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Summer Vacations

For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 21:53:39

Matthew Recovery

Hurricane Matthew, which damaged more than 19,000 businesses in the state and caused indirect losses at tens of thousands more, disproportionately hammered those in poor, rural, largely minority communities, according to a state report.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 21:52:47

Vetoes

Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday issued the second and third vetoes of his administration, rejecting bills that would cut the size of the state Court of Appeals and would combine the state boards that oversee elections and ethics complaints.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 20:28:51

Correction

An item in Friday's Insider incorrectly stated which bills are exempt from this week's crossover deadline.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 20:05:37

Death

David M. Powell, the former Triad economic development executive and Wilmington businessman who was accused of embezzling more than $240,000 from the Piedmont Triad Partnership, took his own life Saturday.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:50:58

Election Post-Mortem

North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election -- but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released Friday.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:36:02

EDP Resignation

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper asked Charlottean John Lassiter to step down as chairman of North Carolina's Economic Development Partnership board after he helped dilute the governor's influence on the board.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:35:01

Early Education

The state has two offices that focus on education for young children, and it may soon have three as the feud between the state superintendent and the State Board of Education plays out in the legislature.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:32:29

District Court Appointments

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday appointed veteran public defender Tracy Hewett to the Mecklenburg County District Court seat previously held by Yolanda Trotman, who resigned Trotman resigned effective Dec. 31.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:22:10

Unemployment

State officials say North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March, a drop from 5.1 percent in the prior month.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:21:21

Civil Rights Center

A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state's higher education system.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:20:29

HB2 Court Case

Transgender residents of North Carolina have withdrawn their request for an appeals court to review their ongoing legal battle against the state.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:19:39

Class Size

School advocacy groups were hopeful Friday that the Senate would soon act on a bill that school districts say is needed to prevent thousands of potential teacher layoffs and cuts in art, music and physical education classes in North Carolina elementary schools.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:18:50

DSS Reform

A complete revamp of the state's social services system is proposed in legislation touting the reformation of the state's child welfare system.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:18:01

Mayoral Debate

Five months before the mayoral primary, three Democratic candidates for mayor held their first forum before more than 200 people Saturday, with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and challengers Vi Lyles and Joel Ford debating the city's response in releasing video of the Keith Scott shooting.

MODIFIED: 04/23/17 19:17:00

YOU DON’T SAY...

"They repackaged it and put a little lipstick on it, and it was still just as ugly."
Gov. Roy Cooper, on why he vetoed the General Assembly's second bill merging the state board of elections and ethics commission.
THE INSIDER, 4/21/17

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