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Appeal will continue in lawsuit challenging COVID shutdown of N.C. bars

Sixteen months after Gov. Roy Cooper lifted the last COVID-related restrictions on N.C. bars, a lawsuit at the N.C. Court of Appeals focuses on possible monetary damages for bars that were forced to shut their doors during the pandemic. The Appeals Court issued an order Monday in the case.

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Legislative leaders bolster their case in N.C. Supreme Court felon voting dispute

Groups pushing for felon voting in North Carolina have attacked the wrong state law, according to the latest filing from state legislative leaders at the N.C. Supreme Court. The document filed Monday addresses a group of friend-of-the-court briefs submitted in favor of felon voting. The case ultimately could lead to 56,000 new voters in North Carolina.

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Why does S.C. hurricane recovery surpass N.C.?

The slow response by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency to get people back into their homes four to six years after Hurricanes Matthew and Florence was brought to light at a legislative hearing Wednesday. It’s in stark contrast to how well neighboring South Carolina has done with its own efforts.

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Appeals Court blocks ruling favoring DEQ in animal waste regulation dispute

A unanimous panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed state environmental regulators to move forward with disputed animal waste regulations. The panel issued an order Thursday granting a temporary stay to the N.C. Farm Bureau Federation.

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State urges U.S. Supreme Court to take up dispute over health plan premiums

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein has filed paperwork urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a dispute involving premiums charged to government retirees on the State Health Plan. The state hopes the nation’s highest court will overturn a March 11 ruling from the N.C. Supreme Court. State justices ruled by a 4-2 vote that 220,000 state government retirees had a contractual right to premium-free health care benefits that had been promised to them.

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A physician’s perspective on Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is one of the critical pillars of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the passage of the ACA, Medicaid expansion has been a Democratic priority, but Republicans are now warming to the idea in some states that have previously resisted expansion. North Carolina is one of 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid,...

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State Supreme Court will tackle voter ID, redistricting on back-to-back October days

The N.C. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in two high-profile election-related cases on back-to-back days next month. Justices will address the state’s voter identification law on Oct.3, then the state’s legislative and congressional election maps on Oct. 4.

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New school accountability measure in the works for N.C. schools

Changes are on the way for the grading system that measures school quality and student success across North Carolina. N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt spoke about the deficiencies of the current system at Tuesday’s Council of State meeting, held at the Department of Transportation, Raleigh.

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