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Archive for June, 2012

NC Senate wants lawmakers to change schedule

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – There’s a move afoot again in the Senate to adjust the North Carolina General Assembly’s schedule in the name of efficiency.

The Senate agreed Wednesday to an amendment inserted into a “technical corrections” bill to create a one-day meeting of the Legislature in early January in odd-numbered years. The Legislature would convene that day to elect House and Senate leaders and adopt operating rules for the coming two-year session. Lawmakers would return later in January to begin work on legislation.

Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Concord offered the amendment. He said many lawmakers feel the current method of gathering in late January to pick leaders and begin work leads to wasted time.

The Senate has passed a similar idea before. Hartsell said he believes there’s House support for it this year.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC committee OKs bill that gives felons new start

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Senate Rules Committee has approved a bill that would allow some felons in North Carolina to get a fresh start.

Committee members approved the bill Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate.

The bill would allow a judge to erase some nonviolent felony convictions provided the individual meets a series of requirements. To get the crimes expunged, 15 years must have passed since the conviction and “good moral character” must be established and vouched for.

Proponents argue it gives repentant individuals a second chance and allows them to better contribute to society. Opponents worry the measure is soft on crime and harms business owners.

Similar legislation has been attempted for about a decade, but the current incarnation has garnered the key endorsement of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC dentist group, office managers reach agreement

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An expensive legislative fight between a professional organization for North Carolina dentists and companies that help manage dental practices has ended for now with legislation both sides say is a good step forward.

A legislative committee said Wednesday it supports a bill labeled as a compromise by lobbyists representing dental service organizations and the North Carolina Dental Society.

The society has pushed since last year legislation that would have regulated more closely dental organizations to ensure they were not determining patient treatment.

The management groups formed an alliance that hired several lobbyists to stop the bill and ran television ads pushing their case. The society ran its own commercial.

The compromise Tuesday night puts regulations in the hands of a task force organized by the state dental examiner board.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Tourism group’s budget goes up

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

$450,000 increase means adding a position, cost-of-living raises for salaries

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Comic book store to celebrate The Walking Dead series

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Zombie-themed events will celebrate 100th issue

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