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Morning Roundup: 3 more RJA sentences changed, trouble for Alzheimer's patients, McCrory's first 3 picks, what mayors want

A Cumberland County judge has converted three death sentences to life in prison in a Racial Justice Act ruling.

Alzheimer's patients on Medicaid in special housing might see their federal payments cut below the limit where the facilities can no longer afford to care for them.

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory names secretaries of Health and Human Services and of Environment and Natural Resources, and a chief of staff. All are fresh faces in state government, but well-known in Repbulican circles.

Mayors from the state's biggest cities got together to chart out a common course for the next legislative session.

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What do big-city mayors want?

What do the big cities want?

Mayors from the state’s biggest municipalities will get together in Raleigh on Thursday to talk about what they want from the General Assembly in the upcoming session.

While they’re there, they will also present awards for leadership in transportation legislation to state Sen. Kathy Harrington, a Republican from Gastonia; Sen. Bill Rabon, a Republican from Southport, and Rep. Ric Killian, a Republican representing Mecklenburg County. Jim Trogon, chief operating officer for the state Department of Transportation, will also be honored.

Mayors and city managers from the state’s 28 largest cities are expected to attend the lunch meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Hagan undecided on gun vote

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declined to tell reporters this morning how she plans to vote on a concealed weapon amendment scheduled for a vote in less than 30 minutes in the Senate.

"We’re still looking at it,” she told reporters today in her weekly conference call, reports Barb Barrett. “That’s something we’re going to be working on as soon as I hang up this phone.”

The Thune Amendment, by Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states. Individual states have varying laws on who can carry concealed weapons.

Te amendment would be added to the 2010 defense authorization bill.

More after the jump.

McCrory: Sometimes it takes a mayor

Pat McCrory sees parallels between Sarah Palin's record and what he wants to do in Raleigh.

The Republican nominee for governor and seven-term Charlotte mayor released a statement saying Palin "proves that sometimes it takes a mayor to clean up state government."

I think Gov. Sarah Palin, a former mayor with a background of cleaning up state government, is a great choice for vice president. She is someone with a real record of changing the status quo and challenging corruption in state government. Gov. Palin stopped the infamous 'bridge to nowhere' and used her veto to actually cut spending.

McCrory also said Palin will be a contrast to Joe Biden, "a U.S. Senator for over 20 years."

Biden has been in the Senate for almost 36 years, if you're counting.

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