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Morning Roundup: These three colorful candidates want to be governor

Dr. Bruce Blackmon, 90, has a cure for high taxes: create a state endowment. Gardenia Henley says she can find the skeletons in the state budget. And Gary Dunn’s platform includes legalizing marijuana.

Whether you know them or not, all three want the Democratic nomination for governor. Click here to find out which one thinks he can accomplish his agenda in two years and save time for fishing.

In other headlines:

--The John Edwards trial is nearing a start: John Edwards spent a career practicing the art of persuasion, first as a trial lawyer wooing juries for big awards and then as a politician hunting for votes. Thursday, he and his lawyers will begin what legal experts say can be a key step toward a courtroom victory or loss – selecting the 12 people who will render his next verdict. Read more here.

--Tempers flared in 9th District Congressional race -- the most contested in North Carolina -- at a debate. And take a look at state Rep. Ric Killian, who recently returned home from Afghanistan to make a bid for the seat.

--An advocacy group is urging state legislators to resist the temptation to slash benefits for jobless workers as they seek a way to repay the $2.8 billion in debt facing the state unemployment system. Cutting unemployment benefits would hurt “the most vulnerable people in the state,” said Harry Payne, senior counsel of the nonprofit N.C. Justice Center. More here.

--A local hero to North Carolina’s abortion rights movement is being honored at a fundraiser Thursday hosted by a statewide advocacy group. The annual Susan Hill Award is going to Caswell County native McCoy Faulkner, who for 27 years has provided security to abortion rights organizations, clinics, and high-profile advocates. NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina chose Faulkner for the award from nominations sent in by organizations across the state.


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