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NC panel OKs optional motorcycle helmet for adults

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videoThere's enough support in a North Carolina House committee to limit the state's motorcycle helmet requirement to just those people under age 21. Full story...
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NC Senate panel backs Goolsby's execution rule changes

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video An effort by Senate Republicans that they say will kick-start the resumption of executions in North Carolina and get rid of the Racial Justice Act has been approved by a legislative committee. Full story...
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NC House wants kids to focus on handwriting

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Some North Carolina lawmakers want to require that school children learn how to write and multiply even in today's modern world. Full story...
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Goolsby discusses bill to repeal Racial Justice Act

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videoSen. Thom Goolsby vowed to end the de facto moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. Goolsby said District Attorneys statewide have called on him to try to repeal the Racial Justice Act. His proposal would completely repeal the law. Full story...
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Sen. Goolsby files bill to end 'de facto moratorium' on death penalty

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videoThe process for executing those sentenced to death in North Carolina would be streamlined under legislation presented in the NC General Assembly. Full story...
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NC House committee hears more about voter ID

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Some elections and voting experts say there are other ways to discourage the potential for fraud while casting ballots that don't necessarily require North Carolina voters to obtain photo identification. Full story...
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NC House backs "Kilah's Law" on abuse penalties

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North Carolina House members agree convicted child abusers should receive longer sentences for their violent actions. Full story...
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Goolsby bill seeks open government rule violation as crime

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videoA lawmaker's effort to make it a criminal misdemeanor for an official to violate North Carolina's public records and open meetings laws faces an uphill climb in the state Senate after committee members and local government lobbyists objected. Full story...
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NC House Republicans lay out voter ID bill process

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videoNorth Carolina House leaders say the process to create a bill requiring photo identification for citizens to vote will be slow so lawmakers can receive public input about what such a mandate should look like. Full story...
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Onslow Co. lawmaker says higher boat fees could pay for dredging

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videoA state senator is suggesting that money from higher boat registration fees should be used to pay for dredging North Carolina's coastal inlets. Full story...
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Poll: Most in NC support gun control, voter ID, immigrants

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A new Elon University poll looks at how North Carolinians feel about issues like gun control, voter identification and immigration, as well as their opinion on Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly. Full story...
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Bill in legislature would allow guns at private schools

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video A Senate bill filed this week would give administrators in private schools the power to allow weapons on school grounds. The administrator and governing body could give written approval to anyone trained and with a permit to carry a gun, teargas or a stun gun. Full story...
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Bill would add Bible study at NC public schools

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videoA new bill could allow students to study the Bible in North Carolina schools. No student would be required to take the class. It would be offered as an elective. Full story...
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Vote on NC commissions bill reveals divisions

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House Republicans who want to clean out several key North Carolina regulatory commissions have revealed disagreements with Senate GOP counterparts and among members in their own caucus about how to do it. Full story...
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Lottery would see name change in NC House bill

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Some lawmakers want to remove the word "education" from the North Carolina Education Lottery and restrict advertising for the games. Full story...
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