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Bill advances to outlaw teaching of Critical Race Theory

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The exclusive teaching of Critical Race Theory in public school classrooms would be outlawed under a bill making its way through the N.C. Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: race | First Amendment cases | racial equality | 2021 Legislative session | Critical Race Theory

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'No RINO here,' Edwards says of conservative voting award

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"No RINO here," state Sen. Chuck Edwards says of his fourth consecutive “Conservative Excellence Award,” bestowed by the American Conservative Union Foundation based on voting records of legislators.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck Edwards | 2021 Legislative session

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Senate to roll out $3 billion capital spending plan

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RALEIGH — State Senate leaders will propose spending $3 billion over the next two years on capital and infrastructure projects. That money is part of a larger 10-year, $12 billion “cash” plan tied to the Senate’s budget.   Read Story »

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Moffitt's ABC reform bills advance

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RALEIGH — Several bills to help N.C. distillers and to loosen alcohol regulation in the state are moving through the General Assembly. Some have progressed to the floor, of both or one of the bodies, while others are mired in committee.   Read Story »

Tags: alcohol laws | liquor laws | ABC stores | 2021 Legislative session

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Legislature, Cooper diverge on how to spend extra $6 billion

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RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected more than $6 billion in state taxes than was originally forecast in May 2020 by state economists, the Legislature's official forecasting operation said.   Read Story »

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Senate passes bill to open personnel records

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RALEIGH — A bill to provide more transparency to the public regarding performance and disciplinary records of government employees moved one step closer to becoming law Monday evening as House Bill 64, Government Transparency Act of 2021, passed its third reading in the N.C. Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: Gov. Roy Cooper | 2021 Legislative session | Senate Bill 355 | government transparency | Government Transparency Act of 2021

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Rep. Moffitt aims to increase pay for caregivers of people with disabilities

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North Carolina Health News In 2004, two weeks after her high school graduation, Brittany Stone was driving to pick up her younger sister from vacation Bible school during a storm. She hit a pothole and lost control of her vehicle. In the accident, she suffered a traumatic brain injury.   Read Story »

Tags: nursing homes | Medicaid | Tim Moffitt | long-term care facilities | 2021 Legislative session

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NC Senate votes to ban abortions based on race, gender or Down syndrome

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RALEIGH — Jaden Ng, 13, and her family sat in the gallery on Thursday morning to watch the N.C. Senate vote to ban abortions sought based on the likelihood of Down syndrome, the condition Jaden has had her entire life.   Read Story »

Tags: 2021 Legislative session | abortion

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Legislative leaders agree on budget number

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RALEIGH — With the end of the state’s fiscal year just three weeks away, the N.C. House and Senate have reached a deal for the next budget.   Read Story »

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Bill promoting litter cleanup advances

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A bipartisan bill aimed at helping clean up North Carolina’s roadways passed the House Transportation Committee last week.   Read Story »

Tags: litter | Jake Johnson | 2021 Legislative session | Keep Henderson County Beautiful

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Cooper seeks Medicaid expansion, $4.7 billion for infrastructure

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper introduced a $55.9 billion budget proposal on Wednesday, March 24, that includes many of the goals he’s had since taking office. But this time he claims they’re needed due to the Covid pandemic.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | 2021 Legislative session

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Covid relief spending boosts N.C. budget forecast

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RALEIGH — The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast.   Read Story »

Tags: local government budgets | 2021 Legislative session | 2021-22 local budget

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Repairing damage from remote learning on Legislature's plate

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It might be a new year, but remote learning isn’t over.   Read Story »

Tags: N.C. General Assembly | coronavirus schools | covid-19 Cooper | virtual school | 2021 Legislative session