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Tax Cuts

Senate Republican leaders said they would push again this year to lower personal and corporate income rates, taking a step beyond the GOP tax overhaul package passed two years ago.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:06:29

Gas Tax

House and Senate leaders announced a deal Thursday to gradually cut a few pennies off the state gas and diesel fuel tax over the next two years -- starting next week -- and to cancel a more substantial cut that would have cost the state Department of Transportation hundreds of jobs and more than $400 million in revenue.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:05:43

Renovated Mill

Gov. Pat McCrory basked Thursday evening before Gaston County business owners and civic leaders just hours after a measure he's pushed that would offer tax credits to property owners who preserve historic buildings passed in the House.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:04:55

Political Activity

A bill filed in the Senate on Thursday would limit political activity by school employees, including teachers and administrators.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:04:20

Abortion Rules

Restrictions on abortions were proposed in a bill filed Thursday.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:03:33

Dix Bill

A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid, likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:01:36

Inmate Records

The House on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would require the state Department of Public Safety to turn over all records of inmate deaths.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:00:55

School Grades

There's some momentum for legislation that would give a two-year reprieve before a tougher standard is used for evaluating North Carolina's public schools under the state's controversial A-F letter grading system.

MODIFIED: 03/27/15 00:00:18

Rockingham Bill

A House committee approved a bill Thursday that would shrink the Rockingham County Board of Education and make its races partisan.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:59:38


A bill to define a new sort of three-wheeled vehicle called an autocycle zoomed through the House on Thursday without dissent -- and without any mention that nobody has manufactured an autocycle and nobody can buy one.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:59:00

Separated Minors

North Carolina has signed an agreement with the Mexican consulate general to protect minors from that country if they are separated from their parents or guardians.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:58:15

Santorum Visit

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said during a Thursday visit to the General Assembly that he plans to decide by late spring or early summer whether to make another run at the presidency in 2016.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:57:38

Spill Costs

Duke Energy's coal ash spill into the Dan River cost its chief executive about $600,000 in pay last year, according to a securities filing Thursday.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:56:52

Textile Closure

Textile manufacturer Mohican Mills says it is closing after more than 60 years. Local media outlets report Mohican, a subsidiary of Fab Industries, told workers by a news release about the closure on Wednesday.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:53:49

Charlotte Mayor

The one-year anniversary of Patrick Cannon's arrest, Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter praised the city's resilience and said he believes the federal investigation is over.

MODIFIED: 03/26/15 23:53:08


"I grew up in the '60s and '70s and about a third of the kids in my school went to shop class in the afternoon. ...We have a generation of young people in America that don't know how to use tools."
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, on the importance of restoring vocational education in schools, during a visit to the General Assembly Thursday.
THE INSIDER, 3/27/15

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