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A bill establishing a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits in North Carolina has been approved by a state Senate committee.

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The North Carolina House took a final vote Tuesday on a measure that would redraw judicial electoral districts in Mecklenburg and Wake counties. It passed 70-45, with no Democrats voting for it.

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The towns of Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill only need state house approval now to get the ability to operate their own charter schools. The Senate gave final approval to House Bill 514 Monday night.

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More building safety and campus police officer requirements for North Carolina's public schools would occur if a bill that cleared one chamber of the General Assembly on Monday becomes law.

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Republican lawmakers are advancing fragments of a statewide remapping of North Carolina's judicial election districts in hopes of passing them before candidate filing for judges begins in just over two weeks.

Workers installed beams in late April for a new bridge over I-77 near LaSalle Street near uptown Charlotte.
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Two state transportation policy changes — affecting light rail projects and the I-77 toll lanes — could become law as part of the state budget that passed the legislature Friday.  

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The North Carolina Senate is expected to take a final vote on the $24 billion state budget today.  The House will take up the plan today as well.  The budget, which includes a 6.5 percent average raise for teachers among other items, would take effect July 1.

North Carolina legislators have taken another step toward redrawing judicial election districts, although the changes would only apply in Mecklenburg County.  A Senate elections committee Tuesday voted to create eight identical election districts for the county’s superior and district court seats.  Voters in each district ultimately would elect one Superior Court judge and two or three District Court judges.   

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Republican state lawmakers have released their proposed adjustments to the current two-year North Carolina budget.

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Ninth district Congressman Robert Pittenger wants an apology from Mark Harris before endorsing him in the general election.

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