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  • Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

    Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

    Monday, May 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-05-23 00:36:20 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-05-23 00:36:20 GMT

    The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.

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    The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.

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  • Rep. Davis co-sponsors bill to charge sex offenders registration fees

    Rep. Davis co-sponsors bill to charge sex offenders registration fees

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-05-17 11:37:43 GMT
    Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County is one of four primary sponsors of a bill proposing to charge criminals who are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry. (Source: WECT)Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County is one of four primary sponsors of a bill proposing to charge criminals who are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry. (Source: WECT)

    Convicted sex offenders would be required to pay a fee to be listed on North Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry, under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County.   

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    Convicted sex offenders would be required to pay a fee to be listed on North Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry, under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County.   

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  • NC Senate approves budget

    NC Senate approves budget

    Friday, May 12 2017 7:47 AM EDT2017-05-12 11:47:38 GMT
    The state Senate will reconvene a few minutes after midnight Thursday, to take a final vote on the $22.9 billion budget plan. (Source: WECT)The state Senate will reconvene a few minutes after midnight Thursday, to take a final vote on the $22.9 billion budget plan. (Source: WECT)

    The state Senate will reconvene shortly after midnight Thursday, to give final approval to the chamber's budget plan. 

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    The state Senate will reconvened shortly after midnight Thursday, then passed the budget plan around 3 a.m. Friday.

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  • Senate overrides Cooper's veto of Elections Board bill, House votes Tuesday

    Senate overrides Cooper's veto of Elections Board bill, House vote next

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:02:32 GMT
    The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT)The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT)

    The state Senate voted Monday night by a 33-15 margin to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state ethics commission and elections board. The state House is scheduled to vote on the override when it reconvenes Tuesday morning.

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    The state Senate voted Monday night by a 33-15 margin to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state ethics commission and elections board. The state House is scheduled to vote on the override when it reconvenes Tuesday morning.

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  • Senate confirms Hamilton for seat in Gov. Cooper's cabinet

    Senate confirms Hamilton for seat in Gov. Cooper's cabinet

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 6:19 AM EDT2017-04-12 10:19:03 GMT
    Former state lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington received unanimous support by the state Senate to become the new Secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources. (Source: ncleg.net)Former state lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington received unanimous support by the state Senate to become the new Secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources. (Source: ncleg.net)

    Former lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate as the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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    Former lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate as the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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  • House approves bill to change Pender County school board elections

    House approves bill to change Pender County school board elections

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-04-11 04:04:00 GMT
    Voters in Pender County would see the party affiliation of school board candidates on the ballot under a new bill approved by members of the state House. (Source: WECT)Voters in Pender County would see the party affiliation of school board candidates on the ballot under a new bill approved by members of the state House. (Source: WECT)

    Lawmakers in the NC House of Representatives approved a bill  making Pender County Board of Education elections partisan after more than 40 years of non-partisan races.  The bill now heads to the state Senate for debate.

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    Lawmakers in the NC House of Representatives approved a bill  making Pender County Board of Education elections partisan after more than 40 years of non-partisan races.  The bill now heads to the state Senate for debate.

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  • Kellyanne Conway to address NCGOP convention in Wilmington

    Kellyanne Conway to address NCGOP convention in Wilmington

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 5:27 PM EDT2017-04-04 21:27:55 GMT
    Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP convention in Wilmington on June 3. (Source: NCGOP)Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP convention in Wilmington on June 3. (Source: NCGOP)

    Political strategist Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP state convention in Wilmington on June 3.

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    Political strategist Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP state convention in Wilmington on June 3.

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  • UPDATE: Bill to abolish Columbus County Coroner's Office clears committee

    UPDATE: Bill to abolish Columbus County Coroner's Office clears committee

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-03-29 20:02:21 GMT
    House Bill 290 would abolish the Columbus County Coroner's Office. The bill received unanimous support in a House Committee Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)House Bill 290 would abolish the Columbus County Coroner's Office. The bill received unanimous support in a House Committee Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)

    A bill to abolish the coroner’s office in Columbus County has cleared its first legislative hurdle by unanimous vote. The bill needs approval in a second committee before making it to the floor for a full House vote. 

