Pat McCrory

North Carolina General Assembly

 State Senate Leader Phil Berger says he doesn’t envision any changes to House Bill 2 during the short session that begins Monday, including one revision requested by Gov. Pat McCrory. He also said he’ll push for a 2 percent state budget increase, including another round of teacher raises.

As backlash against House Bill 2 continues to mount, Governor Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday in his second interview since signing the new controversial law.

Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd, McCrory said he didn’t believe it was up to the government to decide bathroom or non-discrimination policies for private businesses, and said the Charlotte city council had overreached when it passed the city’s non-discrimination ordinance in February.

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Three weeks ago, Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law. At the time he wrote “this bill does not change existing rights under state or federal law.”

On Tuesday, McCrory walked back that statement a bit and is now calling for a section of the controversial law to be repealed. It’s all part of an executive order issued by McCrory. But in reality, the measure doesn’t accomplish all that much.

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Raleigh Monday to show their approval of the controversial House Bill 2. It was the biggest public demonstration in support of a law that has garnered widespread criticism. WUNC's Jorge Valencia reports.

Governor Pat McCrory wants North Carolina to increase its spending on substance use disorders, Medicaid and prekindergarten. Those are among the budget priorities McCrory laid out in Raleigh on Monday.


"The economic repercussions are threatened and real." That was the first line of a press release from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce put out Tuesday after PayPal ended plans to bring 400 jobs to Charlotte.

The move was in response to House Bill 2, which the company sees as discriminatory. For Charlotte, the loss of PayPal is tangible. But for North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers, the move has barely registered. And they’re now portraying PayPal as the kind of company nobody should deal with.

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  The state Coal Ash Management Commission has quietly closed up shop, after Governor Pat McCrory won a battle with lawmakers over its legality. The news comes as the state seeks comments on proposed ratings for Duke Energy’s coal ash sites - something the commission was supposed to oversee.  

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Two years ago, 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled near Duke Energy’s Dan River plant in Eden, North Carolina.  That prompted new state rules and forced Duke to speed coal ash cleanups there and at other old coal plants, including Riverbend near Charlotte.  Some environmentalists support Duke's approach, while others are fighting it. WFAE environmental reporter David Boraks has been visiting some of these sites and has this report.

North Carolina is continuing to fight new EPA rules that limit carbon emissions from power plants. Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Wednesday night the state has joined 27 other states in asking the US Supreme Court to delay the Clean Power Plan, while the states challenge the rules in court.

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Candidate filing is over and the fields are set for the 2016 elections in North Carolina. For some voters north of Charlotte, one issue rises above all others: the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77. How will it affect results? WFAE’s David Boraks talked to voters and experts.