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More than 50 new laws in NC include abortion, guns (access required)

North Carolina concealed weapon permit holders will have more leeway to bring their handguns into bars and restaurants and onto school and university property starting Tuesday as all or portions of more than 50 laws approved earlier this year are carried out. Other new laws set for Oct. 1 enactment by the General Assembly will place additional rules on abortions, require new consumer protections when they're billed by hospitals and doctors, and demand higher fees for boat licensing.

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McCrory seeks to retool community college funding (access required)

Tinkering with how to calculate state money North Carolina's community colleges receive has left many campuses this fall with fewer instructors, larger classes and reduced services for students seeking skills to build careers. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill that contained a provision changing the base funding formula for the 58 colleges have used since 1999. McCrory recommended such a change in his own budget proposal, and legislative leaders essentially went along with it.

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McCrory may benefit from vetoes no matter outcome

Republicans leading the General Assembly and the executive branch find themselves in an intraparty tug-of-war over relatively low-key legislation that may reveal who's got political strength in Raleigh and let Gov. Pat McCrory display some independence. The legislature reconvenes Tuesday to consider whether to override two McCrory vetoes on bills requiring government drug testing of some welfare applicants and broadening exceptions for employers required to confirm whether new employees can work in the country.

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N.C. protesters rally to keep pressure on lawmakers (access required)

Civil rights activists focused squarely on North Carolina's Republican elected officials Wednesday as they used rallies across the state marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to criticize GOP policies. The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People led "Take the Dream Home" protests throughout the state, scheduling them in each of the state's 13 congressional districts — from Elizabeth City to Sylva and places in between.

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NC presidential primary poised for earlier date

North Carolina Republican leaders have decided it's time the state's voters get near the front of the pack for good in choosing the next president. But how North Carolina cut in line this summer for 2016 is riling up its close neighbor because the primary would bump up against South Carolina's prized first-in-the-South designation, threatening its influence. The national parties could penalize the state, too.

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