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  • NC survey shows Hagan with narrow US Senate lead

    NC survey shows Hagan with narrow US Senate lead

    Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)
    A survey of North Carolina likely voters shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holding a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis roughly two months from Election Day.
    A survey of North Carolina likely voters shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holding a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis roughly two months from Election Day.
  • NAACP planning voting rights rally in Wilmington

    NAACP planning voting rights rally in Wilmington

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-09-15 10:59:45 GMT
    The North Carolina NAACP is planning a rally in Wilmington to call attention to voting rights
    The North Carolina NAACP is planning a rally in Wilmington to call attention to voting rights
  • Groups aiming to help NC legislative Democrats

    Groups aiming to help NC legislative Democrats

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:52:20 GMT
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    Groups in the shadow of traditional campaigns are poised to once again attempt to influence N.C. General Assembly races through ads and mailers bought with millions of dollars largely from companies and politically-minded organizations.
    Groups in the shadow of traditional campaigns are poised to once again attempt to influence N.C. General Assembly races through ads and mailers bought with millions of dollars largely from companies and politically-minded organizations.
  • NC courts sort voucher law, students stay in class

    NC courts sort voucher law, students stay in class

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:12:58 GMT
    A North Carolina appeals court could rule as early as this week whether nearly $11 million in taxpayer money should pay tuition for hundreds of low-income children to enroll in private schools.
    A North Carolina appeals court could rule as early as this week whether nearly $11 million in taxpayer money should pay tuition for hundreds of low-income children to enroll in private schools.
  • McCrory says he won't call NC special session

    McCrory says he won't call NC special session

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:19:04 GMT
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    Gov. Pat McCrory says he won't ask North Carolina legislators to return to Raleigh to consider legislation left behind by this year's General Assembly session.
    Gov. Pat McCrory says he won't ask North Carolina legislators to return to Raleigh to consider legislation left behind by this year's General Assembly session.
  • AG Roy Cooper calls Republicans 'extremists'

    AG Roy Cooper calls Republicans 'extremists'

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:15:19 GMT
    Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking the Democratic nomination to run in 2016 against McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke for more than 28 years.Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking the Democratic nomination to run in 2016 against McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke for more than 28 years.
    Attorney General Roy Cooper says the next gubernatorial election will be a time for Democrats to take the state back from what he called "extremists."
    Attorney General Roy Cooper says the next gubernatorial election will be a time for Democrats to take the state back from what he called "extremists."
  • Hagan, Tillis support US airstrikes

    Hagan, Tillis support US airstrikes

    Thursday, September 11 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-09-11 18:57:14 GMT
    Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis largely support the plan President Barack Obama outlined to expand military airstrikes and help forces fight the Islamic State militant group.
    Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis largely support the plan President Barack Obama outlined to expand military airstrikes and help forces fight the Islamic State militant group.
  • Hagan, Aiken to speak at state AFL-CIO convention

    Hagan, Aiken to speak at state AFL-CIO convention

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-09-11 08:54:24 GMT
    Clay Aiken files for Congress on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.Clay Aiken files for Congress on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
    Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and congressional candidate Clay Aiken are among the scheduled speakers at the annual convention of the state AFL-CIO in Raleigh.
    Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and congressional candidate Clay Aiken are among the scheduled speakers at the annual convention of the state AFL-CIO in Raleigh.
  • Media outlets plan NC Senate debate without Hagan

    Media outlets plan NC Senate debate without Hagan

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:41:06 GMT
    Hagan's campaign has confirmed she doesn't plan to participate.Hagan's campaign has confirmed she doesn't plan to participate.
    A television news outlet and North Carolina's two largest newspapers will hold a debate next month in the U.S. Senate race even if Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan doesn't participate.
    A television news outlet and North Carolina's two largest newspapers will hold a debate next month in the U.S. Senate race even if Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan doesn't participate.
  • NC health officials highlight Medicaid finances

    NC health officials highlight Medicaid finances

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:51:01 GMT
    Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos
    North Carolina health officials are celebrating a positive cash balance within the state Medicaid agency for the most recent fiscal year. 
    North Carolina health officials are celebrating a positive cash balance within the state Medicaid agency for the most recent fiscal year. 
  • Appeals court sets quick date on NC voting law

    Appeals court sets quick date on NC voting law

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:06:00 GMT
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    A federal appeals court decided Tuesday to hasten arguments in a case challenging a tough, new North Carolina voting law that critics say will suppress minority voter turnout in November.
    A federal appeals court decided Tuesday to hasten arguments in a case challenging a tough, new North Carolina voting law that critics say will suppress minority voter turnout in November.
  • Hagan, Tillis race could hinge on women

    Hagan, Tillis race could hinge on women

    Monday, September 8 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-09-08 23:18:10 GMT
    Both Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are trying to appeal to women in their North Carolina Senate race.
    Both Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are trying to appeal to women in their North Carolina Senate race.
  • Hagan, Tillis test new lines in debate

    Hagan, Tillis test new lines in debate

    Sunday, September 7 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-08 02:11:13 GMT
    Hagan and Tillis are locked in a close race for a North Carolina Senate seat.
    Hagan and Tillis are locked in a close race for a North Carolina Senate seat.
  • Race between Aiken, Ellmers for 2nd District heating up

    Race between Aiken, Ellmers for 2nd District heating up

    Friday, September 5 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-09-05 21:55:31 GMT
    The race between "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and GOP imcumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District is heating up.The race between "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and GOP imcumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District is heating up.
    The race between "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and GOP incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District is heating up.
    The race between "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and GOP incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District is heating up.
  • Business owner opposes raising minimum wage

