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5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 9

North Carolina's Old State Capitol building.
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The North Carolina General Assembly is entering its fourth full week in session, and the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the central task of the season: the state’s budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

News Roundtable On The Latest From Legislature

NC House Chamber
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State lawmakers continue to plod forward on a budget in the short session while pushing policy changes on fracking, Common Core standards and coal ash clean-up.

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Politics & Government
8:09 am
Fri June 6, 2014

As NC Senate Considers Coal Ash Clean Up Options, State Environment Officials Defend Their Own Plan

Gov. Pay McCrory is pressuring the state Senate to come up with a coal ash cleanup plan.
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

Members of the North Carolina Senate took up the issue of coal ash clean up Thursday. They heard the first public presentation of how the governor wants to address possible contamination from coal ash ponds across the state.

But before we get into the governor’s plan, here's the story of Sherry Gobble and why coal ash might be a problem.

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Economic Development Partnership Bill Advances In Legislature

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A bill that would create a public-private economic development enterprise tentatively passed the House today. The measure would create a nonprofit corporation that would contract with the state Department of Commerce to attract companies and promote trade and tourism.

Republican Representative Marilyn Avila  addressed the bill's sponsor, Republican representative Tom Murry, saying she thinks the idea will help grow North Carolina's economy.

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Politics & Government
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

NC General Assembly Summary: Wednesday, June 4

Gov. Pat McCrory signing the Energy Modernization Act at NC State University's College of Engineering building.
Credit Jorge Valencia

It was a busy day in state government. Gov. Pat McCrory signed a much-anticipated and much-debated law that will allow natural gas mining companies to start drilling in the state next year, the Senate returned to the Capitol since finalizing the chamber’s budget proposal just past midnight on Saturday, and the national Common Core standards are continuing to unravel. Here’s a digest of the day in government:

Fracking In NC

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Governor Expresses Dissatisfaction with Senate Budget Writers' Medicaid Plan

Governor Pat McCrory surrounded by physicians at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.

Governor Pat McCrory held a news conference yesterday at the executive mansion to talk about one thing in particular he doesn’t like in the Senate budget proposal- turning Medicaid services over to a managed care organization. The governor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, hospital organizations and physicians are against the idea.

Governor McCrory held the news conference in a secluded garden at the executive mansion. Dozens of doctors wearing their long white coats gathered on the brick steps behind him.

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Politics & Government
6:41 am
Wed June 4, 2014

NC General Assembly Summary: Tuesday, June 4

North Carolina's Old Capitol building (background) and the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (foreground)
Credit Jorge Valencia

The State House of Representatives is putting together its budget proposal. Here's a summary of that story and others from the General Assembly on Tuesday:

Members of the House are focusing on their budget proposal for the fiscal year. Yesterday, they had their first formal public hearings on subjects like transportation, health care and education. They’ll likely be busy with these deliberations through next week.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Discourage Patent Trolls

Credit Jessica Jones

State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that seeks to deter the practice of bringing unfounded patent claims against companies in order to win settlements.

House Bill 1032 passed unanimously Tuesday afternoon. Republican representative Tom Murry is the measure's primary sponsor.

"[The bill] will add a new section to the unfair and deceptive trade practices statute in North Carolina to go after what we call patent trolls," says Murry.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

NC Journalists Remember Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later

Scott Savitt

Chinese troops and a wall of tanks started advancing on protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 3, 1989.

By the next day, hundreds were dead and countless more wounded. They were students, professors, and other civilians fighting for government reform. And some were soldiers, who had been given permission to open fire on the thousands who had occupied the square for more than a month. 

In the 25 years since the conflict, China has experienced rapid growth under a government that the Communist Party still controls.

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Politics & Government
7:59 am
Tue June 3, 2014

11 Protesters Cited For Trespassing Outside Gov. McCrory's Office

The 11 protesters who were cited for trespassing at the Old North Carolina State Capitol, and the NC-NAACP's Rev. William Barber (back center), gave speeches on the building's doorstep after they were released.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Eleven protesters who said they wanted to personally ask Gov. Pat McCrory to overturn Republican government policies received trespassing citations for refusing to leave the Old North Carolina State Capitol building after it closed on Monday afternoon.

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