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UPDATED: NC Democrats want long-term jobless aid revived (access required)

RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday she’s pushing North Carolina to rejoin the rest of the states to help the long-term unemployed with emergency unemployment benefits. But Republican legislative leaders – including one who wants to unseat her this fall – ...

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UPDATED: NC Supreme Court ponders legality of redistricting (access required)

RALEIGH — The validity of North Carolina’s legislative and congressional maps is back in the hands of the state Supreme Court as attorneys argued Monday whether the boundaries comply with federal and state laws and previous court opinions. The court’s seven justices offered ...

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NC Democrats seek Hagan win, legislative seats (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats sapped of ruling power in  state government over the past three years are cautiously optimistic their fortunes will improve in 2014, thanks to what they describe as poor Republican policy decisions in Raleigh. Party leaders and organizers say ...

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NC plans business recruiting to be more like sales (access required)

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is moving to privatize parts of the public agency that woos companies and jobs to North Carolina, hoping to make business recruitment more agile and effective. The revamp would motivate business recruiters in the same way ...

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NC, SC populations keep growing (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina and South Carolina keep growing at a strong clip. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday its national and state-by-state population estimates. It projected North Carolina’s population at nearly 9.85 million people as of July 1. That’s an increase of almost 100,000 people compared ...

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NC firm hopes to improve blight with towers (access required)

CHAPEL HILL  — Chapel Hill-based Eco-Site Inc. wants to give blighted properties in urban areas a second chance as wireless communication tower sites. The approximately year-old company, which received an $80 million equity financing commitment last year, is looking to ...

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Obama reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews (access required)

RALEIGH — President Barack Obama’s decision a month ago that allowed people to keep insurance policies once slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul has received a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers. In pitching the overhaul, ...

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House foe of health overhaul from N.C. still top GOP target (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Listen carefully when Republicans say they can blame almost every House Democrat for the flaws of the health care overhaul. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., is the exception. He’s never voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s signature health ...

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Pastor, doctor take on NC speaker in US Senate bid (access required)

RALEIGH — With Democrat Kay Hagan already targeted in hostile ads for supporting the federal health care overhaul, North Carolina Republicans face a choice: Do they opt for a powerful state legislator, a tea party champion or a staunch social conservative to challenge ...

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