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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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embers of the North Carolina House and Senate will form a committee to tackle numerous proposed changes to the state's environmental regulations in hopes of reaching a set of compromises before the end of the summer.

The House formally voted on Wednesday to reject Senate changes to a regulatory reform bill which included new rules regarding air and water pollution, as well as less environmental issues such as ATV ridership.

More than 30 activists, lobbyists and attorneys gave public comment on the bill Tuesday, with many expressing concerns about health and pollution.

 North Carolina's jobless rate has inched up for the fourth month as it diverges from the declining national rate.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for June was 5.8 percent, a slight increase from the previous month. The May rate was 5.7 percent.

Nationally, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent representing the third month it was lower that North Carolina's.

Seasonally adjusted figures show the state's labor force grew slightly since May. The growing workforce has been a positive sign for the state's economy.

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Governor Pat McCrory says he will veto a Senate bill to redistribute more sales dollars to rural North Carolina counties, a promise which prompted a bitter response from the bill's Republican sponsor.

McCrory released a statement Tuesday saying he would veto the bill, which has not yet passed a committee vote. The statement says that instead of sales taxes, the Senate should be focused on the governor's plan to borrow money to fund infrastructure and road development across the state.

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The North Carolina legislature will have the ultimate say over public "objects of remembrance," including Confederate memorials, under a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday evening that he signed a controversial historical monuments bill that had passed the House earlier in the week. The bill's opponents, mainly Democrats, argued it would protect an unknown number of Confederate memorials in the state.

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Freshman Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina missed a hearing last week with senior Pentagon leaders on the threat of Islamic State militants. Instead, he got insights on the group from former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Tillis was absent from the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, where Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff responded to tough questioning. Tillis' office confirmed Wednesday the senator was meeting with Cheney at the time but said that Cheney is one of the country's top experts on national security matters.

The South to Get its First Big Wind Farm

Jul 13, 2015

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes. It would be the first large wind farm in a region that has been a dead zone for wind power.

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