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Today at noon, North Carolina state employees will celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s celebration will include keynote speaker Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women.

The Rotunda is open to the public this afternoon for those want to pay their respects to former State Auditor Ralph Campbell Jr. Campbell, who was the first African-American elected to statewide executive office and served multiple terms on the Raleigh City Council, passed away on Tuesday. If you missed it earlier this week, the N&O has a nice piece on Campbell’s life and legacy.

The Hill reports that lawmakers in both chambers are pushing ahead defiantly with public meetings to demonstrate that the attempted assassination of a colleague will be no deterrent from their interaction with voters.

This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, Roxane Kolar with North Carolinians Against Gun Violence reflects on the Arizona shootings and Rep. Heath Shuler’s decision to start carrying a gun in his home district.  Kelli Kukura with the NC League of Municipalities joins Chris to talk about the upcoming legislative session. And Chris Estes with the NC Housing Coalition shares his thoughts on the outlook for foreclosures in 2011. News & Views can be heard on WRAL-FM on Sundays at 7:30am, with the interviews archived on our website.

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. King’s memory, consider a day of service. There are many opportunities across North Carolina.

Next Tuesday, count on the rhetoric to heat up again in Washington as the U.S. House begins debate over repealing the health care reform law. Adam Searing blogged about what’s at stake earlier this week. Politico has the latest:

The GOP is planning a two-day debate beginning Tuesday evening and ending Wednesday evening, with a vote that will most likely send the bill to the Senate, where it is unlikely to see the light of day.

Finally, today is Governor Bev Perdue’s birthday. Could a birthday card with a check for $3.7 billion be too much too hope for? Okay, okay, we’ll settle for a Cheerwine-Krispy-Kreme-doughnut and just one candle.

Enjoy your weekend!

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