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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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McCrory Communications Chief Steps Down

Posted: 02/02/2013 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's communications director says he's leaving the job after only three months in Raleigh because of family concerns.

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Pittsboro Mayor Elected NC Democratic Chairman

Updated: 02/02/2013 - Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller is the new chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, barely turning back a last-minute push by former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge.

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Obama Offers Faith Groups New Birth Control Rule

Posted: 02/02/2013 - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

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More Camp Lejeune Troops Return Home

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Hundreds of Marines and Sailors stationed right here in the east made it home Thursday night after a six-month deployment.

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Senate To Clear Debt Limit Increase For Obama

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The Senate is poised today to allow the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, putting off one Washington showdown even as others loom in coming weeks.

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Clinton Supporters Form Super PAC In Case She Runs

Updated: 01/30/2013 - Some grass-roots supporters of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have formed a super PAC to help a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 — even though Clinton says she hasn't decided her plans.

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McCrory Staff Salaries On Track To Be Lower Than Perdue's

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The governor's office provided this week a list of 38 people working there since McCrory was sworn in Jan. 5. A McCrory spokeswoman says the figures show he's on track to spend less than Democratic predecessor Beverly Perdue.

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House Speaker Talks About 2013 Session

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The leader of the North Carolina House says focusing on government efficiencies and fixing the state's indebted unemployment insurance system will free up money so businesses can create jobs and vulnerable citizens are cared for.

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Israel A No-Show At UN Human Rights Review

Updated: 01/29/2013 - Israel became the first nation to skip a U.N. review of its human rights record without giving a reason, leaving diplomats scrambling to figure out how to respond Tuesday.

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Senate Approves Kerry As Secretary Of State

Updated: 01/29/2013 - The vote Tuesday was 94-3. One senator - Kerry - voted present and accepted congratulations from colleagues on the Senate floor. The roll call came just hours after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the man who has led the panel for the past four years.

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New D.A. Appointed For Pitt County

Updated: 01/28/2013 - Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Kimberly Robb as District Attorney for Pitt County to take over for the retiring Clark Everett.

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NC Legislators Offered Tax Overhaul Options

Posted: 01/28/2013 - A Washington-based conservative-leaning think tank is providing options to North Carolina elected officials on how to overhaul the tax system so that it says the state's tax climate would improve significantly.

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