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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='https://apnews.com/ec6e9845827f47e89f40f33bb7024f61/How-AP-tallied-the-c...'s-%22bathroom-bill%22'analysis/a.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Senate Democrats on Monday called on GOP leadership in the General Assembly to move some of their bills that they say would do a better job of improving North Carolina’s economy than the Republicans’ agenda does.

 

With three days remaining before the crossover deadline – the cutoff point determining which bills must move from one chamber to another – Democrats asked Republican legislators to snap out of their focus on social issues and work together to help more people.

 

Raleigh, N.C. — House and Senate Democrats held a Tax Day press conference Wednesday to criticize the 2013 Republican tax overhaul and to pledge to work to change it.

 

The event was the final stop of what Progress NC, a left-leaning group, is calling the "Tax Hike Truth Tour," a campaign that's been traveling around the state during the last week criticizing Republican leaders for, they say, helping the wealthy at the expense of lower- and middle-class earners.

 

What an embarrassment for Boss Art Pope. In Wake County, his home base, his Republicans lost their short-lived grip on the school board. Their control of the Wake Board of County Commissioners isn't just gone, it's evaporated—the hated Democrats now hold all seven seats. In 2014, the countywide margin in commissioners' races was a solid 55–45 percent for the four Democratic victors.

DANVILLE, Va. — Duke Energy unveiled the Total Clean Station and other impressive technology Monday at the start of a six-week effort to recover the largest of three, known deposits from North Carolina’s Feb. 2 coal ash spill.

But the prospects look grim for recapturing huge amounts of the remaining ash that escaped through a ruptured drainage pipe at the Dan River Steam Station on the outskirts of Eden three months ago.

RALEIGH – The 2014 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly starts Wednesday with the prospect that this year it may indeed be a short one.

With the cost of campaigns rising and legislators under a ban on raising money during session, there’s all the more reason for lawmakers get out of town as quickly as possible. Toss into that mix a couple of wild cards: the speaker of the House is the GOP candidate in a tight U.S. Senate race and the head of the state Senate has a son in a congressional race.

So, short? Yes. But dull? No.

Almost one in 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers have left their jobs this school year, a rising number that district officials say appears to be partly driven by frustration with low pay.

As of April 9, 858 CMS teachers had resigned, retired or otherwise left the district. That’s 9.6 percent of 8,907 teachers, the highest number and percentage in the past five years.