8:23 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Charlotte Rejects LGBT Anti-Discrimination Proposal

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte has rejected a measure protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

City Council voted Monday night against expanding the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity to a list of protected groups. It also would have prohibited discrimination based on someone's marital and familial status.

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9:56 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Barber Says NC Gov's Wait on Insurance Expansion Bad Excuse

Rev. William Barber
Bob Geary via indyweek.com

The head of North Carolina's NAACP says Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to wait until at least summer before deciding whether to propose expanding health coverage to more uninsured people is a bad excuse not to act.

The Rev. William Barber said Monday that McCrory and legislative leaders keep "stonewalling" on Medicaid expansion.

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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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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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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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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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9:02 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Annual 'Mass Moral March' Brings Thousands to Raleigh


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.

9:16 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Ex-Magistrate Sues Court Officials Over Same-Sex Marriages


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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