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Marchers on Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh Wednesday headed toward the state legislature.
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Thousands of educators from across North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the state capitol in Raleigh to join the March for Students and Rally for Respect. Their message about the need for better pay and increased school funding was loud and clear. The response from Republican legislative leaders was a promise of more raises - but also a campaign to correct what they call misinformation about their efforts.

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North Carolina's primaries are just seven weeks away, but it's still not clear if they'll include votes for local judges. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Tuesday over whether those primaries can go forward this year.

Democrats in the legislature are pushing a series of what they call "common sense" restrictions on the sale and possession of guns. Five lawmakers including Senator Jeff Jackson of Charlotte called on leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly to take up their ideas this spring.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
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Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

A worker delivers bottled water to a home in Belmont, near Duke Energy's Allen coal plant. Duke will provide a permament drinking water supply to well owners by 2018.
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People who live near Duke Energy's North Carolina coal ash dumps on Thursday marked 1,000 days of living on bottled water, amid fears that their wells are contaminated. They're calling on lawmakers to adopt stronger groundwater standards to prevent contamination of private wells. And they want Duke to dig up and secure coal ash statewide - not just at a few sites as now required.

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Democrats at the state legislature in Raleigh walked out of a committee meeting Wednesday that was looking at potential changes to judicial election districts and judge selection. The walkout happened after the Republican committee leader, Sen. Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County, would not allow testimony from a retired judge that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper sent to speak on his behalf.

NC House Approves GOP Redistricting Maps

Aug 28, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans quickly positioned themselves Monday to approve new General Assembly districts before a court-ordered deadline later this week, even as Democrats argued the new maps display the same unlawful racial bias that judges found in the earlier ones.

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  A Charlotte-area lawmaker who pushed for the 2015 state law that bars state or local governments from removing Confederate memorials says Monday's toppling of a monument in Durham is regrettable, and he hopes the state can hold on to these historical symbols.  Meanwhile, in a web post Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper said that law should be repealed. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the Republican-proposed state budget, though his veto will likely be swiftly overridden. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old has been charged with the Memorial Day shooting that left one person dead and another injured. And, a Morganton man has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

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The head of the North Carolina NAACP hopes to be allowed to enter the Statehouse again after Monday. The Rev. William Barber has been banned since May 30, when he was arrested during a protest over health care. He is charged with second-degree trespassing. A Wake County magistrate imposed the ban on Barber and other arrested protesters as a condition of their release on bond.  Barber says the ban is wrong for several reasons.

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