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11:46 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Chaotic Scene as UNC Board Votes Unanimously To Close Centers Over Student Protests

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Jeff Tiberii/WUNC

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.

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Politics
7:46 am
Fri February 27, 2015

UNC Board May Disband Poverty Center Led By Sharp GOP Critic

Gene Nichol
Credit UNC Law School via WUNC

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.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senator Tom Tillis Votes No on A.G. Nominee

Senator Tom Tillis
Credit thomtillis.com

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.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NCDOT Secretary Promoting Book as State Deals With Snow

NC Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Public Press

N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was in Chicago touting a book as his department's work crews scrambled to treat roads covered by a surprise snowfall.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports Tata appeared on CNN Tuesday to talk about his new military thriller.

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8:36 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NC House Republicans File Awaited Recruiting Measure

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

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.

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7:04 am
Tue February 24, 2015

NC Senate Passes Gay Marriage 'Opt-out' Bill

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Eden)
AP/Gerry Broome

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.

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Politics
9:02 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Annual 'Mass Moral March' Brings Thousands to Raleigh

wral.com

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.

Politics
9:16 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Ex-Magistrate Sues Court Officials Over Same-Sex Marriages

wbhm.org

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.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Economists Predict $271M NC Gov't Shortfall This Year

Legislative Building in Raleigh
Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

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.

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8:12 am
Wed February 11, 2015

SEANC Director Resigns Amid Questions About His Spending

Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, speaks during a 2011 news conference in front of the N.C. Legislative Building.
2011 NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

The longtime executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina has resigned amid questions about possible financial improprieties at the group.

Dana Cope announced his departure Tuesday, saying he had blurred the line between his personal life and his professional life.

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