Updated Thursday, 4 p.m. 

The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill calling on NCDOT to cancel the I-77 widening project north of Charlotte. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Senate leaders have said they don't see a need to cancel the project.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the DOT have said they're committed to the $650 million contract with I-77 Mobility Partners, a subsidiary of Spain-based Cintra. The company started grading and other work last November.

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The number of private school vouchers North Carolina offers could rapidly increase, if senate leaders get their way. They want to grow the program by $120 million over the next twelve years. 

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Budgets are supposed to be focused on taxes and spending. But the North Carolina Senate has a reputation for sliding major policy changes into its spending plan. This year is no exception. It contains a plan for a major overhaul to a key water quality regulation. 

The state House and Senate on Tuesday both approved a revised bill that would update the 2014 law governing coal ash cleanups at Duke Energy's North Carolina plants. That sets up a battle with Gov. Pat McCrory, who calls the bill unnecessary and irresponsible and vows a veto. 

Charlotte Checkers

The Charlotte Checkers have a new head coach, Swedish-born Ulf Samuelsson. He played 16 years in the National Hockey League, and has now turned to coaching.

Kaiser Health News

In North Carolina, the two largest remaining insurance companies on the Obamacare exchange are requesting average premium increases of more than 18 percent.


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A bus driver and 14 students had minor injuries Tuesday morning when a Charlotte Mecklenburg school bus went off the road and nearly struck a house in east Charlotte.  

Harvard Graduate Student's Speech Resonates With Educators

May 31, 2016

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Donovan Livingston, whose speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's 2016 convocation exercises went viral.

N.C. Department of Transportation

The Monroe Expressway is expected to bring in significantly less toll revenue than the state previously projected, raising questions about the financial viability of the 20-mile toll highway under construction through Union County.

In 2010, the consultant Wilbur Smith Associates projected the $731 million highway would generate $3.15 billion in tolls over 40 years.

Earlier this month, a new projection by the consultant CDM Smith called for much less money – $2 billion by 2058.