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North Carolina governor signs Texas-style anti-abortion bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has signed an anti-abortion bill on Friday that allows the state’s health agency to impose strict regulations that match those of outpatient surgical centers, according to the pro-choice group NARAL North Carolina. Though McCorory had previously objected to the bill because he thought the…

Same-sex couples still face discrimination, despite DOMA downfall

Landmark supreme court decision has not solved problems faced by couples in states where gay marriage is not legal After a decade and a half posing as the friend, room-mate and, at a military hospital after the birth of their first child, the sister of her long-term partner, Ashley Broadway…

North Carolina becomes first state to disqualify itself for federal jobless benefits

A new law taking effect in North Carolina over the weekend will cut unemployment benefits for new claims and disqualify the state from receiving federal funds for the long-term jobless. According the The Associated Press, lawmakers passed the bill in February to accelerate the repayment of $2.5 billion federal debt…

North Carolina House votes to repeal landmark Racial Justice Act

Representatives in the North Carolina House voted 77-39 Wednesday to repeal a law that sought to address systematic racism in capital punishment cases. North Carolina’s Senate Bill 306 would repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA). The 2009 law allowed death row inmates to have their death sentence converted to life…

North Carolina bill allows ‘establishment of religion’ by state government

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed a bill that they say would allow to the state to establish an official religion and defy the Constitution of the United States. Nine state House members joined with Republican state Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford of Rowan County to sponsor House…

North Carolina teachers flock to free concealed carry class

Educators in North Carolina gathered at a gun range on Saturday to attend a free concealed carry class. So many teachers arrived for the class that the gun range was forced to turn many of them away, according to local news station WSOCTV. The Rowan County Wildlife Association hosted the…

Three more states consider rebelling against Citizens United ruling

Resolutions condemning the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling have been introduced to the state legislatures of North Carolina, West Virginia, and New Hampshire. The three pieces of symbolic legislation — SJR 109 in North Carolina, HR 9 in West Virginia, and HR 7 in New Hampshire — all call…

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue will not seek re-election: report

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue (D) will not run for a second term, reports said Thursday. At least two sources told The Washington Post that Purdue would release a statement later in the afternoon confirming her intentions. North Carolina’s first woman governor faced an uphill battle after being elected amid…

NC panel: Victims of forced sterilization should get $50,0000

A panel in North Carolina has recommended that victims of the state’s eugenics program should receive a one-time payment of $50,000. The state estimates that 7,600 people were sterilized as a part of the program between 1929 and 1974, many by force or coercion. As of 2010, there were as…

‘Sims’ designer creating new game for real life

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including “SimCity”, “The Sims” and “Spore”, is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of “HiveMind” is the actual player. “HiveMind,” a group of cross-platform, cross-media…

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