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Gas Tax

State lawmakers voted Monday night to approve a deal to cut the state's sales tax on gasoline in three phases over the next 15 months and to change the formula for calculating the tax in the future.

MODIFIED: 03/31/15 00:16:46

Newspaper Bill

North Carolina newspapers would be required to publish legal notices on both their websites and in their print editions for the same price in legislation that the House approved overwhelmingly.

MODIFIED: 03/31/15 00:15:23

Academic Standards

Legislation filed early this session to locate funds for an academic standards panel and to adjust other parts of North Carolina state government spending is finally heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

MODIFIED: 03/31/15 00:14:19

Environmental Panels

North Carolina's highest court plans to hear arguments early this summer on whether the General Assembly can make appointments to three state environmental panels or if those decisions must rest with Gov. Pat McCrory.

MODIFIED: 03/31/15 00:12:55

McCrory Views

Gov. Pat McCrory told a Charlotte radio host Monday that he opposes a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings and didn't see the need for a broader religious freedom bill.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:27:03

Tax Proposal

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday called a GOP proposal to redistribute sales tax revenues "class warfare" that would raise taxes on "millions of people in North Carolina."

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:24:05

Judicial Scrutiny

A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:21:13

Volvo Plant

Volvo Car Corp. announced Monday that it plans to invest $500 million to build a new plant in the United States, and multiple reports have said North Carolina is among several southeastern states in the running.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:17:57

Gun Bills

Another group of guns bills have been filed in the state Senate.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:16:44

Channel Dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will start emergency dredging Wednesday to reopen the sand-clogged navigation channel at Oregon Inlet, which is closed to most boaters as the summer tourism season approaches.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:08:54

Atlantic Drilling

The federal government has received thousands of comments on the contentious issue of drilling for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:07:46

Tobacco Watch

A meeting between Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. officials and federal regulators may take place this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 22:06:54


The last "triple play" election in North Carolina – when voters elected a president, a governor and a U.S. senator in the same year – occurred in 2008, and Paul Shumaker is the chief consultant for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign. An item in the Insider's news roundup on Monday gave the wrong date for the last "triple play" election and an incorrect title for Shumaker.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 21:58:35

Historic Preservation

House leaders and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the new historic preservation tax credit program passed by the House last week.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 21:56:10

Trinity Council

The House on Monday passed and sent to the Senate a local bill to change the makeup of the city council in the small city of Trinity in Randolph County.

MODIFIED: 03/30/15 21:37:32


"It’s almost John Edwards-type language being used by my own party."
Gov. Pat McCrory, on a proposal by Sen. Harry Brown, a fellow Republican, to shift sales tax revenue from urban to rural counties.

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