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Lawmakers at the General Assembly have adjourned for the year. The longest session since 2001 concluded at 4:18 Wednesday morning. An almost all-night session included passage of bills related to immigration, environmental regulations, and technical corrections to thousands of pages of legislation passed since January. Reema Khrais and Jeff Tiberii of WUNC review some of the last-minute politicking.

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The North Carolina Senate has given its tentative approval for the state’s budget. Tuesday's vote was along party lines, 33-16. But the debate didn’t focus on money.

With the pending U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage expected, and the issue of whether North Carolina magistrate’s should be allowed a ‘religious objection’ to performing same-sex marriages, the culture wars over social issues are still being fought in earnest.

Republican lawmakers in the state House are considering a controversial bill that would loosen North Carolina's gun laws. It would ban doctors from asking patients in writing whether they have a gun at home. And it would eliminate a requirement for people to get a permit before they can buy a hand gun. As Jorge Valencia reports from WUNC, the plan to eliminate the permits has gotten strong reactions.