Senate passes amendment to keep open veterans cemeteries, governor's office argues long-term funding issue remains unsolved

Mathew Stallings places flowers on his grandfather's grave in the Eastern North Carolina Veterans Cemetery Thursday afternoon as his brother Michael Ovitt, and mother, Allyson Stallings, watch.

News-Argus/STEVE HERRING

As six-year-old Mathew Stallings was kneeling Thursday afternoon to place flowers at his grandfather's grave, politicians in Raleigh were busy jockeying to assign blame or take credit for funding the Eastern North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The funding was not part of the Republican-controlled General Assembly's budget prompting Larry D. Hall,...

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