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The N.C. Senate has passed House Bill 890, an all-encompassing measure that could help distillers succeed in a crowded and burgeoning industry.
The N.C. Senate has passed House Bill 890, an all-encompassing measure that could help distillers succeed in a crowded and burgeoning industry.
 
After the topic sat dormant for several months, lawmakers once again took up a bill that would ban collusive settlements involving the state attorney general. A state House committee approved the bill Wednesday, Sept. 8.
After the topic sat dormant for several months, lawmakers once again took up a bill that would ban collusive settlements involving the state attorney general. A state House committee approved the bill Wednesday, Sept. 8.
 
A leading N.C. gun-rights group is demanding disciplinary action against a Democratic state senator from Mecklenburg County. The group claims Sen. Natasha Marcus made "false claims" during debate about a recently vetoed pistol-permit repeal bill.
A leading N.C. gun-rights group is demanding disciplinary action against a Democratic state senator from Mecklenburg County. The group claims Sen. Natasha Marcus made "false claims" during debate about a recently vetoed pistol-permit repeal bill.
 
Climbing COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina have energized the campaign for renewed mask mandates. The rules have also sparked protests from some who view it as a threat to personal liberty and dispute the efficacy of masking toward mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
Climbing COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina have energized the campaign for renewed mask mandates. The rules have also sparked protests from some who view it as a threat to personal liberty and dispute the efficacy of masking toward mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
 
A split 2-1 panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has thrown out a case involving the proposed use of Yadkin River dams. The same dams once generated a long-running legal dispute involving state government.
A split 2-1 panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has thrown out a case involving the proposed use of Yadkin River dams. The same dams once generated a long-running legal dispute involving state government.
 
An ambulatory surgery center in Kitty Hawk will remain closed for the foreseeable future, thanks to the latest certificate-of-need ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals.
An ambulatory surgery center in Kitty Hawk will remain closed for the foreseeable future, thanks to the latest certificate-of-need ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals.
 
“The right to live includes the right to work.” That simple statement opens the text of a state law that has helped boost North Carolina’s economic competitiveness for nearly 75 years.
“The right to live includes the right to work.” That simple statement opens the text of a state law that has helped boost North Carolina’s economic competitiveness for nearly 75 years.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure that would keep charitable donors' personal information private.
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure that would keep charitable donors' personal information private.
 
The N.C. Court of Appeals is blocking a lower court ruling that would have allowed 50,000 or more felons to vote in upcoming elections.
The N.C. Court of Appeals is blocking a lower court ruling that would have allowed 50,000 or more felons to vote in upcoming elections.
 
The shooting death of a student at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem brought local and state leaders together Thursday in mourning and to recognize the heroism of local police and faculty.
The shooting death of a student at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem brought local and state leaders together Thursday in mourning and to recognize the heroism of local police and faculty.
 
The Bladen County political operative at the center of a 2018 congressional election scandal will serve six months in federal prison.
The Bladen County political operative at the center of a 2018 congressional election scandal will serve six months in federal prison.
 
Test results in reading, math, and science for the 2020-21 school year show the effects school closures and remote learning have had on public school students in North Carolina.
Test results in reading, math, and science for the 2020-21 school year show the effects school closures and remote learning have had on public school students in North Carolina.
 
One of the most hotly debated bills of the legislative section cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, Sept. 1, and now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper, who could add the measure to his growing list of vetoes.
One of the most hotly debated bills of the legislative section cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, Sept. 1, and now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper, who could add the measure to his growing list of vetoes.
 
The head of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law raises serious questions about a plan to block two N.C. Supreme Court justices from hearing a case involving voter ID.
The head of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law raises serious questions about a plan to block two N.C. Supreme Court justices from hearing a case involving voter ID.
 
Avangrid Renewables wants to erect 69 wind turbines, spread out over 50,000 acres, 27 miles offshore of Corolla, North Carolina.
Avangrid Renewables wants to erect 69 wind turbines, spread out over 50,000 acres, 27 miles offshore of Corolla, North Carolina.
 
Former state lawmaker David Lewis will serve two years of supervised release and is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorneys Office told Carolina Journal.
Former state lawmaker David Lewis will serve two years of supervised release and is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorneys Office told Carolina Journal.
 
At Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design in Greenville, N.C., students are looking toward the future. Here they learn to cut, curl, and color hair, but also tend to customers and build their client base.
At Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design in Greenville, N.C., students are looking toward the future. Here they learn to cut, curl, and color hair, but also tend to customers and build their client base.
 
Mask wars have once again erupted in Buncombe County after the school board voted during a specially called meeting last week, without public comment, to require all students and staff to wear masks while inside, regardless of vaccination status.
Mask wars have once again erupted in Buncombe County after the school board voted during a specially called meeting last week, without public comment, to require all students and staff to wear masks while inside, regardless of vaccination status.
 
It's a neighborhood landmark, since 1996 the ideal place to watch the incessant flow of people and cars that grudgingly meet at Franklin and Columbia streets.
It's a neighborhood landmark, since 1996 the ideal place to watch the incessant flow of people and cars that grudgingly meet at Franklin and Columbia streets.
 
