RALEIGH — North Carolina for many years has been a battleground over government-backed broadband services. The issue seemed to be settled in 2011, when the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed the Level Playing Field Law, which severely restricted local governments’ ability to get into the broadband business.

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ROCKINGHAM — A reviving landmark in Richmond County could get a multi-million dollar injection from the state if it survives the budget process.

Gov. Roy Cooper has included $8 million for the Rock Speedway and Entertainment Complex in his $25.2 million budget proposal.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s second State of the State address included plenty of proposals liberals and Democrats cheered. But Republicans and conservatives, who dominate the General Assembly that would put these policies into effect, aren’t likely to embrace many of them.

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RALEIGH — A new debt affordability study for North Carolina could throw cold water on plans by the House and Gov. Roy Cooper to pass a nearly $2 billion bond for public school construction.

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