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Morning Roundup: McCrory calls ads lies while Dalton says facts check out

Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton offered sharply different visions of North Carolina on Tuesday, with McCrory portraying the state as staggering through a period of decline and Dalton saying the state was on the rebound.

As for the negative ad war, McCrory called the Democratic Governors Association ad “a total lie,” “garbage’’ and “a personal insult.’’ Dalton said: “It’s a third party ad,” Dalton said. “I think it raises interesting questions.’’ He said he watched two TV news stations do reports on the accuracy of ad, and he said “it looks like it checks out by facts pretty well.’’ Read more here.

More political headlines:

--The Democratic National Convention named their party lineup Tuesday. North Carolina's throw-down will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (See photos of the venues here.) Democrats this year pride themselves on the fact that – for the first time ever – not a dime in corporate cash will help pay for their party convention in Charlotte. But all the parties welcoming delegates and journalists to town? That’s a different story – and a different pot of money.

--As the high-profile defendant awaits a verdict, the children whose lives have been forever changed by John Edwards' misadventures could have their lives further disrupted by a conviction. Edwards is charged with six counts related to violating campaign finance laws to hide his affair during his run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. The jury is to return to its deliberations on Wednesday after three days together behind closed doors.

--State lawmakers announced Tuesday a cease-fire between WakeMed Hospital and UNC Health Care, bringing to a civil end an unseemly public battle that had landed at the legislature with WakeMed trying to buy its cross-town rival Rex Hospital. With the harmony comes an unexpected boon for Wake County: a $30 million, 28-bed psychiatric facility UNC will build and operate, easing some of the charity care burdens WakeMed has carried for decades.

--The tears of eugenics victims and their weakened champion’s return to Raleigh in a wheelchair made the House committee vote endorsing compensation for people sterilized under the auspices of a government board more emotional than a run-of-the-mill debate on a bill. Several committee members, including Rep. George Cleveland, an Onslow County Republican, were opposed. People today should not have to pay for past wrongs, he said. “I don’t believe this is right.”

--A newly proposed alternative path for the 540 Outer Loop through southern Wake County, known as the Lilac Route, appears less controversial than older options marked on multicolored planning maps – but the Department of Transportation might not even be allowed to study the new route without getting permission first from the General Assembly.

--With both the red – and blue – carpets literally rolled out, politics and Hollywood merged at Johnson C.Smith University on Tuesday, with actress Alfre Woodard headlining an announcement about the school hosting a cybersummit during the week of the Democratic National Convention.

--State lawmakers are mounting another effort this session to keep more juvenile offenders out of the adult court and prison system.

The “Raise the Age” bill would keep 16- and 17-year-olds in juvenile court for misdemeanors only. North Carolina and New York are currently the only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult court – even though 86 percent of crimes committed by that age group are misdemeanors.

--It was another unusual day at the state's Industrial Commission, a little-known state agency that handles disputed workers’ compensation claims when people get hurt on the job. Commission officials have beckoned hundreds of uninsured employers to hearings to hold them accountable for unpaid medical bills and overdue paychecks to their former employees.

--North Carolina lawmakers this week will introduce legislation that would let corporations send up to $40 million of their state taxes next year to a program that would give low-income children up to $4,000 to attend private or religious schools. Read an AP report here.

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