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Budget Compromise

The House and Senate on Saturday agreed on the outlines of a budget that gives teachers a raise of about 7 percent and saves the jobs of teacher assistants.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:39:00

Charter Schools

The House approved a charter school bill 62-36 on Friday after partisan debate over whether it exposes gay students to discrimination and provides appropriate disclosure of salaries paid with public money.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:38:09

Technical Corrections

The employees of for-profit education companies could sit on the boards of public charter schools under a Republican-backed bill the House passed Friday.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:35:11

Drug Testing

Less than a week before county social service agencies are supposed to start drug testing welfare applicants under a new state law, the agencies are still awaiting guidelines from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:34:07

Tax Projections

New figures from legislative analysts confirm the 2013 cut to individual income tax rates is costing the state far more than originally projected.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:32:58

Film Industry

The first half of 2014 saw an estimated $268 million in direct in-state spending from the film industry, according to a Friday release from the N.C. Film Office.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:32:11

Coal Ash Plan

Environmental groups are asking two key lawmakers to change legislation they say weakens the state's protections against coal ash pollution.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:31:26

Park Rental

A twisting 2.5-mile road in Pilot Mountain State Park leads to the iconic quartzite knob that's been a landmark for centuries and in public hands since 1968. But buried in a bill before North Carolina legislators are a few paragraphs that would let state officials essentially rent out the park for private use.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:30:34

Hagan Momentum?

Recent polling from Public Policy Polling found U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan leading Republican challenger Thom Tillis by 7 percentage points.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:29:35

Pilot Mountain Bridge

Officials with the Department of Transportation admitted to residents Thursday night that they did not communicate well when planning the replacement of the N.C. 268 bridge in Pilot Mountain, reports WGHP-TV.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:28:44

Tobacco Watch

A fact-finding delegation that includes a congresswoman from Ohio and two members of the British Parliament visited North Carolina tobacco fields to examine human rights conditions.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:27:35

No-Show Jurors

Mecklenburg County courts are trying to crack down on no-show jurors, but it isn't easy.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:26:42

Fundraising Raffle

Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny lost his recent run for the 6th Congressional District seat and was $22,000 in debt at the end of the campaign. On Thursday, he announced a "Retire the Debt Reverse Raffle" to pay the campaign's final expenses.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:25:53

Teacher Recruitment

North Carolina teachers struggling with low salaries and pay freezes are being lured from the state with an appealing offer: For a substantial raise, come teach in Texas.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:25:01

Appointed

Former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama.

MODIFIED: 07/27/14 23:24:18

YOU DON’T SAY...

"If the money flows, then we should know where it goes."
Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, on the need for charter schools to be transparent with administrative salaries and hiring.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/25/14
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