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Religious Freedom

A controversial bill to exempt magistrates from performing wedding duties will make its first appearance in a House committee Wednesday afternoon.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:09:22

Degrees Dropped

Fifty-six academic degree programs across the UNC system were dropped or consolidated last week in a vote by the UNC Board of Governors.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:08:42

Foster Care

A Senate panel has moved its discussion of a bill proposing changes to foster care services to Thursday.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:08:05

Test Drilling

North Carolina officials will begin exploratory drilling Wednesday to gauge shale gas potential in the southeastern part of the state, an area that remains unassessed for energy capacity.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:07:25

Burt's Law

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed a law increasing penalties for abusing residents of group or nursing homes or for failing to report abuse.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:05:25

Deaths

When the Senate adjourned on Tuesday, it was in memory of the late John Hosea Kerr III, the Goldsboro attorney who represented Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties in that chamber for eight terms.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:04:49

Slow Processing

The federal government is again threatening to withdraw operational funding for North Carolina's food stamp program, this time over the speed at which health officials are approving applications.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:03:59

Municipal Budgets

Cities and counties are considering tax increases to close budget gaps for the next fiscal year.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:03:20

Hospital Closure

Yadkin County commissioners said Tuesday that they are attempting to reopen Yadkin Valley Community Hospital with state help and with or without the assistance of the hospital's for-profit manager.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:02:15

ER Visits

Visits to hospital emergency rooms are on the rise in the Carolinas and around the country, with experts pointing to the physician shortage and Obamacare as possible reasons.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:01:25

Sausage Plant

Cumberland County officials have helped Kansas City Sausage LLC partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods Inc. to open a sausage production plant that will bring 177 jobs to Sampson County, officials announced Tuesday.

MODIFIED: 05/27/15 00:00:06

E-Cigarette Education

For years, health advocates used prevention campaigns to stop teen smoking before it starts, but state funding for such efforts was snuffed out just as e-cigarettes started growing in popularity.

MODIFIED: 05/26/15 23:59:29

Hunting Ban

There are some things Rev. Mark Creech doesn't want to be called. "Animal rights extremist" is one of them.

MODIFIED: 05/26/15 23:58:53

Lawsuit Dismissed

A Florida-based company engaged in a legal battle with North Carolina over treasure linked to Blackbeard's flagship is dropping its case.

MODIFIED: 05/26/15 23:58:16

License Plate Stickers

Starting Tuesday, North Carolina vehicle owners will get a new kind of license plate sticker when they buy or renew license tags.

MODIFIED: 05/26/15 23:57:41

YOU DON’T SAY...

"Just because people have health insurance does not mean they have access to timely medical care."
Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, on a rise in the number of emergency room visits in North Carolina and across the nation since the Affordable Care Act took effect.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES, 5/26/15

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