Politics

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Updated 6:01 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings Monday in two gerrymandering cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, that are being closely watched in North Carolina. But the rulings don't touch on the key issue, whether it's legal to redraw districts to give an unfair advantage to a political party.

Oliver Merino

Latino voter turnout in Mecklenburg County spiked during the May primary, according to elections data. Experts and organizations are attributing the increase to the Sheriff's race and local immigration policies. Now, election observers are wondering if the momentum will continue into the general election.

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A proposal working its way through the Charlotte City Council takes aim at climate change, by setting a goal of converting city buildings and vehicles to clean energy within 12 years. The city also wants to encourage residents and businesses to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

A bill addressing opioid abuse by creating new crimes against medical workers and granting certain police investigators easier access to prescription records awaits Governor Roy Cooper’s signature. The Senate quickly approved the measure, known as the HOPE Act, 41-3 Thursday.

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Updated 11:40 p.m.
North Carolina lawmakers will have to iron out their differences on how to pay for a buyout or changes to the NCDOT's controversial contract for toll lanes on I-77 near Charlotte. That's after the House late Thursday failed to concur on Senate changes to a House transportation bill. 

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Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are again looking at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action.

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It’s now up to the North Carolina Senate to give final approval to legislation that would establish a tracking system of sexual assault evidence collection kits. The House this week gave the idea a resounding endorsement with the unanimous passage of the legislation.

An aerial view shows toll lane construction on I-77 at I-277 near uptown Charlotte.
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  Updated 4:03 p.m.
North Carolina lawmakers say they've come up with a way to pay for canceling or modifying NCDOT's contract with a private company building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. But NCDOT officials have warned there may be problems with the idea.

Two of President Trump’s picks came out ahead in Tuesday's South Carolina primaries. Governor Henry McMaster was the top vote-getter in the Republican primary, but did not get the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. 

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A bill filed by Republican legislative leaders last week would let voters decide whether to add a constitutional amendment to require photo IDs at the polls. A federal court shot down a previous attempt at Voter ID laws in North Carolina. If the question gets on the ballot this fall and passes, would it stand up to a legal challenge?

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