan raised during the second quarter. More>>

Some NC voters face 2nd round of primary elections

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It's a sign of how much is at stake in next week's runoff election and how narrow the expected margin of success is that a Republican congressional election has devolved into one candidate claiming his Facebook page was hacked to make it look like he was fibbing about his education. More>>

Final arguments held in hearing on NC voting laws

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Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that a sweeping overhaul to the state's voting laws will cause irreparable harm if left in place for the November elections. More>>

NC budget meeting canceled until next week

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Another public meeting to keep trying to work out differences between the House and Senate on North Carolina's new budget has been scrapped. More>>

Common Core compromise bill approved by NC Senate

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The Senate voted 33-12 in favor of a compromise measure with the House that its top Senate proponent says would repeal Common Core for the state's K-12 standards.
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McCrory says he'd veto Senate pay plan Video included

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd veto any North Carolina budget plan on his desk that raises teacher pay dramatically like the Senate wants because it would mean huge cuts elsewhere to pay for it. More>>

Report says colleges are not protecting students from sex assault Video included

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A new study says universities are not following existing laws for reporting sexual assaults, which could leave millions of campuses across the country in danger. More>>

Kay Hagan has accepted 3 NC Senate debates

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North Carolina U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has agreed to participate in three debates - fewer than the minimum of 10 that Republican challenger Thom Tillis wanted for their fall campaign. More>>

Chief judge of NC Court of Appeals retiring

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The chief judge of North Carolina's Court of Appeals for more than a decade is stepping down in a few weeks. More>>

McCrory criticizes Senate on budget talks

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Gov. Pat McCrory has criticized the North Carolina Senate for failing to bridge a budget impasse on education and walking out on education leaders during negotiations.
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NC lawmakers back at work after brief walk-out

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During a conference committee meeting to resolves difference about the state budget, North Carolina Senate lawmakers walked out, citing procedural concerns. More>>

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  • NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:46:55 GMT
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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.
    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.
  • State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:10:06 GMT

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

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

  • Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

    Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

    Gov. Pat McCrory (File Photo)Gov. Pat McCrory (File Photo)
    McCrory and Senate Republicans met privately Tuesday as they sought to resolve their differences over budget adjustments supposed to be settled three weeks ago.
    McCrory and Senate Republicans met privately Tuesday as they sought to resolve their differences over budget adjustments supposed to be settled three weeks ago.
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    New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

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