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Dix Sale

Three days after the Raleigh City Council approved the final contract to purchase the Dorothea Dix property, three Republican state senators announced Monday that they’re dropping a bill to revoke the sale.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:10:06

Powdered Alcohol

The state House voted 83-32 Monday evening to ban the sale of powdered alcohol in North Carolina.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:08:27

Insurance Deal

Carolinas HealthCare System and UnitedHealthcare have forged a new contract that keeps the hospital system’s Charlotte-area patients and physicians on the insurance provider’s coverage plans – nearly two months after negotiations soured and resulted in their decade-long contract expiring.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:05:54

Paid Athletes

UNC Asheville and Western Carolina are looking at spending an extra $90,000 or so annually to pay student athletes.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:03:08

Air Quality

The air quality permit for Duke's coal-fired plant near Asheville is slated for renewal next month, a process that generally attracts little attention.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:02:21

Offshore Drilling

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., went on record Monday against seismic testing and drilling for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:07:43

Veterinary College

The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine has received a $16 million gift.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:01:31

Lifeguard Liability

Some Brunswick County beach towns could be laying the groundwork to eventually provide lifeguards along their beaches.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:00:51

Car Insurance

North Carolina is listed as the most affordable state for car insurance in an analysis from, with car owners here paying an average of 41% less than the national average.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 21:59:59

AG Lynch

Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 22:04:48

Job Cuts

A California manufacturer with local ties is moving operations south of the border, resulting in eventual job losses for over 200 North Carolina workers.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 21:59:22

Ferry Privatization

A bill to examine whether to privatize the state's ferry system has won Senate approval.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 20:53:58

Teacher Attrition

The State Board of Education's annual reports on the teaching profession would have to include a new degree of data on attrition under a bill the Senate approved and sent to the House on Monday.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 20:52:01

Revolving Door

A bill the Senate passed unanimously on Monday would keep the state from contracting with vendors that employ workers recently on the state payroll.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 20:50:08

Building Standards

The Senate on Monday passed and sent the House a bill to stop local governments from regulating the design and aesthetics of one- and two-family dwellings.

MODIFIED: 04/27/15 20:47:50


"This action shows a spirit of cooperation between the General Assembly, the administration and the city of Raleigh."
A statement from Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, Louis Pate, R-Wayne, and Tommy Tucker, R-Union, confirming that they will no longer try to stop the sale of the Dorothea Dix property to the city of Raleigh, saying their biggest concerns about the pending deal have been addressed by the office of Gov. Pat McCrory.

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