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Jim Jenkins

The perils for ‘Independent Pat’

Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.

World

Iran nuclear talks could be pivotal to Obama’s legacy

With negotiators in Switzerland extending talks for a second day past the deadline, the pressure is increasing on President Barack Obama – who has long championed diplomatic negotiations with Iran – to deliver the first installment on would be a historic agreement.

Raleigh Deals

Business

House passes $11.2 billion state budget proposal

The Republican-led House passed a two-year, $11.2 billion state budget Wednesday that cuts health services for the elderly and people with disabilities, denies state employees a raise and nearly empties the state's rainy day fund, all to avoid major tax or fee increases.

Sports

Padres rout Samardzija and White Sox 8-2 as Shields tunes up

James Shields allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Jeff Samardzija, and the San Diego Padres beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 8-2 Wednesday in the final game of the Cactus League season at Camelback Ranch.

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