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Eyes on the sky: N.C. policymakers ready to capitalize on the economic potential of commercial drone use (access required)

Eyes on the sky: N.C. policymakers ready to capitalize on the economic potential of commercial drone use <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Some people hear the word “drone” and imagine militarized aircraft on combat operations too risky for human involvement. Others see dollar signs. In hopes of encouraging the latter, the North Carolina General Assembly recently approved new regulations regarding drone use. ...

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NC lawmakers to look at federal health care law (access required)

RALEIGH — Republicans in the General Assembly have been hostile to the federal health care overhaul for years. Now, their leaders are convening a committee to examine the law’s effects upon North Carolina’s economy and insurance market. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, ...

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No more bare breasts for crunchy Asheville? (access required)

Topless protests are bad for business and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce wants North Carolina lawmakers to address the problem. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Chamber President Kit Cramer told the paper she doesn’t care how the issue gets fixed, ...

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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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McCrory may benefit from vetoes no matter outcome

Republicans leading the General Assembly and the executive branch find themselves in an intraparty tug-of-war over relatively low-key legislation that may reveal who's got political strength in Raleigh and let Gov. Pat McCrory display some independence. The legislature reconvenes Tuesday to consider whether to override two McCrory vetoes on bills requiring government drug testing of some welfare applicants and broadening exceptions for employers required to confirm whether new employees can work in the country.

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13 to watch in ’13: REBIC and Raleigh (access required)

13 to watch in ’13: REBIC and Raleigh <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

You’re either fer it, or you’re agin it, as they say in the mountains of western North Carolina, and that’s true of possible legislation that REBIC will either back or oppose this year on the other end of the state in Raleigh, where the state legislature is in session.

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