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Attorney General

As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race -- issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.

MODIFIED: 04/26/15 23:59:26

Environmental Law

With little discussion and no study of the potential consequences, legislators are looking to gut an environmental protection law that has been on the books since 1971.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:15:44

Abortion Waiting Period

After a long and emotional debate, the House on Thursday passed a bill that would make the state the fourth in the nation requiring women to wait three days before getting an abortion.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:13:01

Religious Freedom

Facing opposition from business leaders and fellow Republicans, House Speaker Tim Moore announced Thursday that the House will not take up controversial "religious freedom" legislation, effectively killing it for this session.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:12:23

Autism Coverage

Insurers in North Carolina would have to cover autism treatment under a legislative compromise that has support from the state's dominant insurer and some other groups, but a key organization pushing for the mandate has not yet gotten on board. The Senate Insurance Committee voted Thursday for legislation requiring state-regulated health benefit plans to provide diagnosis and treatment for autism and related disorders.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:11:41

Body Cameras

Video from cameras worn by North Carolina law enforcement officers and cameras placed in their patrol vehicles would be considered investigative records that would require a court order to be publicly released under a bill the House passed Thursday.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:11:01

Driver's Education

Lee County Schools, children and parents could save hundreds of dollars in additional driver's education course fees thanks to a bill filed at the General Assembly this week.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:10:27

Transport Services

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been aggressive over the past year in efforts to make Lyft and Uber drivers pay fees and obey curbside traffic rules, and airport officials don't want the state to take away their enforcement powers. The General Assembly is considering legislation to establish state standards for smartphone-based personal transportation services and to prevent cities and airports from adding their own rules.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:09:54

Senate Bills

The Senate met for about an hour on Thursday and quickly sent more than a dozen bills to the House for consideration.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:08:28

Foster Care

The first of two Senate bills focused on foster care has been sent to the full chamber after getting unanimous approval Thursday from the Insurance committee.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:07:53

Alcoa Dams

A federal judge ruled this week that boats could not navigate North Carolina's second-largest river system at the time of American independence, a decision that helps Alcoa Inc. as it tries to prove it owns the riverbed on which some valuable hydroelectric dams were built.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:07:18

Household Income

An economic report by a N.C. research firm found that the inflation-adjusted income of the median N.C. household fell 8 percent from 2007 to 2013.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:06:30

Concealed Carry

The process to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in North Carolina is pretty simple. By law, applicants must take a handgun safety course, complete an application, pay a fee, have their fingerprints on file and allow the local sheriff's office to check their mental health record. North Carolina has reciprocity with 36 other states, meaning concealed carry permits issued here are recognized in those states and vice versa. But not all those states have the same requirements.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:05:47

Lynch Confirmed

Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch won confirmation to become U.S. attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:05:02

Printing Center

Union County will be the site of a $140 million printing and data center project, one of the largest deals ever for the county, officials announced Thursday.

MODIFIED: 04/24/15 00:04:16

YOU DON’T SAY...

"No longer is the state going to be on autopilot for what the EPA is cramming down upon us."
Sen. Chad Barefoot, on a bill his chamber approved that would have the state opt out of enforcing federal rules restricting the use of wood-burning stoves for heat.
WRAL NEWS, 4/23/15

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