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Changes to North Carolina’s unemployment benefits today passed the first of two required votes in the state Senate. The bill raises a key requirement for those using benefits to remain on them.

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The North Carolina Senate passed what’s called a Taxpayers Bill of Rights Wednesday, despite the warnings of the state treasurer. 

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The toll lanes scheduled to be built along Interstate 77 have drawn the ire of public officials in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville. Those towns and the Mecklenburg County Commission have passed resolutions asking the Governor McCrory to delay or stop the project.

But McCrory isn’t impressed with their pleas.

“It’s ironic when I hear state senators and other local mayors and county commissioners, all of a sudden, 'Woe and behold, we’re reading if for the first time?' " McCrory said to Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins.

Asked if he supported the toll lanes, McCrory said, "I would not have been if they opposed it two years ago. I would have stopped it."


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The North Carolina Senate and House remain far apart on the next spending plan with less than a week before the current budget runs out. The two sides have been working on a stopgap to keep the government running, but they weren’t able to compromise there Thursday, either.


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North Carolina Senate leaders have unveiled their new plan to overhaul how the state distributes sales taxes and provides tax incentives to businesses. It gives a bit of ground from a March proposal that drew outcries from the governor, House lawmakers, the Charlotte Chamber, and city officials, but still contains the key elements of that earlier proposal. That includes a big hit to Mecklenburg County’s budget. 


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The process of legislating typically looks more like C-SPAN and less like ‘House of Cards,’ or other TV dramatizations of Washington. But the rules that govern Congress or the North Carolina General Assembly are both dense and malleable—occasionally you’ll see legislators exploit them in a way that seems made for TV. Below are some recent examples from the North Carolina Senate.

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The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that requires a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.

Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma's waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.

The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its proposed $22 billion budget for the state and the debate has begun.

Most of North Carolina’s local school boards are elected without any party labels attached to candidate’s names. But state lawmakers are now considering bills that would make elections for five school boards partisan. It’s something of a trend.


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Legislation in the North Carolina House would prohibit health care providers from asking patients if they own firearms. 

Dr. David Hill is a pediatrician in Wilmington. He says it’s important to ask about gun ownership because gun related death is among the top three causes of death for children in the U.S.

"There is evidence on counseling families on appropriate firearms storage can help reduce those deaths. So I ask about firearms for the same reason I ask about car seats and fire detectors," says Hill.

A House Judiciary committee discussed the bill Tuesday. It is now in the House Rules committee.

The bill states that gun owners are entitled to privacy. But Dr. Hill says that in an exam room, when the physician is with a patient that they have a duty to care for, the question of gun ownership should be allowed.

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