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Magistrates resign over gay marriage ruling

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gavin Off, News and Observer, October 25, 2014. When a federal judge cleared the legal path for same-sex marriage in North Carolina earlier this month, it set off a flurry of weddings and celebrations, mostly in urban areas of the state. But the joy was hardly unanimous, including among some public officials whose jobs […]

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NC cities starting to feel the loss of privilege tax

| October 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Benjamin Brown, The Insider, published in News and Observer, October 17, 2014. When the legislature voted last session to take away municipalities’ ability to charge a privilege license tax starting in July 2015, city leaders across the state warned about loss of revenue. What wasn’t obvious was how soon those losses would be felt. […]

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DENR: Nothing improper in way Chip Hagan’s stimulus grant was handled

| October 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, October 17, 2014. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is taking heat over money that her husband’s company received as part of the federal economic stimulus grant in 2010. Thom Tillis, Hagan’s Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, and his supporters on Friday launched television ads raising concerns about stimulus […]

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As incentives boom, states wage bigger battles for jobs

| October 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, October 13, 2014. On an early summer morning in 1993, Gov. Jim Hunt boarded a private plane bound for New York City. It was a last-minute trip, and its purpose was so high-stakes it required the presence of an unlikely ally — Republican U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. Not 10 years earlier, […]

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City retains control of Charlotte Douglas airport

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer, October 13, 2014. A Superior Court judge sided with the city of Charlotte in a ruling issued Monday that bars the Charlotte Airport Commission from running the city’s airport without prior approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Judge Robert Ervin issued a permanent injunction blocking the commission from operating Charlotte […]

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NC Supreme Court takes five cases from Court of Appeals

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jay Price, News and Observer, October 10, 2014. The N.C. Supreme Court surprised parties in several lawsuits Friday by snatching their cases away from the state Court of Appeals. These include an appeal by environmentalists who want to block the sale of N.C. State University’s massive Hofmann Forest – a case in which the […]

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Federal judge strikes down NC’s same-sex marriage ban

| October 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

 by Laura Leslie and Amanda Lamb, WRAL, October 10, 2014. Nearly two years after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment recognizing marriage only as a union between a man and a woman, a federal court judge in Asheville on Friday overturned the ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples across the state to marry immediately. […]

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GOP Legislative leaders given until noon to intervene in gay marriage lawsuits

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, October 9, 2014. The Republican leaders of the North Carolina legislature are not yet ready to let gay couples marry in this state. Phil Berger, president pro tem of the state Senate, and Thom Tillis, speaker of the state House, filed a motion late Thursday afternoon asking a judge […]

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No change to NC marriage law for 10 days

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Amanda Lamb and Laura Leslie, WRAL, October 6, 2014. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday not to take up appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage, it effectively changed marriage laws in 11 states, including the District of Columbia and North Carolina. It is a move that could end up legalizing […]

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Feds override NC on draining coal ash dumps

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, October 3, 2014. Federal environmental officials spurred North Carolina regulators to reverse a policy allowing Duke Energy to drain massive amounts of polluted wastewater from its coal ash dumps directly into the state’s rivers and lakes, according to documents. The Southern Environmental Law Center released […]

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