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Politics & Government
9:37 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Raleigh Hit With High Costs For Moral Mondays Arrests

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
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The cost of policing Moral Mondays is growing, and some aren't happy about who is picking up the bill.  Usually, protests on state property are handled by the State Capitol Police and the General Assembly Police.  But since a 2011 budget cut, state capitol police have been down 40 staff members—almost half the force.

State Police Chief Glenn Allen says the cut limits what his force can do.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Tax Plan Tentatively Passes House and Senate

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A tax plan agreed upon by legislative leaders and the governor has tentatively passed the state Senate, just hours after tentatively passing the House.

The plan would reduce personal and corporate income tax rates, but, unlike an earlier proposal, it does not significantly broaden the sales tax base.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

North Carolina In National Spotlight

North Carolina legislative building
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A panel of experts share views and insight on the General Assembly and Moral Mondays

The happenings at the North Carolina General Assembly have put the state solidly in the national focus. Major network news stations, as well as the New York Times editorial board, have begun to point a finger at the state.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Fri July 12, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Regulate Clinics Providing Abortions

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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place more requirements on clinics that provide abortions in North Carolina.

While some legislators say the measure is not as restrictive as a similar bill passed in the Senate last week, abortion-rights advocates say this measure could seriously restrict womens’ access to the procedure.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

House Passes Abortion Bill 74-41

The House debated and passed SB 353 today.
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The State House has passed a bill imposing new restrictions on clinics that perform abortions. The bill passed 74-41. Republicans say the measure is meant to protect the health of women. Republican Jim Fulgium of Wake County is a physician. He says this legislation will provide the rules to protect a woman's health.

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Politics & Government
10:12 am
Thu July 11, 2013

UPDATE: House Passes Abortion Bill; A Look At Who Provides Abortions In NC

Protesters gathered outside the legislative building to protest the abortion bill passed by the Senate on July 3.
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There are a range of facilities in North Carolina where a woman can get an abortion: a stand-alone clinic, a physician’s office, an ambulatory surgical facility, a hospital, and a hospital-affiliated clinic or health center. According to a report released by the Guttmacher Institute in 2011, the most common abortion providers in the state are stand-alone clinics, which are licensed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Most clinics that provide abortions also offer a range of other services related to reproductive health.  In addition to clinics, all hospitals and obstetrics/gynecology doctors are legally licensed to perform abortions, although not all do.

How would House Bill 695 affect abortion providers in NC?

On July 3, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill (HB 695) that, if signed into law, would likely shut down all 15 clinics that provide abortions in the state. It would not affect the one abortion-performing ambulatory surgical center in Asheville, nor would it threaten hospitals or hospital-affiliated women’s health centers.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Their Own Abortion Bill In Committee

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House lawmakers have passed their own version of a bill to regulate abortion clinics in a committee meeting. This comes after Governor McCrory said he would veto a similar bill passed by the Senate.

The House's bill was worked into an unrelated measure and passed in a Judiciary committee meeting this morning. The new bill shares some features of a previously passed Senate measure that places tighter restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Impose New Standards On Abortion Clinics

Protesters gathered outside the legislative building to protest the abortion bill passed by the Senate Wednesday morning.
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A bill that would require abortion clinics in North Carolina to have the same building codes and standards as ambulatory surgery centers has received final approval from the state Senate.  All of Planned Parenthood's clinics in North Carolina would not meet those standards.

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Politics & Government
6:53 am
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate Tentatively Approves Stricter Abortion Regulations

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Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a measure that would require all abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.

The rules that would regulate abortion clinics were inserted Tuesday evening into another bill prohibiting the application of foreign laws in state courtrooms. The proposed regulations also include a measure requiring a physician to be present during an abortion. That could make it complicated for doctors to provide non-surgical abortions in which patients take pills to end a pregnancy.

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Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Senate Tentatively Passes Tax Plan

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Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively approved a bill that would cut personal income tax rates and phase out the corporate income tax.

It would set the personal income tax rate at 5.75 percent, and it would cap the gas tax rate for two years.

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