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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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Court allows gay marriage in South Carolina

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A federal court has cleared the way for gay couples to be married in South Carolina. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday denied state Attorney General Alan Wilson's request to block the marriages while it hears his appeal. 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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McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution. Full story...
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McCrory signs bill sponsored by late lawmaker

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Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum on Tuesday. Full story...
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McCrory signs Common Core changes into law

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Common Core curriculum standards for North Carolina schools will be rewritten under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. McCrory signed the bill Tuesday along with four others. He said the Common Core bill does not officially repeal the federal standards but will review and improve them. Full story...
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Prosecutor: hearing in UNC agents case on hold

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This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed. Full story...
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UNCW appeals jury's verdict, judge's ruling in Adams lawsuit

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videoThe University of North Carolina Wilmington has filed a notice of appeal in criminology professor Mike Adams' case against the university. Full story...
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ACLU questions if counties comply with prison law

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North Carolina sheriffs in 23 counties haven't responded to a request for written policies showing they're in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, but the head of their advocacy group says they may still be following the law. Full story...
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Question on jury trials could soon reach NC voters

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North Carolina voters could decide next year whether some defendants should be given the option to waive their right to a jury trial. Full story...
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