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Florida Legislator Introduces Bill To Prevent "Goat Rape"

Updated: 03/18/2009 - A Florida State Senator is putting forward a bill that would make it a third degree felony to have sex with an animal. It's an issue that has gained attention after a series of goat rapes in the Florida Panhandle.

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Obama Going With Tar Heels To Win It All

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Barack Obama is picking North Carolina to defeat Louisville for the NCAA championship, a relatively safe pick for a trailblazing president.

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Private School Aid Proposal

Posted: 03/18/2009 - Republican legislators believe North Carolina could save money on public education by giving a $2,500 annual tax credit to most families who send their children to private schools.

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More Feds Headed To Border To Quell Drug Violence

Posted: 03/18/2009 - Seeking to stanch the flow of drugs, guns and violence saturating the Mexico-U.S. border, the Obama administration is preparing to send more federal agents as reinforcements.

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Bush Says It's 'Essential' To Help Obama

Posted: 03/18/2009 - Former President George W. Bush, making his first public speech since leaving office in January, says he wants Barack Obama to succeed and that it's "essential" to support the new leader.

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Analysis: AIG Bonuses Put Cloud Over Treasury Boss

Posted: 03/18/2009 - If not distancing itself from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the White House is placing firmly on his shoulders responsibility for how the government handled the $165 million in bonuses paid to about 400 executives and traders at American International Group Inc.

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Sources: US To Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration

Posted: 03/18/2009 - The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

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Obama Fills Out Final Four Brackets

Posted: 03/17/2009 - President Barack Obama's NCAA bracket has Louisville, North Carolina, Memphis and Pittsburgh in his Final Four.

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Reaction To Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase

Updated: 03/18/2009 - A big part of Governor Beverly Perdue's budget is her proposal to raise cigarette taxes by $1.00 per pack to $1.35 and a five-percent tax surcharge on alcohol.

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Perdue Budget Targets Inefficient Prisons

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Gov. Beverly Perdue's downsized state budget takes another shot at closing small, inefficient prisons officials have been trying to close for at least 16 years.

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Budget Preview: Cigarette Tax Could Soar

Posted: 03/17/2009 - The Associated Press has reviewed a copy of Gov. Perdue's proposed state budget, which includes increasing taxes on packs of cigarettes by $1.

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Perdue To Release Budget Tuesday

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Gov. Beverly Perdue says protecting education and creating jobs in North Carolina are her top priorities in the proposed state budget she'll release.

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Liberal Activists Target CNBC

Posted: 03/16/2009 - Some liberal political activists and economists are seizing on comedian Jon Stewart's attacks of CNBC to push an online petition drive urging the network to be tougher on Wall Street leaders

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Obama Says US Economy Sound, Reassures Investors

Posted: 03/15/2009 - President Barack Obama on Saturday downplayed divisions between the U.S. and Europe over how to tackle the world's financial crisis and said China should have "absolute confidence" that its sizable investments in the United States are safe.

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SC Gov. Sanford Set To Reject Stimulus Millions

Posted: 03/13/2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been the leading voice among Republican governors who have criticized President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus plan as a pork-laden boondoggle that will plunge the country further into debt.

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Advocates Worry Obama Easing Human Rights Stand

Posted: 03/13/2009 - Advocates fear the Obama administration may be putting the human rights issue on the back burner to focus instead on coping with the global economic crisis and national security.

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