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  • Earlier Primary Means Earlier Voting Deadlines

    RALEIGH – Advancing the North Carolina primary date to March 15 has led to earlier deadlines for registering to vote, absentee voting, changing your party affiliation, and other election-related activities. Those wanting to vote absentee by mail now can apply for a ballot.

  • Lawmakers Presented Alternatives to Occupational Licensing

    RALEIGH — A legislative subcommittee is considering changes to the state’s occupational licensing boards. Backers of the changes say they would enhance opportunities for potential entrepreneurs while protecting consumer health and safety. Opponents lodged safety concerns if occupations went unregulated and suggested potential damage to existing business owners.

  • Landowners Await Map Act Challenge

    WINSTON-SALEM — Under the state’s Map Act law, when the N.C. Department of Transportation files a highway corridor map with local governments, those governments aren’t allowed to issue building permits within the corridor. The moratorium on development is supposed to end three years after the map is filed, but it…

  • First Gulf War To Be Remembered In Mobile Exhibit

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that the state would contribute $100,000 toward developing a traveling exhibit honoring and memorializing the Persian Gulf War, which began 25 years ago. McCrory said 75,000 people from North Carolina’s military bases were sent to Kuwait and the surrounding region to support the…

  • Officials: Few Glitches When Attractions Moved To Cultural Resources

    RALEIGH — Last year, the General Assembly followed Gov. Pat McCrory’s recommendation to move attractions formerly housed in DENR to what was then called the Department of Cultural Resources, Those included state aquariums, state parks and recreational areas, science and nature museums, and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The…

  • Tillis Pushing Criminal Justice Reforms Modeled on N.C. Law

    RALEIGH – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., is trying to push through criminal justice reforms in Congress modeled on measures he helped shepherd through the North Carolina General Assembly when he was speaker of the House. The bipartisan federal Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act includes several concepts that were inspired…

  • At Raleigh Rally, Rubio Emphasizes Youth, Forward Vision

    RALEIGH — “When I’m president of the United States next year, we won’t just have a president that goes around saying America is the greatest country in the world, we’re going to have a president that acts like America is the greatest country in the world,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,…

  • Governor Calls for More Bonds at Economic Forum

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday hinted that after voters decide the fate of a $2 billion bond referendum on March 15, he might push for more bond money, this time for roads. McCrory called for more than $! billion in borrowing for transportation in his initial…

  • Bond Supporters Launch Bipartisan Campaign

    RALEIGH — Hundreds of supporters of the $2 billion bond referendum on the March 15 ballot gathered Tuesday on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus to kick off a campaign they say is essential for a growing North Carolina. More than half the funding would go to UNC campuses.

  • Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Judicial Retention Contests

    RALEIGH — An attorney and two Wake County voters have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s new law calling for retention referendums for justices of the N.C. Supreme Court, claiming that the referendum, passed this year by the General Assembly, does not meet the definition of an election specified in the…