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AP Exclusive: 'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B


Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press a href=''s-%22bathroom-bill%22'analysis/a.

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Budget extension beats midnight deadline

Raleigh, N.C. — State lawmakers now have another 45 days to pass a budget for 2015-16.

By a 43-0 vote and with little debate Tuesday morning, the Senate approved a continuing resolution that House members voted for late Monday.

Gov. Pat McCrory was able to sign the CR into law well before the budget deadline at 11:59 p.m.

The measure continues current funding levels at 100 percent, and adds about $100 million for enrollment growth in schools.

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NC Senate Gives Initial Nod to $21.5B State Budget

The North Carolina Senate gave preliminary approval on Wednesday afternoon to a two-year budget that would cut funding for thousands of public school teaching assistant positions, and would make significant policy changes to the state's tax code and Medicaid program.


The proposed $21.5 billion budget, which represents an almost 2 percent increase from the current year and was approved by Republicans along a party-line vote of 30-19, is scheduled for a final vote on Thursday.


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Senate gives initial OK to longer abortion waiting periods

Raleigh, N.C. — Women seeking abortions would have to wait three times as long and doctors performing the procedure would in some cases have to submit images of the fetus to the Department of Health and Human Services under a bill the state Senate tentatively approved 31-15 Thursday.


Debate on the measure, which is subject to a second Senate vote next week before returning to the state House for consideration, inflamed one of the major fault lines between Democrats and Republicans during a sometimes tense, hour-long debate.


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