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9:11 am
Thu August 1, 2013

NC Explainer: Voting Rights

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Big changes are coming to North Carolina's election laws. That's what we're focusing on this morning as part of our week-long look at some of the major bills state lawmakers passed this session.

Election experts say North Carolina passed some of the most sweeping voting changes in the country. It's a huge shift from our current election laws, from how many days you'll have to vote, to what you need to bring to cast a ballot to even how you can register. But let's start with when you can vote.

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9:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Explainer: Education Changes

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North Carolina laws are changing, from what you need to vote, to which clinics can provide abortions, to how teachers keep their jobs. The General Assembly passed many of the new laws last week at the very end of the legislative session. So every day this week, WFAE is examining some of the major changes. We've covered gun legislation and abortion regulations so far. This morning we focus on education.

There were a lot of new education changes that passed either in bills or through the budget. That includes getting rid of teacher tenure and including money for vouchers for kids to attend private schools. But some of those changes shouldn't be a surprise.

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9:25 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NC Explainer: Abortion Regulations

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This week, WFAE is taking a closer look at laws the North Carolina General Assembly passed during the session that ended last week. Yesterday, we examined gun legislation. Today, we're explaining the new abortion regulations.

This was controversial legislation, as abortion bills usually are. There were people upset about how it was attached to an unrelated bill. And then there's the content of the bill itself, which Governor McCrory signed Monday.

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9:55 am
Mon July 29, 2013

NC Explainer: Gun Legislation

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A wide variety of North Carolina laws are poised to change, including where you can carry guns, what you need to vote and which clinics can provide abortions.

The changes are the result of the legislative session that ended last week. It was the first in more than a century in which Republicans controlled both the General Assembly and the governor's mansion. And they shook things up.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

N.C. Budget Agreement Closes Prisons

North Carolina legislative leaders are budgeting for a smaller prison population. The budget agreement that the Senate and House are voting on this week would close five prisons.

North Carolina Director of Prisons George Solomon said it makes sense to close five prisons – there's plenty of room elsewhere.

"We have been running in excess somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,500 vacant beds for the last couple years since our population has declined," Solomon said.

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9:28 am
Mon July 22, 2013

N.C. House, Senate Leaders Reach Budget Agreement

North Carolina legislative leaders plan to get rid of tenure for teachers, overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, and compensate victims of the state’s defunct eugenics program. Those are a few details from the budget agreement that House and Senate leaders announced Sunday night.


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9:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Who's Happy, Mad And Meh On N.C. Tax Overhaul?

Taxes in North Carolina are going to change. The North Carolina House and Senate on Tuesday tentatively passed tax overhaul legislation, and Governor Pat McCrory says he'll sign it.

As lawmakers have considered multiple approaches to changing the state's tax system over the past few months, a variety of people and organizations have swooned over or screamed against the proposals.

So now that Republican leaders have agreed on a final plan, who loves it, who hates it, and who's mixed on it? 


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5:06 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

'Pay-To-Play' System For N.C. Business Incentives?

Governor Pat McCrory's plan to privatize part of the state Commerce Department could result in a pay-to-play system where some businesses get special treatment. That's the finding of a report the N.C. Budget and Tax Center released Monday.


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6:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Safety Expert Says N.C. Senate Bill Addresses Problems That Don't Exist

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday with new restrictions and regulations for abortion clinics. Republicans behind the bill say those are necessary steps for women's safety. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looked into that claim.


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5:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

NC Tax Proposals Could Hurt Nonprofits

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  Proposals to overhaul North Carolina's tax code could discourage people from giving to charities, turn nonprofits into tax collectors, and make it more difficult for some organizations to provide services. Those are a few concerns the N.C. Center for Nonprofits raised Monday.


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