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    A bill to abolish the coroner’s office in Columbus County has cleared its first legislative hurdle by unanimous vote. The bill needs approval in a second committee before making it to the floor for a full House vote. 

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  • Grange, Lee companion bills seek $55 million for Film & Entertainment Grant Fund

    Grange, Lee companion bills seek $55 million for Film & Entertainment Grant Fund

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:16 AM EDT2017-03-28 11:16:53 GMT
    Two lawmakers representing New Hanover County have filed companion bills looking to increase the money used to lure movie, television and commercial productions to North Carolina. (Source: WECT)Two lawmakers representing New Hanover County have filed companion bills looking to increase the money used to lure movie, television and commercial productions to North Carolina. (Source: WECT)

    New Hanover County legislators Michael Lee and Holly Grange have filed companion bills looking to increase the amount put into the state’s Film and Entertainment Grant Fund from the current $30 million to $55 million in recurring money.

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    New Hanover County legislators Michael Lee and Holly Grange have filed companion bills looking to increase the amount put into the state’s Film and Entertainment Grant Fund from the current $30 million to $55 million in recurring money.

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  • Democrat Ford accuses Cooper of 'moving the goal post' on HB2 repeal

    Democrat Ford accuses Cooper of 'moving the goal post' on HB2 repeal

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:14:00 GMT
    (Source: Office of the Governor)(Source: Office of the Governor)

    Democrat State Senator Joel Ford (Mecklenburg) accused Democrat Governor Roy Cooper of “moving the goal post” on a deal to repeal House Bill 2.

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    Democrat State Senator Joel Ford (Mecklenburg) accused Democrat Governor Roy Cooper of “moving the goal post” on a deal to repeal House Bill 2.

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  • State Senator files new bill to repeal HB2

    State Senator files new bill to repeal HB2

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-21 19:54:20 GMT
    Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg County) has filed a bill calling for a repeal of HB2, with a 30-day cooling off period before any locality could enact a law regarding access to restrooms, showers or changing facilities.Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg County) has filed a bill calling for a repeal of HB2, with a 30-day cooling off period before any locality could enact a law regarding access to restrooms, showers or changing facilities.

    A state Senator from Mecklenberg County has introduced the latest bill trying to repeal North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg) filed Senate Bill 332 Tuesday. Along with a repeal of HB2, the bill calls for a 30-day “cooling off period”, in which no local government can “enact or amend an ordinance regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities”. 

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    A state Senator from Mecklenberg County has introduced the latest bill trying to repeal North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg) filed Senate Bill 332 Tuesday. Along with a repeal of HB2, the bill calls for a 30-day “cooling off period”, in which no local government can “enact or amend an ordinance regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities”. 

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  • Tillis: 'President is a disruptive force, in a positive way'

    Tillis: 'President is a disruptive force, in a positive way'

    Friday, March 17 2017 2:06 PM EDT2017-03-17 18:06:05 GMT
    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) touched on healthcare reform  and President Trump's travel bans in an interview with WECT. (Source: WECT)Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) touched on healthcare reform and President Trump's travel bans in an interview with WECT. (Source: WECT)

    Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) said Friday he is not paying a lot of attention to numbers tied to Congressional Budget Office estimates for American Health Care Act, the Republican plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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    Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) said Friday he is not paying a lot of attention to numbers tied to Congressional Budget Office estimates for American Health Care Act, the Republican plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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  • Amendment to repeal HB2 blocked in state House

    Amendment to repeal HB2 blocked in state House

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-03-14 19:56:01 GMT
    Text of the amendment to repeal HB2, which was blocked by Republicans Tuesday in state House. (Source: ncleg.net)Text of the amendment to repeal HB2, which was blocked by Republicans Tuesday in state House. (Source: ncleg.net)

    A new effort to repeal North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law failed Tuesday afternoon in the state House of Representatives. 

