5:26 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Greensboro Fights Legislature's Plan to Revamp City Council

Greensboro News & Record

 Greensboro officials are hiring a law firm to fight a bid by legislative Republicans to restructure some city council members out of a job.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports city officials hired the Brooks Pierce firm to lobby lawmakers against the legislation and help form a legal strategy if the fight goes to court.

The legislation would reduce the size of Greensboro's city council, redraw districts and strip the mayor's vote in most circumstances.

4:03 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Their Words: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
Mountain XPress

We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess.  WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted.  Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County.  We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.

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5:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Cooper Would Veto Religious Exemption Bills if NC Governor

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Gary Robertson/Associated Press via wral.com

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday he supports requiring North Carolina police to wear body cameras and rejects proposals allowing public officials and potentially businesses to cite religion for declining to serve gay couples.

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1:58 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Brian Turner

Rep. Brian Turner (D-Buncombe)
William Woody/Asheville Citizen-Times

This week, state lawmakers are on their version of spring break, and many local legislators are home.  That gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the current session with many of them.  We reached out to members of both parties, and will air excerpts from the interviews in the order they were conducted.  We start today with Representative Brian Turner.  He’s a Democrat representing Buncombe County.  The first-term legislator scored an upset win over Tim Moffitt in November’s election, one among just a few bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise tough election cycle.   

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5:45 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects NC Appeal on Election Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building
Mark Wilson/Getty Images via npr.org

The Supreme Court has passed up an early chance to review a contested North Carolina election law that opponents say limits the ability of African-Americans to cast ballots.

The high court intervened in October to order that the law remain in effect for the fall elections after a lower court ruling blocking part of the law.

5:57 am
Fri April 3, 2015

A Legislative Overview as Lawmakers Head Home for Spring Break

Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

The General Assembly has begun a rare spring recess.  Lawmakers acted upon dozens of bills before leaving Raleigh yesterday for the Easter weekend and taking next week off. They'll get back to formal business on the week of April 13, although some legislators will return sooner to work on budget matters.  Barely a dozen bills have become law or await Governor Pat McCrory's signature since the session began.

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8:56 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

NC Lawmakers Say Vaccination Requirement Changes Dead

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) co-sponsored the bill on vaccination
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

Three lawmakers say their proposal to update North Carolina's childhood vaccination regimen and eliminate an immunization exemption on religious grounds is dead less than two weeks after their bill was filed.

The state senators announced Wednesday their measure has already reached a dead-end in the two-year session after hearing "serious concerns" from constituents and other citizens.

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8:49 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lawmakers Give Final OK to More Local Government Changes

Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

The North Carolina legislature has reworked the boundaries for Wake County's governing board and how its commissioners are elected.

The House approved Wednesday a Senate measure largely on party lines. The Senate already approved the bill that was written by Republicans.

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8:44 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

NC House Bill Extends Abortion Wait Time to 72 Hours

Abortion rights supporters outside the General Assembly in Raleigh
Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images via Huffington Post

Some North Carolina lawmakers want to place more restrictions upon abortion — particularly who can perform them and how long a woman must wait before undergoing the procedure.

The House measure filed Wednesday by four Republicans comes on top of changes to abortion laws in 2011 and 2013 approved by the GOP-led legislature.

8:39 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Incentives Gap Narrow as NC Lost Mercedes HQ to Georgia

Mercedes HQ in Montvale, NJ

North Carolina officials are looking back at a second failed effort to attract a major car-maker's American headquarters as the state tries to lure Volvo Cars' first-ever U.S. assembly plant.

Documents newly released by the state Commerce Department show North Carolina lost out in January when luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz announced it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia.

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