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May 1, 2017

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WRAL-NEWS: Former WRAL reported Mark Binker dies

Insider Editor Mark Binker died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday.


DURHAM HERALD SUN: With closet cleaned at NC General Assembly, issuesstill remain

The Republican-controlled General Assembly just pushed past its biennial”crossover” deadline, as more than 200 bills cleared either the House orthe Senate during the week.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislative road kill: Some bills start to cross,but don’t make it

Hundreds of ideas die a quiet death in the legislature.


WILKES JOURNAL-PATRIOT: Compromise is reaches on class size

The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill designed to ensurenew class-size requirements don’t put art, music and physical educationspecialists out of a job.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC may change what is labeled a low-performingschool

Hundreds of schools each year would avoid the stigma of being labeled bythe state as low-performing under a bill unanimously approved by the stateHouse on Wednesday.

WILSON TIMES: Campus free-speech bill passed NC House

North Carolina House members on Wednesday passed House Bill 527,Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, but not without some partisan sparringover the necessity of the legislation.

Environment & Natural Resources

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: After one bill fails, NC lawmakers fileanother to regulate wind energy development

As one wind-regulating measure failed in a North Carolina House committee,another bill has been filed to take its place.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Who can do eye surgery? Lawmakers back off frommaking changes

The months-long debate over whether optometrists can perform certain eyesurgeries ended — at least for the moment — after the state House turnedHB 36 into a study bill.

In the Courts

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Panel of NC judges backs Cooper over electionchanges

North Carolina judges on Friday put a temporary brake on renewed efforts byRepublican state lawmakers to curtail the new Democratic governor’s controlover state and local elections.

Justice & Public Safety

RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL: NC House hides police video from electedofficials and public

An amendment to House Bill 797 stripped the ability of city and towncouncils to view footage of police recordings without a court order.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Drivers who hit protesters blocking roads could beprotected under NC House bill

Drivers who hit a protester who’s blocking the road couldn’t be sued forinjuries if they “exercise due care,” under a bill that passed the N.C.House on Thursday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Crime victims’ rights could be constitutionalamendment

Crime victims and their families would be guaranteed certain rights in thestate Constitution, if voters approve, under a bill that cleared the Houseon Thursday.

Leadership Changes

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper appoints Democrat to fill NC appeals courtseat after GOP judge makes surprise early retirement

Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday appointed John Arrowood to fill a seat on thestate Court of Appeals vacated the same day by Doug McCullough, aRepublican who reaches the mandatory retirement age next month.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Brunch bill to change Sunday drinking laws isstill alive, sponsor says

Supporters of North Carolina’s “brunch bill” may have felt a mimosa-sizedhole in their hearts Thursday night when a key legislative deadline passedwithout the proposal advancing.


DURHAM HERALD SUN: Votes keep Durham-Orange light rail, bus plans ontrack to engineering phase

GoTriangle got the final two votes needed Friday to keep the Durham-OrangeLight-Rail Transit project moving through the Federal TransitAdministration’s grant process.

Veto Overrides

WTVD-NEWS: General Assembly overrides Cooper’s elections board veto

Republicans in the North Carolina House and Senate have completed theiroverride of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure trying a second time tocombine the state elections board and ethics commission.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Republicans override Cooper’s veto in latestclash

Republican lawmakers have voted to override new Democratic Gov. RoyCooper’s veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections,the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away atexecutive branch power.