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Possible name changes for campuses are no longer part of a senate bill that would drastically cut tuition at five UNC system schools and fix tuition at others.

Every so often the idea comes up of putting the UNC moniker on the names of state universities that struggle with enrollment. That happened to UNC-Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University, in 1996.

This bill had many alums of some of the state's historically black universities worried their school's name would disappear. But the bill's sponsor Tom Apodaca says the bill no longer deals with the naming of schools.

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The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has denied Tesla Motors' application to sell its electric cars at a new store near Charlotte. 

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate has big plans for teacher pay. Today Senate Leader Phil Berger laid out an ambitious proposal which would far exceed the roughly 4 percent in raises the House passed last week. But there’s a big question left unanswered.

When it comes to teacher pay, the North Carolina House budget falls short for Governor Pat McCrory.

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House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 86-25 to approve a bill that would change the rules for Duke Energy’s cleanups of coal ash across the state. It’s a controversial bill that has drawn the opposition of Gov. Pat McCrory and state regulators.  

Crafting CMS's student assignment plan will be a two-year process. The board released a timeline Tuesday that shows CMS will first find ways to increase students' access to magnet schools and programs. At Tuesday's board meeting, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said that accomplishes several things. 

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County Commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.

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The Charlotte Chamber reports the number of businesses interested in Mecklenburg County has declined substantially. The reason? North Carolina’s controversial law affecting LGBT people. The Chamber is trying to increase pressure on state lawmakers and city council members to make changes.

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Duke Energy has signed another deal to buy natural gas recycled from hog waste in eastern North Carolina. The utility is working with Optima KV, which will install waste processing equipment at farms in Duplin County, where Smithfield Farms produces pork.  

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CMS board members have long discussed a new student assignment plan, but only in broad terms. Soon, things are going to get specific as they begin coming up with an actual plan. Michael Alves is the consultant who's going to help the board do that, charging $135,000 to do so. 

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Charlotte City Council last night was expected to cast a symbolic vote on whether to repeal recently-passed LGBT protections. Council approved those protections in February as part of an expansion of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, but they were rendered moot by House Bill 2.

A symbolic repeal was portrayed as a way forward, a sign of good faith which would spur North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature to modify House Bill 2.

But the vote was pulled from the council agenda at the last minute. End of story, right? Not even close.

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