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December 19, 2016

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NEWS & OBSERVER: NC School board seeks criminal probe over bogus diplomas

North Carolina’s public school board on Monday took the rare step of asking a prosecutor to investigate whether a Durham charter school’s employees committed crimes after more than 50 students graduated without earning their diplomas.

HB 2 Update

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Roy Cooper: NC General Assembly will meet Tuesday to repeal HB 2

Following a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said Monday that Legislative leaders have promised him to call a special session Tuesday to repeal House Bill 2.

Health & Human Services

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Triad, state remain behind pace for moving people from adult care homes to independent living

The state nearly doubled the number of individuals who have moved out of adult care homes and into independent housing during fiscal 2015-16, legislators were told during a recent health oversight committee.

In the Courts

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Road closed: Appeals court halts proposed Garden Parkway

A federal appeals court applied the brakes Tuesday on a proposed toll road that would have linked Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, saying it faces “multiple barriers to construction.”

Leadership Changes

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House Democratic Leader Rep. Larry Hall of Durham says he’ll step down from position

Rep. Larry Hall of Durham says he won’t seek another term as House Democratic leader when the legislature’s 2017 session begins in January.

Special Session Held

WITN-NEWS: McCrory signs aid package for Hurricane Matthew, wildfires

A $200 million disaster recovery bill easily cleared the Senate Wednesday morning and was headed to Gov. Pat McCrory to be signed into law.

WRAL-NEWS: Democrats protest as GOP calls surprise special session

The additional special session that began Wednesday afternoon caught Democrats by surprise, but plans for the session were in the works Monday — and that’s prompted a protest that the session is unconstitutional.

SUN HERALD: What did North Carolina’s legislature do in special session?

Here’s a look at what the North Carolina General Assembly accomplished or set aside during a three-day special session that ended Friday.