Josh Stein

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
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North Carolina's Attorney General says he is expanding an investigation into the role drug manufacturers may have played in the rising opioid crisis.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general on Thursday responded to budget cuts imposed by Republican lawmakers by laying off about 9 percent of his agency's attorneys and telling local prosecutors they'll have to take over more courtroom tasks.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel and immigration ban.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

Democrat Josh Stein and Republican Buck Newton are vying for the open seat left by Attorney General Roy Cooper who stepped down to run for governor.

2016 Attorney General candidates Josh Stein and Buck Newton (right)
NC Legislature

The two candidates in this year's race for attorney general have held highly influential positions in the General Assembly. 

Democrat Josh Stein is the former minority whip in the state Senate from Raleigh. He also served as an attorney in the state Justice Department.

Buck Newton is a current state Senator from Wilson who was instrumental in writing the language of the law known as HB2.

Photo: Hundreds of supporters of the controversial House Bill 2 gathered outside the state capitol building on Monday.
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Hundreds of supporters of the controversial North Carolina law that prevents cities from expanding rights for gay and transgender people gathered outside the state capitol building on Monday, cheering Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislators who wrote the law.

NC Legislative Building
Dave DeWitt

After a 15-hour day at the legislature, Senators voted this morning to pass the $21.3 billion state spending plan. 

Senators didn't leave the legislative building until about 1 a.m. They were determined to make a final vote on the budget and wrap up any loose ends before heading home. 

But they'll be back soon enough. They're expected to return in a couple of weeks to take up any possible vetoes from the Governor. Then, they'll be back in November to pick up at least two bills they didn't finish.