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General Assembly

Moore, Berger poised to lead as NC lawmakers return

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Activity in the Legislative Building has picked up on the day before the start of the General Assembly's two-year session. Full story...
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NC local school superintendents seek statewide bond for construction

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The CEOs of North Carolina's 115 local school districts are asking lawmakers to let voters decide whether they want to borrow for overdue construction needs that taxpayers must repay. Full story...
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Lawmakers keep seeking jobless panel changes McCrory opposes

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The political fight between the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory over a state panel that considers final benefit appeals from the unemployed isn't going away even after McCrory vetoed a bill based on their differences. A legislative oversight committee recommended Wednesday that colleagues this year approve legislation staggering the terms of the three members of the Board of Review. That would mean one of McCrory's board appointees would have to step down this June. Full story...
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New NC laws: Lower taxes, fewer breaks

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The slate of laws taking effect with the new year includes lower taxes for corporations and individuals, though taxi drivers and movie-makers are losing preferential breaks. Full story...
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Legislature, Congress maps upheld by NC high court

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the boundary lines for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats. Full story...
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Police behavior subject of expected NC bill

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Lawmakers and social justice activists say it's time the General Assembly discusses how to improve relations between police and citizens, particularly young black men. Full story...
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Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal

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videoLegislators are learning about work to clean up more than 100 tons of coal ash held by Duke Energy before the utility starts removing the toxic material from pits and piles in North Carolina. Full story...
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New rules for NC abortion clinics unveiled

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North Carolina government health officials have developed new rules for the state's abortion clinics more than a year after the legislature demanded upgrades so that they would be treated like outpatient surgery centers. The proposed regulations were released Monday. Full story...
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NC House Republicans have choice of 6 for speaker

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Republican candidates to succeed Thom Tillis as North Carolina House speaker are walking the fine line between praising his four years leading the chamber and critiquing his tenure to promote their independence. There are six announced candidates heading into Saturday's meeting of the House Republican Caucus in Asheboro. The lawmaker they choose will almost certainly become speaker when the full House meets in January for the formal elections. That's because the GOP holds 74 of the chamber's 120 seats. Full story...
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Court: Some NC legislator emails must be released

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A federal court says North Carolina legislators aren't required to give up emails and papers exchanged with other lawmakers and staff to those suing over the state's election-overhaul law. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Joi Peake said their correspondence with third parties is largely fair game. Full story...
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