After splitting along party lines just twice in their first six months together, the current lineup of the N.C. Supreme Court has produced four more 4-3 partisan splits today.
After splitting along party lines just twice in their first six months together, the current lineup of the N.C. Supreme Court has produced four more 4-3 partisan splits today.
 
A group of residents from western North Carolina filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 10, against HCA Healthcare and Mission Health alleging the anti-competitive business practices have driven medical prices up and the quality of health care down in that part of the state.
A group of residents from western North Carolina filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 10, against HCA Healthcare and Mission Health alleging the anti-competitive business practices have driven medical prices up and the quality of health care down in that part of the state.
 
Members of a joint redistricting committee between the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 10 heard public feedback on new criteria for drawing district maps.
Members of a joint redistricting committee between the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 10 heard public feedback on new criteria for drawing district maps.
 
N.C. House and Senate committees officially adopted criteria for drawing legislative and congressional districts for the next decade.
N.C. House and Senate committees officially adopted criteria for drawing legislative and congressional districts for the next decade.
 
Without North Carolina’s school-choice scholarships for students with special needs, retired soldier James Martin would have moved his family to another state.
Without North Carolina’s school-choice scholarships for students with special needs, retired soldier James Martin would have moved his family to another state.
 
State Auditor Beth Wood’s office found a glaring lack of transparency in the town of Plymouth due to the nonexistence of meeting minutes for the Town Council for most of 2020.
State Auditor Beth Wood’s office found a glaring lack of transparency in the town of Plymouth due to the nonexistence of meeting minutes for the Town Council for most of 2020.
 
The four-year-old case of a high-profile, left-of-center N.C. political activist convicted of trespassing at the state Legislative Building now sits in the hands of the state’s second-highest court.
The four-year-old case of a high-profile, left-of-center N.C. political activist convicted of trespassing at the state Legislative Building now sits in the hands of the state’s second-highest court.
 
The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and the company operating the state’s liquor warehouses are trying to offer a modicum of relief to local boards suffering from problems with the global supply chain.
The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and the company operating the state’s liquor warehouses are trying to offer a modicum of relief to local boards suffering from problems with the global supply chain.
 
A bill that would legalize sports betting across North Carolina has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A bill that would legalize sports betting across North Carolina has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 
House Bill 951 would retire coal plants, increase natural gas, and mandate increases in renewable capacity, but high costs and erosion of N.C. Utilities Commission authorities unite stakeholders in opposition.
House Bill 951 would retire coal plants, increase natural gas, and mandate increases in renewable capacity, but high costs and erosion of N.C. Utilities Commission authorities unite stakeholders in opposition.
 
At least one judge considering the latest certificate-of-need case at the N.C. Court of Appeals sees a key problem with the state’s CON law.
At least one judge considering the latest certificate-of-need case at the N.C. Court of Appeals sees a key problem with the state’s CON law.
 
Members of a joint redistricting committee between the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 10 heard public feedback on new criteria for drawing district maps.
Members of a joint redistricting committee between the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 10 heard public feedback on new criteria for drawing district maps.
 
Republicans say religious protections strengthened
 
N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, was joined by House budget chairs Monday, Aug. 9, for a news conference outlining the chamber’s biennial proposal.
N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, was joined by House budget chairs Monday, Aug. 9, for a news conference outlining the chamber’s biennial proposal.
 
A federal lawsuit challenging a North Carolina charter school’s dress code will head back to a trial court.
 
Cases involving a high-profile political activist and a controversial state medical regulation await the N.C. Court of Appeals as it returns to regular in-person hearings this week.
Cases involving a high-profile political activist and a controversial state medical regulation await the N.C. Court of Appeals as it returns to regular in-person hearings this week.
 
A leader of the N.C. Senate’s redistricting efforts is taking aim at a colleague’s claim about gerrymandering in congressional elections.
A leader of the N.C. Senate’s redistricting efforts is taking aim at a colleague’s claim about gerrymandering in congressional elections.
 
As the controversy over vaccine mandates grows, public officials’ animus for the unvaccinated is resonating among social justice activists.
As the controversy over vaccine mandates grows, public officials’ animus for the unvaccinated is resonating among social justice activists.
 
Sports betting legislation passed the state Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, clearing an initial hurdle on its way to the full Senate.
Sports betting legislation passed the state Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, clearing an initial hurdle on its way to the full Senate.
 
The city of Charlotte is set to approve an ordinance aimed at barring businesses and employers from discriminating against people based on transgender identity and other “protected classes.”
The city of Charlotte is set to approve an ordinance aimed at barring businesses and employers from discriminating against people based on transgender identity and other “protected classes.”
 
A congressman from North Carolina has introduced a new bill to expand broadband access in rural America.
A congressman from North Carolina has introduced a new bill to expand broadband access in rural America.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper is urging other members of the Council of State to push their own staffs to get vaccinated.
Gov. Roy Cooper is urging other members of the Council of State to push their own staffs to get vaccinated.
 
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