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NC Senate budget-writer Brunstetter to resign (access required)

RALEIGH — A key budget-writer in the North Carolina state Senate said Thursday he’s leaving the General Assembly next month to become a top executive at a large hospital system. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, said he’ll resign effective Dec. 15 ...

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McCrory: Frontloading teacher raises among options (access required)

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory says his administration is looking at many options to bolster North Carolina public school teacher pay, including front-loading raises toward new teachers and increases based on instructional performance or in-demand fields. McCrory made the comments Thursday as ...

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More than 50 new laws in NC include abortion, guns (access required)

North Carolina concealed weapon permit holders will have more leeway to bring their handguns into bars and restaurants and onto school and university property starting Tuesday as all or portions of more than 50 laws approved earlier this year are carried out. Other new laws set for Oct. 1 enactment by the General Assembly will place additional rules on abortions, require new consumer protections when they're billed by hospitals and doctors, and demand higher fees for boat licensing.

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McCrory seeks to retool community college funding (access required)

Tinkering with how to calculate state money North Carolina's community colleges receive has left many campuses this fall with fewer instructors, larger classes and reduced services for students seeking skills to build careers. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill that contained a provision changing the base funding formula for the 58 colleges have used since 1999. McCrory recommended such a change in his own budget proposal, and legislative leaders essentially went along with it.

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