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    A new effort to repeal North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law failed Tuesday afternoon in the state House of Representatives. 

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  • Gov. Roy Cooper touches on HB2, film incentives in State of the State address

    Gov. Roy Cooper touches on HB2, film incentives in State of the State address

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 8:17 AM EDT2017-03-14 12:17:52 GMT

    Governor Roy Cooper wasted little time in his first State of the State address before bringing up North Carolina’s most controversial topic, HB2. Click on the story to read the text of the governor's prepared address.

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    Governor Roy Cooper wasted little time in his first State of the State address before bringing up North Carolina’s most controversial topic, HB2. Click on the story to read the text of the governor's prepared address.

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  • Reaction from senators, representatives to President Trump's address

    Reaction from senators, representatives to President Trump's address

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 8:25 AM EST2017-03-01 13:25:26 GMT

    Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation released comments on what they heard of the priorities laid out for the future. 

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    Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation released comments on what they heard of the priorities laid out for the future. 

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  • Supporters, opponents speak on bipartisan bill to repeal HB2

    Supporters, opponents speak on bipartisan bill to repeal HB2

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 8:06 AM EST2017-03-01 13:06:12 GMT

    The two sides of the HB2 debate held separate news conferences Tuesday morning. This time they talked about the positives and negatives of another piece of legislation, House Bill 186, a proposal to repeal HB2. 

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    The two sides of the HB2 debate held separate news conferences Tuesday morning. This time they talked about the positives and negatives of another piece of legislation, House Bill 186, a proposal to repeal HB2. 

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  • Bipartisan bill to repeal HB2 sent to House committee

    Bipartisan bill to repeal HB2 sent to House committee

    Tuesday, February 28 2017 7:51 AM EST2017-02-28 12:51:57 GMT

    HB186, which proposes to repeal the controversial HB2 law in North Carolina, received a committee referral Monday night in the state House. Bipartisan support is the reason Rep. Ted Davis said he signed on as a primary sponsor of the bill. 

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    HB186, which proposes to repeal the controversial HB2 law in North Carolina, received a committee referral Monday night in the state House. Bipartisan support is the reason Rep. Ted Davis said he signed on as a primary sponsor of the bill. 

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  • UPDATE: Charlotte Chamber announces support for bi-partisan HB2 repeal bill

    UPDATE: Charlotte Chamber announces support for bi-partisan HB2 repeal bill

    Friday, February 24 2017 12:47 PM EST2017-02-24 17:47:10 GMT
    Lawmakers and advocates are reacting to a new bill introduced in the General Assembly that would repeal part of the controversial HB2 law.Lawmakers and advocates are reacting to a new bill introduced in the General Assembly that would repeal part of the controversial HB2 law.

    The Charlotte Chamber on Friday announced support for House Bill 186, which repeals parts of the controversial HB2 law enacted in 2016. Twelve Republicans and three Democrats have joined the original group of four (two Democrats and two Republicans) legislators in sponsoring the proposal.  

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    The Charlotte Chamber on Friday announced support for House Bill 186, which repeals parts of the controversial HB2 law enacted in 2016. Twelve Republicans and three Democrats have joined the original group of four (two Democrats and two Republicans) legislators in sponsoring the proposal.  

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  • Rouzer talks border security, town halls and upcoming State of the Union

    Rouzer talks border security, town halls and upcoming State of the Union

    Thursday, February 23 2017 1:59 PM EST2017-02-23 18:59:35 GMT

    Congressman David Rouzer talks about border security, having recently returned from a trip touring areas of the Rio Grande River Valley between the United States and Mexico. 

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    Congressman David Rouzer talks about border security, having recently returned from a trip touring areas of the Rio Grande River Valley between the United States and Mexico. 

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