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This is expected to be the final week of the current session of the North Carolina legislature and the House Monday is scheduled to vote on a bill that would put on the fall ballot a question on making a photo ID requirement to vote part of the state constitution.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is officially on hiatus for the next three months, as long as the courts or a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper doesn't force them back.

Twenty new laws go into effect Friday in North Carolina. They include “Britny’s Law,” named after 22-year-old Britny Puryear. She was shot and killed by her boyfriend, who had a history of abuse, at their Fuquay-Varina apartment in 2014. The law makes it easier for prosecutors to pursue a first-degree murder charge in a case involving domestic violence if a defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction or a conviction of stalking the victim.    

A federal court is going through with plans to hire an outside expert to redraw several North Carolina legislative districts because judges are concerned Republican lawmakers earlier this year did not fix problems involving racial bias found in some boundaries. An order from a three-judge panel Wednesday appointed a Stanford University law professor to redraw two Senate and seven House districts by December 1. 

When’s the last time you checked your newspaper for a public notice?  Those are ads in the classified section that let you know about things like public hearings or a request for government bids. In North Carolina, local municipalities are required to pay to post them in newspapers. Many state lawmakers like Republican Representative Chuck McGrady say it’s not worth it for taxpayers since, they say, the internet and social media make it easy to spread the word.   

  Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 both rallied near the legislature Monday, as lawmakers returned for the new session. And as they returned, four Democratic representatives introduced a bill to repeal the controversial law.

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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.