Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte city council members expressed mixed feelings about city manager Ron Carlee’s proposal to raise property taxes as part of the solution to the upcoming budget deficit.

Lawmakers filed about 1,600 bills this session. About a third of them survived what’s called the crossover deadline. That’s when bills that don’t contain spending or taxes must make it out of either the House or Senate.  If they don’t, they fail for this year. 

American Airlines Group

American Airlines announced their first quarter profits Friday. And they were a record $932 million. It’s great news for the airline and their stockholders and certainly noted by North Carolina lawmakers. 

NC General Assembly

A state House committee has passed a bill that would lengthen the mandatory waiting period before a woman could have an abortion.

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North Carolina lawmakers have made new funding for outdated transportation, especially repairing roads and bridges, a priority this year. But at the same time as the state is looking to ramp up, it could lose funding from Washington.

New Tensions Emerge In War Over NC Billboards

Apr 17, 2015
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

For the third straight legislative session, environmental groups and local government advocates are fighting a measure sought by North Carolina’s billboard industry.

North Carolina Legislative Update

Apr 16, 2015
NC General Assembly

Again this year, the legislative session has been a busy one with lawmakers tackling sales tax redistribution, religious freedom proposals, economic development and then there’s the on-going power struggle between Republican leadership in the Senate and the governor. 

We sit down with a group of reporters who cover state politics to talk about where these issues stand, what passage may mean to us and look ahead to what other things legislators might be considering 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Child care, student loans, wages, the economy. These were some of the issues President Obama addressed Wednesday at ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte. But the overall focus of the town hall-style meeting was on women.

President Obama began his remarks by having a little fun with the fact he was speaking at a children’s library.

"I was just hanging out with the Cat in the Hat," he joked.

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President Obama spoke with North Carolina women in blogging and social media. The event was part of a week-long, Tax Week pitch aimed at working women, and it comes as 2016 presidential candidates begin their campaigns.

President Obama answers questions from the BlogHer and SheKnows online communities during a conversation with working women in Charlotte.