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Mecklenburg commissioners formally approved a $1.7 billion budget with a 2.35-cent tax rate increase Tuesday night. The board voted 5-4, mostly down party lines, to approve essentially the same budget unofficially approved during last week's straw vote.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe called for a national assault weapons ban on Tuesday, joining a growing number of police chiefs across the country who have said the assault-style weapons should be outlawed. Monroe said he feels strongest
Several board members of the taxpayer-funded N.C. Rural Economic Development Center said this week they are concerned about practices brought to light in a recent News & Observer series and welcome additional oversight. Rural Center leaders,...
BRASILIA, Brazil A Brazilian congressional human rights committee on Thursday approved legislation that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology. The commission is led by evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano of the Social
KINGSTON, Jamaica In a bid to kick start Jamaica's chronically stagnant economy, the Caribbean country is wooing its citizens living abroad to invest in the island of their birth. On Tuesday, hundreds of entrepreneurs and other Jamaican expatriates mingl
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras U.S. senators are urging Secretary of State John Kerry to order a review of aid for Honduras' police and military amid allegations of abuse and human rights violations. The 21 senators want the State Department to provide Congress w
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WASHINGTON President Barack Obama suggested he might not renominate Ben Bernanke for a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, saying the central bank chief has already stayed in the job longer than originally planned. In a PBS interview that aire
Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders say “outsiders” are stirring up trouble by protesting at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Now, arrest records, in-the-field research and statewide polling suggest McCrory and the GOP...
A legislative effort to slash the state's energy-efficiency requirements for new buildings gained crucial support in a Senate committee Tuesday. The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill that would roll back energy-efficiency requirements of new offi
RALEIGH A bill to transfer control and ownership of Charlotte's airport from the city to a new, independent authority is scheduled to be taken up by a House committee on Wednesday, but a main sponsor told the Observer that he doesn't expect any action. R
RALEIGH Charlotte is lobbying against the state Senate's tax reform bill, saying it will cost the city at least $31 million a year in lost revenue and possibly require a property tax increase. Cities and towns could lose nearly $150 million in revenues w
By Rick Bonnell email@example.com So here's Maryland center Alex Len's sales pitch to be a top pick in the June 27 NBA draft: “I'm 7-1, 7-2 with shoes, I'm pretty agile and I can step out on the floor and shoot. That makes me a...
SAO PAULO Protesters surrounding the city hall of Brazil's biggest city have clashed with police when a small group of demonstrators tried to force their way into the building. GloboNews television network showed images of protesters in Sao Paulo using m
In response to “S.C. to require CO alarms for many hotels” (June 18): Require carbon monoxide alarms in more than hotels For less than $50, a carbon monoxide detector would've prevented the death of Jeffrey Lee Williams....
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