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A meeting and a strange memo were brought up again and again by state lawmakers Wednesday. The members of a joint legislative commission were looking into how and why a Charlotte businessman and McCrory campaign donor was awarded $3 million in state prison contracts. 

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Some will see it as a prudent move, others guilt by association. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced he has asked the federal government to cease resettling Syrian refugees in North Carolina. He was one of at least 23 governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina, to do so.

But are refugees really a threat?

For many there are two moments that define how they feel about Syrian refugees. They both deal with death.

The governor signing the North Carolina budget into law, as McCrory did on Friday, usually signals the end the state legislative session. But North Carolina’s House and Senate are back in session this week.

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House Speaker Tim Moore sent out an optimistic tweet Thursday morning: A budget deal was imminent and would be announced in the afternoon or Friday morning. Moore ended his day with another tweet: "Stay tuned."

North Carolina’s state budget is now 73 days overdue. And lawmakers have just seven more days to either pass a budget, or another temporary spending measure to keep state government running. Host Duncan McFadyen and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss the latest on the budget negotiations.

After 72 days of waiting, negotiating and the passing of three resolutions to keep North Carolina government funded, lawmakers in Raleigh say a budget deal is imminent. And some details of that deal are becoming clear. Host Mark Rumsey talks with WFAE's Tom Bullock about what early budget details have emerged.

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North Carolina state lawmakers have given themselves yet more time to pass the state’s budget. Wednesday, the House and Senate passed another continuing resolution which keeps the state funded through September 18.

It’s been a week since Governor Pat McCrory announced a number, a big one actually, $21.74 billion. That is how big North Carolina’s budget will be when it’s finalized. This was billed as a major breakthrough in negotiations between the House and Senate, who have very different spending plans for the state. So are they ready to sing in harmony yet?

A budget deal requires the House and Senate to sing a kind of fiscal duet with an agreed upon framework as their guide. In that spirit, Republican Representative Chuck McGrady serves as my partner as I talk through a couple numbers.

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The North Carolina Senate has rolled out what they call a compromise sales tax and job incentives bill. This comes a day after the provisions were removed from the senate’s proposed budget.

The senate’s plans to redistribute sales tax by population and their frugal take on economic development funds were never greeted warmly by either the House or the Governor. They were removed from the budget in hopes that would help jumpstart budget negotiations which have been plodding along now for weeks.

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There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school.

Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.

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A bill making it easier to buy and carry handguns and a measure potentially making it easier to resume the death penalty were passed by the North Carolina Senate Monday night.