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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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McCrory sues legislators over coal ash commission

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video Gov. Pat McCrory and two of his predecessors have sued Republican leaders at the North Carolina Legislature over the makeup of the state's new Coal Ash Management Commission. Full story...
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NC legislature may not be over for this year

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The General Assembly's work may not be over this year if Gov. Pat McCrory believes replenishing a critical economic recruitment tool in North Carolina can't wait until January. Full story...
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Top NC GOP lawmakers appeal ruling gay marriage OK

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video North Carolina legislative leaders are giving formal notice that their lawyers will appeal a Greensboro federal judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the state. Full story...
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GOP remains comfortably in charge at NC statehouse

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Several million dollars from independent groups on top of an expensive US Senate race that negatively portrayed the Republican agenda in Raleigh helped Democrats knock off a few GOP incumbents at the North Carolina legislature on Election Day. Full story...
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GOP: Proper for officials to refuse to marry gays

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Twenty-eight Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are urging state courts administrators not to punish employees who refuse to marry gay couples based on religious objections. Full story...
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Groups ask US high court to shelve election rules

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Opponents of a voting law backed by North Carolina's Republican leaders urge the U.S. Supreme Court to block parts they say will discourage minorities from casting ballots. Lawyers for civil rights groups and voters expressed their views in court documents filed with the Supreme Court. State officials turned to the nation's high court last week after an appeals court put two key provisions on hold for next month's elections. Full story...
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Changes in more than 20 NC laws begin Wednesday

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New North Carolina laws involving coal ash, specialty license plates and the regulation of alcoholic beverages are being implemented starting in October. All or portions of more than 20 pieces of legislation approved by the General Assembly take effect beginning Wednesday. Full story...
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Catlin, Jordan square off in first debate

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videoThe fall campaign season is upon us. Tonight, candidates for NC House District 20 met for a debate sponsored by WWAY and WHQR. Rick Catlin and Betsy Jordan squared off in a candidate's forum, and both candidates started off talking film incentives. Full story...
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