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Hospital Closure

Martin County Commissioners amended the local Martin General Hospital’s lease during a Wednesday evening meeting and will close the obstetrics (OB) unit on October 21, 2019.

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Opioid Lawsuit

Attorney General Josh Stein said Wednesday that he’s not satisfied with a proposed settlement agreement with Perdue Pharma in lawsuits over the opioid epidemic, and he plans to directly sue the family that owns the company.

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Bishop Victory

Just 10 months ago, Democrat Dan McCready easily won Robeson County, racking up a margin of almost 5,000 votes in a county that hadn’t elected its first Republican until a few years ago.

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Drilling Ban

The U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida’s west coast.

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Senate Plans

The Senate won’t turn its attention back to the state budget this week despite the House’s surprise vote Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said.

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Gag Order

Attorneys for the city of Greensboro have filed an appeal with the N.C. Supreme Court over a lower court’s ruling that city officials could watch but not publicly discuss police videos of a controversial 2016 arrest.

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Mini-Budgets

While all eyes were transfixed on the abrupt override vote on the state budget, both the House and Senate passed four more mini-budget bills that would fund priorities that have broad support in the General Assembly, even if the budget doesn’t become law.

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Redistricting Process

Senators spent Wednesday afternoon working on tweaks to the chamber’s base redistricting map, as some sought to avoid getting double-bunked while others considered different changes.

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Lowe Incident

Sen. Paul Lowe, D-Forsyth, has apologized after a Policy Watch reporter said the senator assaulted him and hurled his phone in the hallway of the Legislative Building Wednesday morning.

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Aquarium Expansion

About $5 million intended for Hurricane Florence disaster relief may instead be used to enhance one of Southeast North Carolina’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Veto Override

In a surprise move Wednesday morning, the N.C. House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget with just over half of the 120 members present to vote.

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ARC Initiative

Targeting some of the epicenters of the national opioid epidemic, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a plan to revitalize the workforce in communities ravaged by addiction.

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Troxler Visit

After a two-day survey of crops in coastal counties, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said tobacco was hit hardest in Hurricane Dorian.

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Wake School Suit

A parent being sued over his opposition to Wake County’s high school math curriculum charges in new legal documents that the defamation lawsuit is an attempt to chill free speech rights.

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DSS Investigation

The State Bureau of Investigation is continuing to look into possible felonies at Cherokee County’s Department of Social Services, nearly a year and a half after its investigation began.

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Asheville Resignation

Newly hired Asheville police chief Chris Bailey has resigned, citing personal reasons.

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Perquimans Voting

Perquimans County voters in East Hertford Precinct who normally cast their ballot at the county courthouse were instead directed on election day to vote at Louise’s Event Center because the chief judge for the courthouse precinct “backed out” of the job, the county elections director said.

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Dixie Classic

The debate continues over a new name for the Dixie Classic Fair.

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