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Past articles by Michael:

NC Board of Education calls for teacher raises. Will they see them?

The governor made the comment in his State of the State address, saying the budget proposal he puts forth soon will fully fund a court-ordered plan for schools and would not raise taxes. → Read More

NC Senate OKs bill that would harden punishments for rioters, but will Cooper veto it?

The bill targets “violent actors” who are separate from demonstrators and causing mayhem, one Senate Republican said. → Read More

NC Senate to vote on medical marijuana legalization this week

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Senate is scheduled to vote this week whether to legalize medical marijuana, and House leaders say there’s growing support this year for getting a bill to the governor to sign. The bill the Senate will consider, the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana […] → Read More

NC House, Senate at odds over control of state school year start, end dates

While members of the state House of Representatives pushed again this week for local school leaders to have more flexibility to decide when to start and end the year, Senate leaders shot down that idea once again. → Read More

Medical marijuana advances again in NC Senate committee

Any measure getting final legislative approval would go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has expressed openness to the idea. → Read More

NC leaders discuss how to use $3 billion surplus

The news of the surplus comes as the state government is facing significant challenges in hiring and retaining employees. → Read More

NC Senate OKs bill to repeal pistol purchase permit

The North Carolina Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would repeal the state’s pistol purchase permit law as part of a package of reforms Republicans said would bolster Second Amendment rights. → Read More

NC House OKs Medicaid expansion; final vote set for Thursday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The N.C. House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Wednesday to expanding Medicaid coverage. The measure passed by a margin of 96 to 23. A final vote is scheduled for Thursday. The bill would provide health coverage to about 600,000 North Carolinians. Most would be working adults who make too much money […] → Read More

NC lawmakers to give medical marijuana legalization another try this year

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A bipartisan group in the state Senate is trying again this year to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana, as new polling this week shows popular support. A Senate committee on Wednesday discussed the NC Compassionate Care Act, which is largely similar to a bill the chamber passed last year […] → Read More

NC Medicaid expansion bill moves through key committees

North Carolina would receive an added bonus of about $1.8 billion over two years. → Read More

NC Senate passes infant safe surrender bill

The bill would change that to call on a parent to surrender the infant to: health care providers, first responders or social services workers. → Read More

NC Auditor Beth Wood drove another state-issued car after hit-and-run charge, documents show

Documents released by the State Auditor’s Office show Auditor Beth Wood (D) drove another state-issued car for weeks after Raleigh police charged her in connection with a hit-and-run crash involving another state-issued vehicle. → Read More

Riot bill passes NC House with enough votes to override a veto by Gov. Cooper

A previous version of an anti-rioting bill was first filed in response to the protests in Raleigh and other cities following the murder of George Floyd in 2020. → Read More

NC ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ heads to House floor for second vote

A version of the bill passed the Senate last year and the revised measure is expected to pass the chamber again. → Read More

Republican led NC Supreme Court to rehear electoral maps and voter ID decisions

In 2018, a majority of state voters decided to amend the state Constitution to require a photo ID to vote, but the requirement has been on hold ever since then. → Read More

Odds of U.S. experiencing recession are dropping: NC economist

Following Friday’s surprisingly strong jobs report, a North Carolina economist said the odds of the U.S. experiencing a recession this year are dropping. → Read More

Should felons not in prison be allowed to vote? NC justices weigh arguments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — North Carolina’s Supreme Court is deciding whether people convicted of felonies should be allowed to vote if they aren’t serving prison time but are on probation or parole or have to yet pay fines. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups and ex-offenders […] → Read More

'A serious mistake': NC Auditor Beth Wood releases statement on hit-and-run charges, says she was leaving a holiday gathering

Her statement comes after a billboard emerged in Youngsville over the weekend, calling for her resignation. → Read More

Billboard calls for NC Auditor Beth Wood’s resignation after hit-and-run charges

A new billboard in Youngsville is calling for Democratic North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood’s resignation. → Read More

NC Auditor Beth Wood's hit-and-run charge involved a state-owned vehicle, police report says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A police report reveals the vehicle at the center of State Auditor Beth Wood’s hit-and-run charge was a state-owned car. According to the report, the black Toyota Camry that contained a Lenovo ThinkPad that was last logged into under the name “Miss Beth Wood” was a “state legislators” vehicle. The incident […] → Read More