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NC bill banning e-cig sales to minors advances

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A bill banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors in North Carolina is headed to the full House. Full story...
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Bill restarting executions advances in NC House

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A bill repealing a procedure for condemned North Carolina inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds is headed to the full House. Full story...
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NC gun-rights group runs radio ads critical of UNC

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A gun-rights advocacy group is running radio commercials criticizing University of North Carolina system leaders for opposing a bill that would allow students and staff to bring a concealed pistol on campus. Full story...
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NC NAACP launches tour against state legislation

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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is launching a 25-county tour targeting the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly. Full story...
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Racial Justice Act repeal heard by NC House panel

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Opponents of a measure that would repeal North Carolina's Racial Justice Act for death row prisoners and seeks to restart executions after several years of legal battles say capital cases shouldn't be rushed because a person's life is on the line. Full story...
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Law enforcement backs NC attorney general on SBI

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North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is opposing a state Senate budget provision that moves much of an investigative unit from his department to one headed by an appointee of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Full story...
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Effort to block beach smoking ban stalls

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A bill that would have snuffed out local municipalities' rights to limit outdoor smoking hit a significant snag Thursday and is not likely to advance this session. Full story...
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Senate bill could snuff out smoking bans at Wrightsville Beach, CFCC

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video Public smoking bans tend to spark emotions on both sides of the conversation, and that is certainly true at Wrightsville Beach, the first public beach in the state to ban smoking on the sand. Now a bill in the state Senate could send the ordinance up in smoke. Full story...
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Student prayer rights bill passes NC Senate

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Legislation meant to clarify when and how student-led prayers are allowed in public schools has passed the North Carolina Senate. Full story...
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NC House panel passes idea to limit budget growth

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A popular idea among conservatives to attempt to limit the growth of government spending has been approved in a North Carolina legislative committee despite arguments it could hurt the state's ability to borrow money cheaply. Full story...
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NC's first lady speaks up on dog breeding

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North Carolina's low-profile first lady has stepped into public political advocacy in state government for the first time. Full story...
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NC House wants voters to decide on leaders' limits

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The North Carolina House wants voters to decide whether to limit how long people can serve as the General Assembly's top leaders. Full story...
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NC employees' group balks at gov't worker changes

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Republican lawmakers are willing to help Gov. Pat McCrory change laws determining how state government employees are managed, hired and fired. Full story...
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Repeal of literacy test headed to NC House floor

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A bipartisan group of North Carolina lawmakers want to repeal a portion of the state constitution linked to the days of white supremacy. Full story...
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NC Senate bill requires abortion education

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A bill requiring North Carolina's health instructors to teach students that abortions cause premature births in later pregnancies is headed to the Senate floor. Full story...
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