Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'

Updated at 5 p.m. ET House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Ryan may have...

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UPDATED 3/24/2017 4:45 PM

Republican leaders in the U.S. House have pulled the American Health Care Act from the floor after failing to round up enough votes within their own caucus.

Had the bill passed, Americans would have no longer been required to buy health insurance, and it would have eliminated the current subsidies that are used to bring down the cost of premiums.

NPR and dozens of member stations collected public statements from members of Congress to help the public understand where lawmakers stood on this issue.

Snow Causes Flight Delays; Icy Roads Possible Monday

Mar 12, 2017

The Charlotte Observer

The first measurable March snowfall in eight years left about 2 inches of snow in the Charlotte area before tapering off around 10:30 a.m.

Two prosecutors are gone from the Catawba County District Attorney’s office following allegations that they derailed criminal investigations into abuse by leaders of a church they attend.

In announcing the shakeup, District Attorney David Learner says he “cannot allow the integrity of the office to be called into question.”

Julius Peppers Returning Home To Carolina Panthers

Mar 10, 2017
Julius Peppers
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

CharlotteObserver.com

Former Carolina Panthers defensive end and future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers is returning to where it all started.

The former two-sport star at UNC and North Carolina native has agreed to terms with the Panthers. His agent, Carl Carey, tweeted a picture of Peppers Friday taken the night the Panthers drafted him No. 2 overall in 2002, with the message, “Headed Home.”

GOP Voters In Charlotte Evaluate Trump's Time In Office So Far

Mar 10, 2017

North Carolina voted for Trump in the presidential election. Rachel Martin traveled to Charlotte, a blue city in a red state, to check in with Republicans to see how they think the president is doing.

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The North Carolina House has passed a trio of new bills that would limit the powers of Governor Roy Cooper. Two of these bills would revoke the governor's authority to fill judicial vacancies. Reporter Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to discuss. 

Gypsum (foreground) and coal stored at Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman.
David Boraks / WFAE

For the first time since 2011, Duke Energy customers in North Carolina will see higher bills if state regulators approve a rate increase request filed this week.  

Michael Regan
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

A federal appeals court has granted a request by the state Department of Environmental Quality to withdraw its legal challenge to former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The move comes amid a changing of the guard in both Raleigh and Washington, where the Trump administration has said it plans to cancel the rules.

Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded
Stephen Voss for NPR

Three-and-a-half years ago, a dash board camera recorded an encounter leading up to CMPD officer Randall Kerrick shooting and killing a young, unarmed black man named Jonathan Ferrell. Shortly after, then CMPD police chief Rodney Monroe described it this way:

"As the officer approached him, just to determine if he's in fact the individual, what's going on," Monroe says. "He immediately, runs toward an officer. At the same time, the officer tries to retreat, while at the same time firing his weapon."

CMPD charged Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter. A year later, a judge declared a mistrial in the case.  The jury viewed that video and came to different conclusions. A new season of the NPR podcast Embedded explores that case and why police video is rarely conclusive. NPR's All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers also hosts Embedded. The new season begins today.  She joined WFAE's Marshall Terry.

Traffic safety experts will study crashes along I-77 north of Charlotte, where workers are building toll lanes. The state Department of Transportation also says it’s considering changes in the work zones, including lower speed limits.

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A Surprising Season: Once More With Orzo

Mar 17, 2017
Orzo with wild rice
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Lately the weather has been see-sawing between winter and summer, then back to winter. Just as we’re ready to ease into longer days and lighter fare, here comes another arctic blast that makes us want to cup our hands around a bowl of something steaming.

It’s the perfect time for orzo, that short, little pasta that’s shaped like long grains of rice. It’s truly adaptable, pairing well with most anything from artichokes to zucchini.

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