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Saturday February 4th

Jennifer Hagin and Jennifer Samuels


N.C. House Passes Plan to Raise Taxes

Before the plan passes, the Senate says it must protect working families, education, and state residents' futures. The N.C. House passed a tax plan Thursday morning that brought members one step closer to crafting a state budget and ending months of deadlock. The tax plan would give local governments the ability to raise the sales tax by a half of a cent, create a higher tax bracket for the wealthy and use other methods to generate an estimated $391 million in additional tax revenue. The extra funds will help ease a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

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Helms' Departure Leaves '02 Senate Race Wide Open

Jesse Helms' announcement Wednesday night that he will not run for a sixth term has sent potential candidates and political leaders into a frenzy looking for a candidate to replace North Carolina's longest-serving senator. While few candidates officially have announced their intention to seek the Senate seat, the list of possible names has doubled since Helms' announcement, with a slew of Republican candidates being mentioned as a potential replacement for the man often called "Senator No."

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