Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Boat owners across North Carolina would face higher fees to pay for coastal dredging projects thanks to legislation that received a preliminary OK from the state Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville says the measure attempts to address dwindling federal funds for removing sand from shallow navigational channels. It passed 35-13 Thursday.
The bill would raise titling fees and vessel numbering fees for most watercraft and large boats. The current $15 annual numbering fee, for example, would increase to $25 or $50, depending on the vessel's length. The titling fee would be $30, up from $20.
Millions of dollars in proceeds would enter a special fund to provide matching money for dredging projects. A final Senate vote is expected next week before the bill goes to the House.
A bill narrowing eligibility for North Carolina's pre-K program is one step closer to passage.
The House gave tentative approval to the Republican measure Thursday in a 62-46 vote. The bill lowers eligibility to the federal poverty rate, which is about $19,500 for a family of three. The eligibility mark is currently about twice that rate.
Bill sponsor Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle says the change won't reduce the number of slots available, but roughly halves income eligibility to 31,000 children.
Democrats argue the bill shirks the state's duty to educate the less fortunate.
A state appeals court ruled last year that the state can't turn away eligible children but didn't order it to accept all applicants. The bill requires one final vote before going to the Senate.
A bill outlawing any contract that makes union hiring a requirement has passed the House.
The proposal was approved Thursday over the objections of Democrats who said it violates the National Labor Relations Act.
Republican Rep. Tom Murry of Morrisville said the proposal is meant to prevent unfair business practices.
Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville said federal law says employment conditions are a matter for the parties in a deal to decide for themselves, not the government. He said the bill would guarantees a costly court challenge, which has happened in other states that have passed similar laws.
North Carolina already has laws forbidding employers from making union membership mandatory. The bill now goes to the Senate.
North Carolina installment loan companies could charge higher interest rates on most borrowers and new late fees in legislation tentatively approved by the state Senate.
The chamber voted 39-9 Thursday for legislation sought by the consumer finance industry. Leaders say the industry hasn't had interest rate and loan amount caps changed in 30 years and need help to improve profits.
The bill also contains protections for young military members seeking the loans. The chamber defeated an amendment that would have barred all armed forces members from getting the loans.
Bill supporters say the industry provides a needed form of credit to working people. Opponents said the interest rates remain too high and benefits big corporations that do business in the state.
A final Senate vote is expected next week.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:52:38 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The honor given to McIntyre for his 18 years of service to the people of North Carolina as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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