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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

North Carolina State Legislative Building
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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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3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

N.C. House Moves First On Tax Overhaul

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The North Carolina House tentatively passed its version of a tax overhaul Friday. The Republican bill is one of three major tax overhauls the General Assembly is considering. 

Republicans and some Democrats in the state legislature agree North Carolina needs to do something about its tax code. The current one is based off a model from the Great Depression, and it includes the highest income tax rates in the Southeast.

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4:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

N.C. Considers Three Tax Proposals

North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are considering three different bills to overhaul the state's tax system. Republican leaders in the Senate introduced the latest and most ambitious one Thursday. There's also a bipartisan Senate plan and a Republican House plan.

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5:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

N.C. GOP Leaders Unveil Plan To Cut, Expand Taxes

Senate leader Phil Berger

"The largest tax cut in North Carolina history." That's how Republican state senate leaders describe the tax plan they unveiled Tuesday. But that plan also expands the sales tax to many more services.

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5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

A control tower at an American airport.
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Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.

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