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Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Durham-based Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company before it sold to Clorox, has died. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees says Shavtiz died Sunday at his home in rural Maine, surrounded by family and friends.

Shavitz was a hippie making a living by selling honey when his life was altered by a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Roxanne Quimby. She was a single mother and a back-to-the-lander who impressed Shavitz with her ingenuity.

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 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says fellow Republicans in the Legislature didn't follow their conservative roots when they approved a bill changing the Greensboro City Council.

The bill passed last week draws new district maps for electing council members in North Carolina's third largest city. The mayor will no longer be able to vote in most cases. City leaders also will be unable to redraw maps on their own following the next census.

Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly have approved a retooled city council for Greensboro.

The House and Senate voted Thursday for new district maps for electing council members in North Carolina'sthird largest city. The mayor will no longer be able to vote in most cases. City leaders also will be unable to redraw maps on their own following the next census.

The final measure divided Greensboro-area lawmakers and required a second vote in the House after a first attempt Thursday morning to adopt the changes failed.

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Protestors advocating equal protection for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court rulings were arrested at a demonstration in the North Carolina Legislative Building.

General Assembly police arrested six demonstrators Wednesday following a larger rally in the rotunda between the House and Senate chambers. The six refused to leave with the crowd of around 40 people after police told them they would be subject to arrest once the building closed at 5 p.m.

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Senate Republicans have backed off some provisions in their annual "regulatory reform" measure opposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration, but retain several that critics say would damage water quality and discourage citizen lawsuits.

The Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to a wide-ranging measure focusing primarily on environmental rules. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources raised objections and GOP senators ran several amendments to address them.

Nearly three hours of additional House debate on a bill easing some North Carolina concealed weapons restrictions and streamlining pistol purchase permit applications with local sheriffs did little to change the final result.

The House gave its final approval late Wednesday to the measure by a vote of 78-37 — the same margin when the chamber gave it tentative approval Tuesday. The bill now goes to the Senate.


A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs has become law in North Carolina.

The North Carolina House voted Thursday to override a veto of the measure from Republican Governor Pat McCrory. The Senate voted to do the same a week ago.

Thursday's House vote was just over the three-fifths majority needed.

North Carolina's governor says he'll sign a bill that would make the state one of several with a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

McCrory issued a statement several hours later saying that he's pleased with how the bill developed in the legislature over the past few days.

The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.

The General Assembly has cancelled Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that gives North Carolina employers legal recourse against people who deliberately get jobs to steal company secrets or record purported problems on factory lines.

The Senate and House separately voted Wednesday to override the veto. It means the bill will be enacted into law despite his objections. The margin in each chamber was above the three-fifths majority required for an override.

Tammy Hooper, a deputy chief of police in Alexandria, Virginia, and a 26-year veteran of law enforcement is the new police chief in Asheville.

City officials announced to local media outlets that Hooper will start work on July 20. She is the city's first female police chief, and its third chief in four years. She replaces William Anderson, who resigned amid controversy last year.