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State ready to go on building repair binge (access required)

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration has decided how it wants to spend millions of dollars to repair and renovate North Carolina government buildings after years of budget pinching. The state budget office described Monday how it wants to spend $90 million the General Assembly earmarked to improve state agency buildings. Lawmakers also voted this year to allocate $60 million to fix University of North Carolina system buildings.

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New NC laws taking effect Oct. 1 (access required)

New laws taking effect Tuesday in North Carolina include prohibition on filing civil actions based on health problems related to food and drink consumption; criminal backround checks for recipients of federal benefits; expanded punishments for sex criminals; and the requirement that carbon monoxide detectors be placed in hotel and motel rooms.

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New protections for struggling Nevada homeowners (access required)

A new Homeowner's Bill of Rights, SB 321, aims to eliminate the runaround some homeowners got from banks by requiring lenders to assign homeowners a single person to contact. It bans dual-tracking, in which a bank pursues a foreclosure at the same time a homeowner is working on a short sale. And it eliminates "arm's length" rules, in which banks barred people from buying distressed properties from their relatives or other close associates.

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IKEA starts selling solar panels for homes (access required)

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company started selling solar panels made by China's Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

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Federal government to sue North Carolina over new voter law

WASHINGTON  — The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part ...

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