    Business owner opposes raising minimum wage

    Thursday, September 4 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-09-04 22:31:35 GMT
    “This is my dream,” said Ronnie Massey.“This is my dream,” said Ronnie Massey.
    A Clayton business owner says raising the minimum wage would make him think twice about hiring.
    A Clayton business owner says raising the minimum wage would make him think twice about hiring.
  • Tillis, Hagan clash in opening Senate debate

    Tillis, Hagan clash in opening Senate debate

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-04 02:14:15 GMT
    Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina is accusing Republican challenger Thom Tillis of taking the state backward by supporting tax cuts over help for students and women.
    Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina is accusing Republican challenger Thom Tillis of taking the state backward by supporting tax cuts over help for students and women.
  • Tillis, Hagan gear up for 1st NC Senate debate

    Tillis, Hagan gear up for 1st NC Senate debate

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-09-03 18:46:59 GMT
    Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)
    North Carolina's leading U.S. Senate candidates finally meet in person to trade barbs live on statewide television.
    North Carolina's leading U.S. Senate candidates finally meet in person to trade barbs live on statewide television.
  • Raleigh political ad producer says negative ads work

    Raleigh political ad producer says negative ads work

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:09:18 GMT
    The Senate race between Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis has its share of negative ads produced by third parties.
    The Senate race between Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis has its share of negative ads produced by third parties.
  • Hagan, Tillis tied in Senate race, new data shows

    Hagan, Tillis tied in Senate race, new data shows

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:08:25 GMT
    Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)
    As Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis prepare to debate Wednesday night, new data shows the race is tight.
    As Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis prepare to debate Wednesday night, new data shows the race is tight.
  • NC Democrats offer alternative to coal ash plan

    NC Democrats offer alternative to coal ash plan

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-05-28 20:32:01 GMT
    Tanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan RiverTanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan River
    A group of Democrats in the North Carolina House has introduced a bill that would forbid Duke Energy from passing the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps on to its electricity customers.
    A group of Democrats in the North Carolina House has introduced a bill that would forbid Duke Energy from passing the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps on to its electricity customers.
  • McCrory counsel: Cooper has politicized coal ash

    McCrory counsel: Cooper has politicized coal ash

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-03-25 20:34:12 GMT
    McCrory Chief Legal Counsel Bob Stephens says Cooper has complicated the issue by using Duke's massive coal ash spill to raise money for his campaign.
    McCrory Chief Legal Counsel Bob Stephens says Cooper has complicated the issue by using Duke's massive coal ash spill to raise money for his campaign.
  • Tweak to NC law protected Duke's coal ash pits

    Tweak to NC law protected Duke's coal ash pits

    Monday, March 17 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-03-17 23:13:48 GMT
    Editor's note: This story is developing and will be updatedAfter a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke Energy to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across North Carolina,
    A change in a regulatory reform bill could help Duke Energy avoid some costly cleanup costs.
  • Authoritative NC Manual trying to stay alive

    Authoritative NC Manual trying to stay alive

    Sunday, January 12 2014 5:50 PM EST2014-01-12 22:50:37 GMT
    The public more often uses Google to learn the names of their current representatives, recent election results or the official state flower.
    The public more often uses Google to learn the names of their current representatives, recent election results or the official state flower.
  • Competing NC tax overhaul bills discussed

    Competing NC tax overhaul bills discussed

    Thursday, May 30 2013 11:16 AM EDT2013-05-30 15:16:45 GMT
    House and Senate Republicans are providing more details about their competing plans to overhaul North Carolina's tax system.
    House and Senate Republicans are providing more details about their competing plans to overhaul North Carolina's tax system.
  • Humane Society, NC Chamber differ on bill's intent

    Humane Society, NC Chamber differ on bill's intent

    Tuesday, May 28 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-29 00:08:27 GMT
    An animal protection group is running a television ad opposing a bill they say would make it harder to uncover animal abuse with whistleblower videos at North Carolina companies.
    An animal protection group is running a television ad opposing a bill they say would make it harder to uncover animal abuse with whistleblower videos at North Carolina companies.
  • Senate Republicans moving NC budget to House

    Senate Republicans moving NC budget to House

    Thursday, May 23 2013 4:17 AM EDT2013-05-23 08:17:42 GMT
    Senate Republicans are about ready to hand off their North Carolina state budget proposal to their counterparts in the House.
    Senate Republicans are about ready to hand off their North Carolina state budget proposal to their counterparts in the House.
  • Tata will get 2 salaries as DOT chief

    Tata will get 2 salaries as DOT chief

    Tony Tata will be the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
    Tony Tata will be the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
  • White House outlines budget cuts impact on NC

    White House outlines budget cuts impact on NC

    Monday, February 25 2013 6:53 AM EST2013-02-25 11:53:56 GMT
    Governor Pat McCrory is in Washington, along with other governors, meeting with President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss budget cuts with the governors Monday.
    Governor Pat McCrory is in Washington, along with other governors, meeting with President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss budget cuts with the governors Monday.
  • Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week

    Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week

    Monday, January 28 2013 9:28 AM EST2013-01-28 14:28:09 GMT
    Community leaders and advocates for the unemployed are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum employment benefit of $350 weekly that lawmakers are considering. Challenge sponsor
    Community leaders and advocates for the unemployed are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum employment benefit of $350 weekly that lawmakers are considering. 
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