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Gay Marriage

North Carolina's attorney general said Monday his office will no longer defend the state's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:32:34

Rewritten Rules

A plan to update regulations that protect streams and rivers was adopted last year after a nearly five-year process that incorporated input from a wide range of interests.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:30:34

Budget Hints

North Carolina's Senate leader said Monday that he hopes to have a final budget to vote on this week.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:31:42

Municipal Power

Duke Energy Progress has agreed to buy for $1.2 billion the interests eastern North Carolina municipal power systems own in four Duke power plants.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:29:33

Variety Wholesalers

Art Pope’s Variety Wholesalers has purchased the vacant Kroger store in Southeast Raleigh with plans to establish the company’s first standalone grocery in an area that badly needs one.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:27:34

Elections Controversy

In an unusual move, the executive director of the State Board of Elections is refusing to confirm the appointment of a new executive director at the Duplin County Board of Elections, citing concerns over the way the candidate was chosen by the local board, which includes two Republicans and a Democrat.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:26:01

Tax Holidays

The state’s defunct sales tax holiday typically was held the first weekend in August and was a big shopping weekend for retailers and consumers.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:25:55


Dollar Tree, the nation’s leading discount variety store, said Monday morning that it is buying Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:28:48


A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural North Carolina town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger health care struggle.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:25:11

Stock Trading

Among North Carolina’s Congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Banner Elk Republican, was the most active buyer and seller of stocks and bonds since 2012, with 89 trades, according to review by The Charlotte Observer of new data compiled by the campaign finance watchdogs at the Center for Responsive Politics.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:23:32


Forsyth County election officials have selected someone from the Mecklenburg County elections office as Forsyth County’s new director of elections.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 22:22:16

Campaign Cash - Senate District 7

A quick look at campaign donations and spending in N.C. Senate District 7, which includes Lenoir, Pitt and Wayne counties, based on information from the N.C. State Board of Elections.

MODIFIED: 07/28/14 10:42:01

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
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