Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Lawmakers Discuss Midwifery Bill

Lawmakers discussed a bill yesterday that would allow midwives who are not certified nurses to practice midwifery in the state.

Jessica Jones: Under current state law, only certified nurse midwives are allowed to deliver babies, and they must do so under a doctor's supervision. But surrounding states allow non-nurse midwives to practice. Democratic Representative Becky Carney is a sponsor of the measure.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. House Lifts Beach Driving Restrictions

A bill that would re-open parts of Cape Hatteras to vehicles has passed the U.S. House.

Gurnal Scott: The legislation includes North Carolina congressman Walter Jones' bill lifting restrictions on access. The Federal Lands and Water Projects Bill overturns National Park Service rules keeping off-road vehicle traffic from a large part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Congressman Jones says this bill will have a positive effect on one of the state's top tourist areas.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Thu June 14, 2012

No Re-Trial For Edwards

John Edwards will not face another criminal trial on charges of alleged campaign finance violations.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Changes Coming To UNC Board Of Governors

The latest round of UNC system Board of Governors meetings start today. The meetings may get heated, as the Board weighs in on an academic scandal and elects new leaders.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

ACLU Sues State Over Adoption Restrictions

ACLU lawyer Elizabeth Gill speaks in front of same-sex couples at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.
Jeff Tiberii

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit in Greensboro seeking expanded adoption rights for same-sex couples.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bill Rewriting Racial Justice Act Passes House

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would rewrite the state's Racial Justice Act.

Jessica Jones: House lawmakers passed the controversial measure by a veto-proof 72 to 47 after a long debate yesterday afternoon. The bill would narrow the use of statistics that death row inmates could use to show that racial bias was a factor in their cases. It would also narrow the time frame inmates could use to prove bias. House Majority Leader Paul Stam is a sponsor of the bill.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Food Stamp Service Interrupted in Guilford County

Thousands of residents in Guilford County have been without food stamps for several weeks.

Jeff Tiberii: Problems started last month when the county department of social services began using a new software program. Steve Hayes with social services says there were significant delays in processing, applications and re-certifications.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

House Tentatively Passes Budget

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a 20.1 billion dollar spending plan as part of this year’s budget adjustment. The Republican-penned plan spends about 127 million dollars less than the House plan approved last month.

Jessica Jones: Republican Richard Stevens is the co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As he addressed his fellow senators earlier today, Stevens said the good news about these last few days of the fiscal year is that almost every department has stayed within its budget.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

State Senate Releases Version Of Budget

State Senate leaders have unveiled their budget proposal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger says the $20.1 billion-dollar plan contains adjustments that allow more money to be replaced in medicaid. But the Senate version spends nearly $130 million dollars less than the House budget on education. One place the Senate budget does spend money is on the Republican's Excellence in Public Schools Act that Berger sponsored.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Bill Advances That Would Strip Racial Justice Act

A bill that would strip away much of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act passed a state House panel today.

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