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NC Senate bill adds divisive new fracking measures

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What's often considered an annual environmental housecleaning bill in the North Carolina Legislature is drawing fierce criticism after some new provisions on hydraulic fracturing were added. Full story...
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NC senator: Voter ID bill moving ahead with ruling

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A key leader in the North Carolina General Assembly says voter identification legislation will pick up steam again because the US Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. Full story...
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Senate panel OKs NC stop-gap state spending plan

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Senate budget writers agree that with no state budget in place and less than a week to go before the North Carolina government year ends, it's time to make contingency plans. Full story...
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NC Senate debates undercover investigations bill

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The Humane Society says a North Carolina bill is designed to stop activists and journalists from exposing abuses and violations among food producers. 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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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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NC domestic violence offender could face GPS

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Domestic violence offenders subject to a North Carolina court order could soon be monitored by satellite in a House bill now heading to the Senate. Full story...
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NC House tries to stop some local government moves

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House Republicans want to prevent North Carolina city and county governments from collecting union dues from workers and requiring local employers to assume responsibilities related to pollution generated by their employees. 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 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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Environmentalists want slowdown on NC Senate bill

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North Carolina environmental groups want the Senate to slow down a bill that would roll back state and local environmental regulations that are tougher than federal standards. Full story...
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Senate approves Goolsby's Racial Justice Act repeal

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videoThe state Senate agrees that the Racial Justice Act should be repealed completely in North Carolina as one way to restart executions after a more than six-year hiatus. Full story...
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NC weighs separate oversight for charter schools

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Some North Carolina lawmakers want to take oversight of taxpayer-funded charter schools away from the state school board that runs other public schools. 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 Senate bill seeks to tear up lease for park

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Senate Republican leaders are moving forward with legislation to throw out a lease that lets Raleigh build a large park on the old Dorothea Dix mental hospital campus, although city leaders and residents are fighting the change. Full story...
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