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Edwards Is Democrats' Best Bet

What in "Tar-nation" is John Edwards going to do? For the longest time I assumed this guy had all the guile of a milk-cow, but we could be dealing with North Carolina's very own artful dodger. The question of whether our junior senator is going to pursue the Democratic presidential nomination still remains up in the air. But after following Edwards for some time, I now trust that John-boy will run. A little bit of advice for Al Gore (or Joe Lieberman), John Kerry, Tom Daschle, and all the rest -- beware.

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NCAA Considers New Standards

Officials in the National Collegiate Athletic Association are considering a series of tougher academic standards for incoming athletes. The new standards were proposed Thursday by the Management Council of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. Management Council member Jack Evans said the only approved change is the increase in core high school courses required for athletes entering college.

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Basnight Names Senate Members To Study Group

Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, recently made five appointments to a legislative commission that will examine the structure of the UNC-system Board of Governors. Legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in December provided for the 10-member UNC Board of Governors Study Commission.

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Funds Cut Domestic Violence Cost

Domestic violence prevention programs that receive federal funding are cost-effective, according to a study that was conducted by a doctoral student in UNC's School of Public Health and has gained national attention. The study indicates that the $1.6 billion dispensed by the federal government between 1995 and 2000 under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 has reduced costs associated with domestic violence by about $14.8 billion. The act is designed to fund domestic violence prevention programs, which are then able to reduce the cost of medical, police and court expenditures.

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BOG: Professional Schools May Still See Hikes

State officials expressed skepticism Monday about some UNC-Chapel Hill administrators' claims that a recently approved out-of-state student tuition increase will hinder professional schools' competitiveness. The UNC-system Board of Governors voted March 6 to increase tuition 12 percent systemwide for out-of-state students and 8 percent for in-state students, the largest out-of-state increase the BOG has ever approved. The hike still must be approved by the N.C.

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Pundits: Campaign Finance Bill to Change Little

The potential benefits of the campaign finance reform bill that passed the Senate last week have not enthused many political experts. But some pundits say the legislation could indirectly strengthen state and local political parties nationwide. The bill intends to limit individual campaign contributions, provide for the full declaration of all donations and ban soft money donations from corporations.

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Brown Addresses UNC Activists

U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Brown spoke Wednesday in the Pit about the mistreatment of the nation's farmworkers. Invited to underscore Farmworkers Awareness Week, which runs from March 17-23, Brown told the audience that the federal government should intervene and protect farmworkers' rights. Brown, a Durham City Council member from 1995-99, is running for the Democratic Senate nomination against several candidates to fill a seat being vacated by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.

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Budget Causes Wis. Enrollment Caps

The University of Wisconsin system Board of Regents voted Friday to suspend undergraduate admissions for some students due to growing concerns about the state's dwindling budget. A legislative committee in the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a proposal on Friday -- just prior to the board's decision -- requiring the system to make more than $20 million in additional budget cuts. The assembly already had voted to slash the system's budget by approximately $50 million.

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New Committee to Review State Tax Structure

Under the direction of Gov. Mike Easley, a new committee created to evaluate North Carolina's tax structure had its first meeting this week. Easley's press secretary Fred Hartman said he was pleased with the first meeting of the Commission to Modernize State Funds. "It was a good meeting," he said. "They spent a couple of hours getting their feet wet, rolling up their sleeves and tossing out ideas." The commission was formed to examine the 70-year-old N.C.

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Officials Seek Solution to Medicaid Budget Woes

N.C. officials are looking at a variety of solutions to deal with a program that is one of the biggest contributors to the state's fiscal crisis. Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income individuals, consumed about $2.2 billion of the state's budget for the 2001-02 fiscal year. With an influx of 71,000 more clients than expected, the program is coming in millions of dollars over budget. Officials have offered no concrete solutions to the overwhelming problem but continue to examine the program in committees. The federal government funds close to two-thirds of the N.C.

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