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State Jobless Insurance Fix Nears Final Passage

Posted: 02/12/2013 - The Republican plan to eliminate more quickly the $2.5 billion North Carolina owes the federal government for unemployment benefits is now just one step away from Gov. Pat McCrory's desk and his likely signature after a vote in the state Senate.

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McCrory Opposes State Run Health Exchange

Posted: 02/12/2013 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he does not think the state is ready to run health exchanges called for in the Affordable Care Act.

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US Labor Chief Speaks Out On NC Unemployment Bill

Posted: 02/11/2013 - The U.S. Labor Department is entering the debate at the North Carolina General Assembly about the state unemployment insurance program overhaul that could be on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk this week.

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NC Senators File Fracking, Atlantic Drilling Bill

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Permits for companies to perform a form of underground natural gas exploration in North Carolina could begin in March 2015 in a bill offered by Senate Republicans.

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Firing Appointees Latest Tool From State Lawmakers

Posted: 02/10/2013 - Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly keep creating more tools they say will help new Gov. Pat McCrory make his mark. But it's unclear how much he's benefiting from the assistance.

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New N.C. ABC Commission Members In Place

Updated: 02/08/2013 - McCrory announced Friday that Kevin Green of Greensboro and Joel Keith of Wake Forest have joined the three-member board, which regulates how alcohol is sold and distributed in the state.

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Bush Family Emails, Photos Apparently Hacked

Posted: 02/08/2013 - A criminal investigation is under way after a hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family.

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Ex-US Envoy: $17M French Ransom Funded Al-Qaida

Posted: 02/08/2013 - A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site -- cash she said ultimately funded the al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting.

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McCrory-Backed High School Bill Passes NC Senate

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The state Senate has made quick work of legislation supported by Gov. Pat McCrory to create new kinds of high school diplomas and course plans that emphasize vocational or career paths that don't require four-year college degrees.

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State Lawmakers Introduce Possum Drop Bill

Posted: 02/05/2013 - A bipartisan group of North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give the state the explicit authority to allow the organizer of a New Year's Eve Possum Drop to use a live animal.

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NC Senate OKs Bill To Block Expanded Medicaid

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The North Carolina state Senate has given its initial OK to legislation that would block expansion of Medicaid under the health care overhaul and let the federal government build the state's health insurance exchange.

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Conservatives Make Gun Issue New Rallying Cry

Posted: 02/03/2013 - An immigration debate is raging and a budget crisis looms in Congress, but the conservative activists gathered outside the New Hampshire Statehouse had just one thing on their minds: guns.

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GOP Senators Vow To Block Consumer Office Nominee

Posted: 02/02/2013 - Renewing a 3-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans say they will oppose President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the office created after the 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown is significantly changed.

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