Cheaper insurance for state employees: State and local government retirees will get a break for the next three years on vision and dental insurance offered through a preferred broker with the state treasurer's office that could save them on average about $130 a year. (N&O)
Defense cuts small for N.C.: North Carolina leaders exhaled Thursday as Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced sweeping cuts to Pentagon programs for the coming years - but left the Tar Heel state largely unscathed.
There will be a two-year delay in eight squadrons of F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets scheduled for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in the next decade, but no cuts, and little else to affect the state, officials said. (N&O)
Highway patrol report due: After months of inaction, a group Gov. Bev Perdue appointed to advise her about improving the N.C. Highway Patrol is preparing to release a final report of recommendations aimed at improving an agency rocked by numerous cases of trooper misconduct. (N&O)
Edwards estate valued: Probate forms filed in Orange County Superior Court last month with the last will and testament of Elizabeth Edwards estimate the total value of the estate left to her children at $1,496,000. (N&O)