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Legislature drops NC gas tax 1.5 cents, starting Wednesday

North Carolina’s gas tax will drop by a few pennies over the next 15 months – starting Wednesday with a reduction of 1.5 cents a gallon – under a law enacted Tuesday to ward off a larger tax cut that was expected to cost the state $800 million in transportation money over the next four years. House Democrats protested that the measure will put an unfair tax burden on working families.

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Governor, legislature honor Richard Petty

Seeing Petty in the midst of the state government complex on Tuesday got Dome to thinking about the time Petty, a Republican, sought statewide elective office. Petty ran in 1996 for Secretary of State, losing to Democrat Elaine Marshall, who still holds the office.

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