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NC Senate

More changes from NC House for NC clean-up spending bill

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The Senate's cleanup spending bill for the remainder of North Carolina government's fiscal year is making its way through the House, but not without more changes. Full story...
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NC senators work Wednesday, leave town as storm approaches

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The North Carolina Senate wrapped up its work for the week a day early to avoid any encounters with an approaching winter storm. But it stuck around longer than the House. Full story...
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NC Senate response to gay marriage rulings is approved

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videoSome North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties - including same-sex marriages - under legislation given the state Senate's approval. Full story...
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NC Senate OKs unemployment bill; McCrory vetoed similar bill

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The Senate has completed work on changes to unemployment insurance rules sought by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration. But the plan also includes tinkering with a jobless claims appeals board that McCrory successfully blocked last year with a veto. Full story...
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Controversial gas tax bill clears NC Senate

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A controversial bill that would lower North Carolina's gas tax now but leave open the possibility of seeing it climb again down the road has clear the Senate. Full story...
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NC gasoline tax reformulation gets initial Senate approval

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Senators have given their initial OK to reworking North Carolina's gasoline tax. Supporters say it provides quick relief to motorists but opponents argue it's a tax increase in disguise. Full story...
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NC Republican senators offering quick gas tax cut

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A quick cut in North Carolina's gasoline tax proposed by Senate Republicans could bring higher tax rates to the pump later this decade. Full story...
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NC House tentatively approve eminent domain amendment again

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The House is poised to once again send the Senate a constitutional amendment to protect property owners' rights when North Carolina governments take land for projects. Full story...
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Early-session spending bill approved by NC Senate

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The state Senate supports making spending changes to help a panel reviewing public school academic standards do its work and so a rule-making body can defend itself in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education. The chamber voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that locates $275,000 to operate the committee recommending changes by the end of the year to Common Core. The vote was 38-11. Full story...
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NC Senate budget-writers roll out early spending bill

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Top Senate budget-writers have written an early-session spending bill that in part seeks to ensure a panel drafting new academic standards for North Carolina's public schools has money to perform its work. The bill filed Monday directs the Department of Public Instruction to transfer $275,000 to help the panel, which was created last year. Full story...
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