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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office says it's appealing a judge's decision refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by the news media that says the administration fails to comply with the state's open records law.

The Charlotte Observer reported the governor's office filed a request Monday to prevent news media attorneys from taking statements from witnesses while an appeal is prepared.

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Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes is back as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party after GOP activists removed Hasan Harnett from the post for misconduct.  A majority of voting members of the party's Executive Committee Saturday in Raleigh elected Hayes over two other candidates to serve out Harnett's term through the middle of next year.  Hayes served as chairman from mid-2011 to mid-2013, a period of great success for the party as it expanded its advantages in the legislature and Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in 20 years.

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A federal judge is dismissing lawsuits challenging a North Carolina election law that requires voters to show photo identification when casting ballots.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder's ruling Monday leaves in place the state law that requires those voting in person to show an accepted type of photo ID, eliminates same-day registration, and ends out-of-precinct voting.

Maroon 5 Facebook

Updated: 5/21

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The pop group Maroon 5 has joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of the passage of legislation that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.

The members said they won't appear Sept. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte or Sept. 12 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The band announced on its website Friday that its members feel canceling "is morally right as we feel everyone should be treated equally."

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 Corporations have expressed disappointment and the NCAA has vowed to watch what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  RedHat, American Airlines, IBM, Biogen and PayPal were among major employers condemning the new law yesterday.  The legislature called a special session Wednesday to void a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, and would have provided broad protections a

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed legislation designed to rein in local governments passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

McCrory's office confirmed he signed the law late Wednesday night, hours after the legislature finalized the bill in a one-day work session.

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh because a Charlotte City Council ordinance was supposed to take effect April 1 that expanded protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for treatment at hotels and restaurants.

A planned apartment complex in Asheville will make it easier for new teachers to find housing in a city where affordable housing can be hard to come by.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the project which will have 28 units is expected to open by early summer of 2017.

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The Buncombe County Board of Elections wants to reduce early voting hours ahead of the 2016 primary by nearly 40 percent from four years ago, prompting concern by the local branch of the NAACP that problems will result.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports polling sites will be open for 791 hours in 2016, down from 1,287 in 2012.

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North Carolina regulators have cited a Duke Energy coal ash deposit site for environmental violations, this time at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Media outlets report the state Department of Environmental Quality cited Duke on Wednesday for two violations at the Asheville site. In both cases Duke, and site operator Charah, failed to notify the agency within 24 hours of a structural breach caused by severe erosion that had exposed coal ash and a plastic cover to the elements.

The department says Duke discovered the problems on Oct. 29, but didn't report them until Nov. 2.

Tom Apodaca Will Retire from NC Senate

Nov 30, 2015
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One of the most powerful figures in the North Carolina General Assembly says he will not run again next year.

Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville announced his decision against seeking re-election Monday, the day before candidate filing for 2016 begins.

Apodaca is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, controlling the flow of legislation in the chamber. He's been Senate leader Phil Berger's closest political ally and a consistently strong fundraiser for GOP senators.

Legislature Adjourns

Sep 30, 2015

The General Assembly has officially completed this year's work session after more than eight months on the job.  House Speaker Tim Moore and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest gaveled down the session shortly after 4 a.m. once legislators finalized a large "technical corrections" bill.

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North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has resigned.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a news release Tuesday announcing the resignation, saying the departure was prompted so Tata could "focus on personal and family matters in addition to pursuing his passion as an author."

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The chairman of the North Carolina Republican party has posted Twitter photos juxtaposing images of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan.

Hasan Harnett posted the images on the social media site Thursday. One shows Klansmen surrounding a burning cross; the caption says the KKK was created as the militant wing of the Democratic Party. The second photo shows Clinton winking.

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 A divided state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on tuition for students at private and religious schools.

The 4-3 decision issued Thursday split North Carolina's highest court along party lines, reversing a lower court ruling declaring the state's Opportunity Scholarships unconstitutional.

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 A North Carolina senator has introduced a plan to block state agencies from acting on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to curb emissions from power plants until the rules make it through expected long legal challenges.

Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, took action Wednesday against the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which was announced by the Obama administration last year. It's expected to require states to develop their own plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2005 levels. A final version of the plan is expected next month. 

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