Politics

11:06 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Apple, Facebook, Google Warn NC General Assembly Not to Change Renewable Energy Requirements

Three of the world’s largest tech companies have called on the N.C. General Assembly to avoid making changes to the state’s renewable energy policies.
Three of the world's largest tech companies have called on the N.C. General Assembly to avoid making changes to the state's renewable energy policies. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) and Google Inc.
Politics
12:16 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Senate Gives Initial OK to 72-Hour Abortion Wait Period

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A bill that would extend the abortion waiting period to 72 hours in North Carolina has moved closer to passage with a favorable vote on the Senate floor.

After a lengthy debate, the full Senate gave tentative approval to the bill on Thursday. A final Senate vote could come next week.

A version of the bill has already passed the state House, but that chamber would need to approve provisions added by Senate Republicans that include several criminal justice measures.

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12:11 am
Fri May 29, 2015

McCrory Vetoes NC Religious Objection Bill on Gay Marriage

Governor Pat McCrory
abc11.com

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed Thursday a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.

His decision, announced hours after lawmakers gave final approval to the measure, puts him at odds with social conservatives in his Republican Party and GOP legislative leaders spearheading the legislation.

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Politics
6:15 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Updated: Gay Marriage, Abortion Measures Closer to Passage

Emily Jan/NPR

Updated 11:09 PM Wednesday:

Two controversial bills: one concerning gay marriage, the other abortion, are closer to becoming law after votes Wednesday.

North Carolina legislators are nearing final approval on legislation allowing some North Carolina court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on "sincerely held religious" objections.

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1:14 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Bill Raising NC Graffiti Punishments Gets Senate's Initial OK

cnn.com

Tougher penalties for people who spray or scribble on public or private property in North Carolina is nearing Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

The Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to legislation creating a new crime called "graffiti vandalism" that would result in a low-grade felony and possible time behind bars on a third conviction.

Current law only addresses graffiti on public buildings and monuments, or general damage to real property.

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6:14 am
Thu May 14, 2015

10 People Seeking Action on NC Minimum Wage Arrested

Chris Seward/News & Observer of Raleigh

Another 10 people opposed to Republican state government policies have been arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building.

The demonstrators were led away Wednesday in plastic handcuffs by legislative police. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver says those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing. The protesters remained in the building after its posted 5 p.m. closing time.

The demonstrators are associated with the "Moral Monday" movement that's been holding regular rallies against GOP actions since 2013, leading to 1,000 arrests.

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Politics
10:29 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Controversial Gun Bill Bouncing On and Off the Schedule

blackyouthproject.com

A bill that eases further restrictions on concealed handguns in North Carolina and makes other gun-related changes is back on the sidelines just hours after returning to the fast track.

The House Rules Committee chairman announced Tuesday afternoon the panel planned to consider a new version of the measure Wednesday, with a floor vote later in the day. But the committee meeting was canceled Tuesday night.

A committee notice said new provisions are anticipated in the coming days and Speaker Tim Moore wanted to offer more time to consider them.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Investigative Journalist Charles Lewis in WNC

Charles Lewis
billmoyers.com

Charles Lewis says somewhat facetiously that his love of investigative journalism is in his DNA.  While in high school he started writing satirical pieces and asking tough questions of those in authority.   After more than forty years as a journalist he is still excited about his job and dedicated to the task of  probing for the truth.  The former ABC News and 60 Minutes producer and founder of the Center for Public Integrity will speak Thursday (5/14) evening at the Crest Center in Asheville.   The event is sponsored by the on-line investigativ

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Asheville City Council to Consider Body Cameras for Police

policecararchives.org

The Asheville City Council is scheduled to vote on buying body cameras for the police department.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the City Council is set to vote on the purchase of 60 cameras that could be worn on various parts of the body, including the head or shoulder. The vote is scheduled during a regular Tuesday council meeting.

Politics
7:03 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Demonstrators Ask McCrory to Stop New Abortion Bill

wral.com

Abortion-rights advocates have returned to the Executive Mansion to urge North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to block a bill that would extend the waiting period for the procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood and other groups held a news conference Monday across from the governor's home. The measure approved by the House and now in the Senate also requires doctors to give regulators more details about certain abortions performed.

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