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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6:29 am
Wed April 1, 2015

NC Speaker Says 'Religious Freedom' Bill Will Be Scrutinized

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis on Monday, calling for the state House to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

The North Carolina House speaker says discussions over a "religious freedom" bill will slow to see if the legislation would harm the state's economy, especially in light of criticism over Indiana's new law.

Kings Mountain Republican Tim Moore talked to reporters Tuesday about proposals supporters argue protect the rights of business owners or individuals from carrying out laws they say make it hard to follow their religious beliefs. The issue usually revolves around gay marriage.

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6:56 am
Tue March 31, 2015

NC Governor Doesn't Like Religious Exemption Bills

Governor Pat McCrory
Chuck Burton/AP

 Governor Pat McCrory isn't backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who decline to perform certain marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses.

McCrory said Monday he wouldn't sign in its current form a Senate bill that allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to refuse to carry out marriage duties based on a "sincerely held religious objection." Gay-rights advocates say the measure upholds discrimination.

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6:17 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Updated: McCrory Signs Bill Adjusting NC Gas Taxes

David Schaper NPR

Updated Wednesday April 1st at 6:13 am 

The price at North Carolina pumps should soon drop a penny or two now that Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill finalizing gas tax changes.

McCrory announced Tuesday he had signed into law an incremental motor fuels tax decline within a couple of hours of the Senate and House voting for the bill's final approval.

The bill directs the gas tax drop from 37.5 cents per gallon to 36 cents starting Wednesday, then to 35 cents next January and 34 cents in July 2016. A new formula would take over in 2017.

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7:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

NC NAACP to Protest GOP Senators' Refusal to Support Lynch

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch
Ron Sachs DPA /Landov

 Protesters with the "Moral Monday" movement plan demonstrations at the home-state offices of North Carolina's U.S. senators to protest their opposition to President Obama's nominee to be the nation's next attorney general.

The North Carolina branch of the NAACP says it will hold protests Monday afternoon outside the Raleigh and Charlotte offices of U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. Protesters will also demonstrate outside the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in Wilmington.

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8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Medical Marijuana Bill Supporters Gather at NC Legislature

Jeff Barnard/AP

Supporters of the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina are trying to persuade lawmakers to back it now that more than 20 states have similar laws.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 100 people rallied Thursday at the Legislative Building for a medical cannabis law. Chief bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte says momentum is growing for the idea. There are 14 other bill co-sponsors. But the measure still faces an uphill climb in the House. It would have to clear five committees to reach the chamber floor.

8:09 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC House Elects 5 Newcomers, 3 Incumbents to UNC Board

UNC Board of Governors

The state House's picks to serve on the University of North Carolina governing board for the next four years include five newcomers and three incumbents.

The chamber elected eight people to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors, as it does every other year.

New members include former state Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd; ex-Rutherford County Sheriff Philip Byers; accountant Walter Davenport; attorney Joe Knott III; and land developer Alex Mitchell. Re-elected were James Holmes Jr., Mary Ann Maxwell and David Powers

The Senate picked eight members Wednesday.

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7:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NC Senate Elects 4 Incumbents, 4 New Members of UNC Board, Including Former Sen. Goolsby

Former NC Sen. Thom Goolsby

A former state senator, federal magistrate judge and president of an auto parts company are among the newest members of the University of North Carolina system's governing board.

The state Senate elected eight people Wednesday to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors for four-year terms starting July 1. The House is expected to hold its similar biennial election Thursday.

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11:31 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Sunshine Week: Call for Government Transparency

Sunshine Week began Sunday March 15th. To some the 15th is the Ides of March, to others it represents the annual push by media outlets and open-government advocates for transparency.  Recently, the On-Line Investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press surveyed 18 WNC counties about closed sessions held by their boards of commissioners.  David Hurand spoke with CPP reporter Jon Elliston.

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