The UNC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to close 3 academic centers, including one headed by a staunch GOP critic. The vote came as protesters disrupted the meeting multiple times. The Board moved the meeting to a smaller room after chanting forced a recess. They then barred the protesters from entering, where, according to tweets from reporters on the scene, protesters banged on the doors demanding to be let back in. They also reportedly began reading from North Carolina's open meetings laws.
North Carolina's public university board is thinking about eliminating an anti-poverty center headed up by an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican lawmakers he accuses of doing too little to help the poor.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has sent Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to the full Senate, but without the support of Freshman North Carolina Senator Tom Tillis. Twelve committee members voted to support President Obama's choice to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, including three Republicans. But after praising the nominee, Tillis voted no. Lynch was born in Greensboro, went to high school in Durham, and if confirmed would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General.
House Republicans have rolled out an economic development package they hope will help Governor Pat McCrory recruit more companies and jobs to North Carolina.
The long-awaited measure filed Tuesday would increase the cap on what's now called the Job Development Investment Grant program, which makes payments to qualifying companies based on a portion of income taxes paid by hired workers.
Some North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties — including same-sex marriages — under legislation given the state Senate's approval.
The Senate voted 32-16 Wednesday for a bill giving magistrates and some register of deeds workers the ability to remove themselves from the process because of religious objections. The bill comes after federal judges' in October overturned North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
Thousands of people converged on North Carolina's capital to call on Republicans leading state government to reverse and repeal laws they say have abridged voting rights and denied Medicaid coverage to more working people.
The state NAACP and more than 100 advocacy groups staged the 9th annual "Moral March on Raleigh" on Saturday. Demonstrators came with a long list of grievances and demands, ranging from raising the minimum wage and the earned income tax credit. Abortion rights and gay rights activists also were represented.
One former and one current magistrate have filed a lawsuit against North Carolina court officials, claiming that being forced to preside over same-sex marriages violates their religious freedoms.
Media outlets report Charlie Smoak, who was a Moore County magistrate for 10 years, and another magistrate listed in the lawsuit as "Jane Doe" over fear that she might lose her job, are targeting the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Economists at the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration agree for now there will be a small shortfall this fiscal year relative to North Carolina's $21 billion state government budget.
They released a report Tuesday saying they anticipate the gap between actual and expected tax collections to be $271 million.