Homeowners insurance could jump

RALEIGH The plan is being pushed by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. The industry group wants rate increases that vary by region, from 1 percent in Charlotte to a nearly 70 percent jump in Wilmington and Jacksonville.

Commissioner Jim Long says the proposal isn't a done deal. His office has a record of allowing rate increases that are lower than what the insurance companies ask for.

Long will leaves office next month. His deputy, Wayne Goodwin, was elected in November.

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