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Coal ash bill in limbo after NC Senate adjourns

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The North Carolina Senate has adjourned without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its 33 leaky coal ash dumps in the state. The move comes nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with sludge. Full story...
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Budget plan would give teachers raises, cap film incentive

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videoA budget plan unveiled by Republican leaders in Raleigh today would mean more money to teachers and less money for Hollywood. Full story...
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NC House fails to concur on moped regulations

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The North Carolina House has rejected a Senate version of a bill creating new regulations for mopeds. The House voted 51-54 Thursday against concurring on a bill that would have required insurance and registration with the state for mopeds. Full story...
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GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes

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An omnibus bill backed by Republican leaders in the North Carolina House is seeking to make dozens of changes to state laws. The changes include eliminating a task force that works to reduce child deaths and a provision allowing public charter schools boards to include members representing for-profit education companies. Full story...
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NC Senate passes Medicaid reform legislation

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The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would create a new state agency to oversee and manage Medicaid and partially privatize it. The bill would carve out Medicaid regions in the state where both private companies and hospital-led health plans would compete for contracts to serve patients there. Full story...
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NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill changing how counties impose sales taxes beyond what the state collects. The Senate voted Thursday to limit nearly all of the state's 100 counties to a local sales- and use-tax of 2.5 percent, including large urban counties that are currently allowed to raise the sales tax to 2.75 percent. Full story...
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Longer session tests Tillis, US Senate race

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U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis had hoped this year's North Carolina legislative session would be over by now. But the budget is over three weeks late and hopes of a July 4 end date are a distant memory. Full story...
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Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

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Gov. Pat McCrory has met with Senate Republicans to try to look at ways to narrow their differences over budget adjustments that were supposed to be in place three weeks ago. McCrory's office and a top budget negotiator confirmed the governor visited the Senate Republican Caucus on Tuesday morning for about 90 minutes. Full story...
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NC sales tax limit for counties reviewed by Senate

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Senate Republicans have retooled a proposal limiting local sales taxes in North Carolina but could still stop two large counties from putting referenda on the ballot this fall. Full story...
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NC House to consider final Common Core bill

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The North Carolina Legislature is one step away from passage of a bill that repeals the state's Common Core education standards. The House is scheduled to vote on the compromise bill Wednesday. The Senate signed off on it last week. Full story...
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