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NC Senate leader expects budget votes this week after deal reached

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Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says he expects members of the General Assembly to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the week. Committee members reached agreement this weekend on teacher pay raises, teaching assistant positions and funding Medicaid, which have been the three major sticking points in negotiations.

NC Senate passes bill to reform Medicaid, bill goes to House

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State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed.

Hagan's lead grows over Tillis in new PPP poll of Senate race

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Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story.

Rouzer has cash lead in NC7 race over Barfield, Casteen

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Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina. 

Senate committee approves coal ash bill despite Duke Energy objections

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A state Senate committee on Tuesday gave approval to a coal ash bill mandating clean up deadlines for Duke Energy's coal ash ponds across North Carolina. Click the link inside the story to read the text of the bill.

NC House budget gets money to Eugenics victims sooner than expected

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A proposal inside the state House spending plan could bring compensation to victims of North Carolina's Eugenics program months earlier than they expected. The proposal could free up funding as early as October of 2014, instead of waiting until July of 2015. Click on the link inside this story to read the full proposal.

Teacher raises included in NC House $21 billion spending plan

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Members of the state House on Tuesday introduced a $21 billion budget proposal Tuesday morning, which increases teacher pay but includes no mention of film incentives, which are set to run out at the end of the year. Click on the link inside the story to see the entire proposal.

Anti-Tillis ad taped during primary election night party

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The first post-primary political ad of the Senate campaign in North Carolina appears as if it was taped while GOP candidate Thom Tillis was giving his victory address.

NC7 candidates release fundraising totals for 1st quarter

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Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election.

Legislative analysts say film-industry study is incorrect

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A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives create positive returns.

Check your lawmaker's effectiveness, attendance and voting record

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The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research used several parameters to rank the most effective members of the state House and Senate for their work done in the 2013 session.

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  • Lee replacing McComas as new Chairman of State Ports Authority Board

    Lee replacing McComas as new Chairman of State Ports Authority Board

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    WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Woody White is planning a news conference for Thursday to criticize his opponent in the District 7 GOP primary, David Rouzer, for holding a fundraiser with a known Democratic lobbyist. In
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    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:20:18 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
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    President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
    President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before...
  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:47:27 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.
    The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election...
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