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    Uncle Sam is looking out for my wife

    On Monday, I went to the bank to deposit a tax-refund check.

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    McCrory bucks status quo

    If the devil is in the details, then the saints might reside in the general principles that Gov. Pat McCrory has put forward for revising how the state spends road dollars.

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    Property rights in jeopardy

    Many of the state lawmakers working to undo local government control over zoning and land-use planning likely believe they are striking a blow for the individual and their property rights.

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    Terrorists aim to do more than kill

    Like many of you, I spent much of Monday afternoon watching and reading coverage of the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And it occurred to me then, as it did after 9/11, that the primary purpose of terrorism isn’t to kill or maim.

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    Changing Medicaid is tough

    That Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration are prepared to substantially overhaul the state’s Medicaid program should surprise no one.

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    Time flies when you’re getting older

    Every Saturday, in its weekend edition, The Wall Street Journal reports on some of the latest research in the sciences. A recent Saturday, for example, reported that two-fifths of the happiness gap between blacks and whites has closed since the early 1970s, according to a study by two economists...

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    The poor can pay high taxes too

    What if I told you that some households pay tax rates of 60 percent, 70 percent or more on additional financial resources? You’d probably say that you’ve heard of such high tax rates, and you would be right.

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    State mining more data

    Several years ago, researchers conducted a study examining the effects of divorce on children.

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    Knowing game key to enjoying baseball

    I never played a day of organized baseball, but it is the sport I watch most often, both in person and on TV.

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    Budget offers food for thought

    The long-running joke in the halls of the Legislative Building is that a governor’s state budget proposal enjoys a life of about 24 hours before legislative budget writers dump the document in the trash.

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