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Driver's Ed

House and Senate budget negotiators said Thursday that they're talking about continuing some state funding for driver's education programs in high schools.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:21:15

Ride-Hailing Apps

The legislature gave its final OK to state regulations Thursday for ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, a move supporters say will protect consumers and drivers of the mobile phone-based services and encourage competition.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:20:24

Jobless Benefits

Changes to unemployment insurance laws that require more job search activities by benefit recipients are headed to Gov. Pat McCrory.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:19:49

College Transfers

Community college leaders signed a new agreement Thursday with 22 of North Carolina's private colleges to simplify the transfer path for students.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:18:21

Community College Leader

Scott Ralls became president of the N.C. Community College System in 2008 at the dawn of the recession. He would preside over a period of intense growth during a severe state budget crisis.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:17:48

Alcoa Dams

A federal judge questioned Thursday whether North Carolina was acting like a "banana republic" with its lawsuit challenging whether Alcoa Inc. owns the riverbed under Yadkin River dams it has operated for as long as a century.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:16:51

I-77 Tolls

At a mayoral debate this week, the four prominent Democratic candidates for mayor were asked whether they supported the toll lanes on Interstate 77.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:16:10

Map Challenge

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request to reconsider a ruling that keeps alive a legal challenge of Wake County school board election maps drawn in 2013 by the General Assembly.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:15:33

Port Revenue

Revenue was up and expenses down at North Carolina's ports last fiscal year.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:14:52

Power Line

A proposed high-voltage transmission line through Polk County would have major negative impacts on tourism, equestrian businesses and residential development, says U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:14:14

Ruling Upheld

The N.C. Supreme Court upheld last Friday a ruling that a Surry County woman's driver's license can be revoked by the state, even though DWI charges against her were dropped.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:13:38

Sewage Spills

Charlotte Water says its sewage spills hit a 30-year low in the past 12 months, continuing a downward trend that began in 2007.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:13:01


Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off fewer workers.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:12:25

EPA Challenge

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General Roy Cooper requesting his office support DENR's challenge of the "waters of the United States" rule issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:09:06

Forest Fires

More than 70 N.C. Forest Service personnel are helping fight fires in the western United States.

MODIFIED: 08/28/15 00:08:15


"Our goal here, regardless of party, must always be to ensure from each day forward that no citizen is left behind, none abandoned, none forfeited to be sacrificed in the crossfire of an uncaring home or community or society."
Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, during his farewell speech on the House floor Thursday as he moved on to become executive director of the N.C. Justice Center.
THE INSIDER, 8/28/15

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