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) – A bill broadening restrictions on
abortion through the federal health care law and so-called conscience
protections has gained initial approval from the North Carolina House.
The bill tentatively approved Wednesday outlaws health
care plans that include abortion services from future online marketplaces of
private plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act.
It also allows any medical professional to refuse to
participate in an abortion and allows any business to refuse to provide
contraception coverage on religious or moral grounds. Current law only refers
to doctors and nurses but would now extend to pharmacists and technicians.
A provision exempting private businesses from refusing to
cover contraception was removed.
Opponents say the bill tramples women's rights.
The bill needs another vote before Thursday night to move
to the Senate.
House lawmakers want to require North Carolina health
insurance providers - including the plan for state employees and teachers - to
cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism for children of their members.
The chamber voted by a wide margin for the final bill
Wednesday night that applies to children age 23 and under and would limit
behavioral health treatment to $36,000 annually. The 105-7 margin came after
vigorous debate on several amendments.
The bill would exempt small-employer carriers from the
requirement if the new mandate raises annual premiums by more than 1 percent. A
bill sponsor has said premiums went up by a few dollars a year in other states.
An amendment that would have exempted more small businesses was defeated.
The measure now heads to the Senate.
A bill giving North Carolina students with disabilities a
grant to attend private school secured initial approval in the state House.
The House tentatively approved Wednesday a bill that
replaces a similar tax credit program with a $3,000-per-semester grant that
sponsors say will broaden eligibility to poorer residents.
Backers of the bipartisan bill say the original program
passed last session excluded parents who don't pay income taxes from taking
advantage of the credit.
Democratic lawmakers argued $6,000 a year isn't enough
for poor families when tuition costs far more, so the bill subsidizes more
middle-income families. Supporters of the bill said it still offers the
opportunity for parents to make the choice for themselves.
The bill requires another vote for approval before
heading to the Senate.
The Senate on Wednesday passed bills repealing rules
aimed at improving water quality in Jordan Lake and lifting a cap on new
jetties along the coast.
Republican Sen. Rick Gunn of Burlington said his bill
repealing Jordan Lake rules and commissioning a study for new ones will help
improve methods for curbing pollutants. Democratic lawmakers said those rules
haven't had a chance to work because the legislature has repeatedly delayed
Republican senators favoring an end to caps and many
restrictions on jetties argued many coastal communities want the structures to
protect their inlets but existing law is too strict. Democrats worried about
their appearance and the potential damage they cause to neighboring property.
The House rejected an effort to create a new kind of
corporate structure in North Carolina that would focus on benefiting the public
in addition to making a profit.
The House voted 52-60 Wednesday night against a measure
called the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act. It would allow the formation
of what's known as a "B-corp," in addition to the current
"S-corp" and "C-corp" formats under which corporations can
Bill sponsor Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville says
the new type of corporation is already permitted in other states and would
allow a younger generation of entrepreneurs to promote the good of society or
But critics say the measure encourages a move away from
capitalism and isn't necessary under the state's current corporate structure.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 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. 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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