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Workers installed beams in late April for a new bridge over I-77 near LaSalle Street near uptown Charlotte.
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Two state transportation policy changes — affecting light rail projects and the I-77 toll lanes — could become law as part of the state budget that passed the legislature Friday.  

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The North Carolina Senate is expected to take a final vote on the $24 billion state budget today.  The House will take up the plan today as well.  The budget, which includes a 6.5 percent average raise for teachers among other items, would take effect July 1.

North Carolina legislators have taken another step toward redrawing judicial election districts, although the changes would only apply in Mecklenburg County.  A Senate elections committee Tuesday voted to create eight identical election districts for the county’s superior and district court seats.  Voters in each district ultimately would elect one Superior Court judge and two or three District Court judges.   

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Republican state lawmakers have released their proposed adjustments to the current two-year North Carolina budget.

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Ninth district Congressman Robert Pittenger wants an apology from Mark Harris before endorsing him in the general election.

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The Charlotte City Council likely won't approve an agreement to redevelop the vacant Eastland Mall site until at least next February. That's in a timetable approved Thursday by the council's economic development subcommittee.

A 1,000-room hotel could be built uptown, if the city council agrees to use tax dollars to help subsidize it. That pitch was made to city council members Monday night.

North Carolina democrats laid out their legislative priorities for the upcoming short session, and a plan they hope will win them votes in this year's mid-term elections to break the republican veto-proof majority in the General Assembly.

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As Garry McFadden gets ready to take over the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warning for him. If McFadden follows through on a campaign promise to end the county’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program, there could be ramped up activity on the part of ICE.

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Tuesday's primaries included some big upsets. Mark Harris beat Republican 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger by 814 votes in the primary. Five Republican state lawmakers won’t get another term, although Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop pulled out a primary win in his southern Mecklenburg district. And Mecklenburg County Democratic incumbents - state Sen. Joel Ford and Rep. Rodney Moore were defeated. 

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