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MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:58:24

Driver's Education

As legislators work toward a budget agreement by next week, negotiators said Thursday that they want to tweak driver's ed programs and ensure that a deal to fund teacher assistants will last several years.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:55:11

Gay Marriage

More than 30 magistrates in North Carolina have refused to perform weddings since a law went into effect allowing officials to refrain from conducting marriage-related activities.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:54:25

Primary Plan

Lawmakers in the Senate were surprised when the House voted Wednesday to hold off on agreement with a much-discussed plan to create two primary elections -- the presidential primary in March and the statewide races in May.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:53:44

Worker Bonus

Democratic Rep. Graig Meyer blasted Republicans for offering state workers a $750 one-time bonus instead of a larger raise, saying the budget decision will allow the GOP to approve a much bigger raise ahead of next year's election.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:52:59

Charlotte Douglas

More than 2 1/2 years after a struggle over control of Charlotte's airport began, the fight is in limbo, and the new airport commission's lawyers still haven't been paid.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:52:21

SAT Scores

North Carolina's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but new SAT results released Thursday show that scores on the college admissions exam are down from where they were last year and a decade ago.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:51:45


Mooresville attorney George Rouco, the son of Cuban immigrants and a former CIA officer, announced Thursday that he'll run against U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger in next spring's Republican primary to represent the state's 9th Congressional District.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:51:06


The campaigns of Gov. Pat McCrory and challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper ramped up fundraising pleas to reach August targets over the weekend, keeping a watchful eye on raising enough money over the next 15 months for what will be an expensive battle for governor.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:50:21

Endorsement Video

A video in which Gov. Pat McCrory endorses a political fundraising firm that worked on his unsuccessful 2008 gubernatorial campaign could raise conflict-of-interest issues.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:49:46


The head of the NAACP says protecting the right to vote is worth marching hundreds of miles through North Carolina and other Southern states on the way to Washington, D.C.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:49:04

Richardson Appointments

House Speaker Tim Moore on Thursday morning announced the legislative committee appointments for newly seated Rep. Billy Richardson of Fayetteville.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:48:28

Confederate Marker

Hillsborough passed its final hurdle Wednesday to removing the words "Confederate Memorial" from the Orange County Historical Museum.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:47:51

10-Gigabit Service

Salisbury's municipally owned utility announced Thursday that 10 gigabit-per-second Internet service would be available throughout the city, starting at Catawba College.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:47:12

Terminal Groin

As the Figure Eight Island homeowners association continues its years-long push to bring a terminal groin to the island, other locals are shoving back.

MODIFIED: 09/03/15 23:46:37


"Every time we seem to move forward, we seem to hit a speed bump."
Rep. Chuck McGrady, on slow budget negotiations.

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