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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7:03 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Requests for NC Public Records Results in Long Waits, Fees

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation of his public safety secretary after only six months on the job.

The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story.

In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary.

Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting.

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10:59 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Tillis Visits Prison at Guantanamo, Says It Should Stay Open


U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says he thinks the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open after traveling to the site.

Tillis said he visited the base this week with four other freshmen Republican senators. For 13 years, the base has been a detention camp to hold terrorism suspects after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tillis says Guantanamo holds some of the most heinous and evil criminals of our time and still plays a key role in protecting America from terrorism.

Tillis vowed to make sure the base stays open.

8:29 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Bills to Retool 2 Large Local NC Governments Head to House

Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Bills that rework district boundaries and representation on two large North Carolina local governments are heading to the House after their final OKs by the Senate.

Senators voted Thursday for the two measures filed by Republicans that change the structure of the Wake County board of commissioners and Greensboro city council. There was no floor debate Thursday compared to intense discussion Wednesday, when the bills passed initially on party-line votes.

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