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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.

Area advocates and supporters of the Constitutional right of same sex couples to marry are hailing the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in support of same sex marriage. David Hurand spoke with Campaign for Southern Equality spokesman Aaron Sarver and the groups attorney Meghann Burke about today's  ruling. 

The Republican controlled State Senate is at odds with the Republican controlled House over the details of a new fiscal  year state budget.  The  two chambers are attempting to work out their differences but its unlikely a budget agreement will be reached by July 1.  The key players are Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate Pro-tem Phil Berger.  The third most important lawmaker is fellow Republican, Tom Apodaca of Henderson County.  Charlotte Observer Political reporter Jim Morrill recently authored a profile of Apodaca.  Morrill spoke with David Hurand.

Jon Ostendorff/Asheville Citizen-Times

Todd Williams has served as Buncombe County's District Attorney for about six months now, after defeating the long-time DA Ron Moore.  Williams stopped by WCQS for a conversation with Jeremy Loeb about how the job's been going, about issues facing Buncombe County, and about several initiatives he's been working on. 

Asheville Mayor No Fan of Senate Sales Tax Plan

Jun 23, 2015
Max Cooper/Mountain XPress

State lawmakers in the House and Senate are trying to reconcile two competing budget plans.  The Senate plan includes a change to the way sales taxes are distributed to favor rural counties over more urban ones like Wake, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb spoke with Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer about what the plan would mean for Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.   They also touched on the city budget and county room tax. 


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.