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NC Legislature returns to work, met by protesters

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Legislature is opening its budget-adjusting session by getting right to work on closing this year's Medicaid shortfall and considering changes to annexation and gambling laws.

The House and Senate planned to open the so-called "short" session at midday Wednesday.

The Senate scheduled afternoon committees to consider a $205 million plan to eliminate the Medicaid gap and to change laws needed for the Cherokee Indians to offer live dealer games at its casino.

Some of the bills were expected to come to the floor later in the day.

Legislators arrived to protesters representing liberal and union groups who banged on pots and pans to express anger with Republican policies. Many were still unhappy with the Legislature allowing a referendum on gay marriage that voters passed last week.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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