Topics: N.C. General Assembly

The N.C. General Assembly, the state’s legislature, appropriates money to the UNC system every two years in its biennial budget. A tough economic period for the state has coincided with millions in budget cuts in recent years, prompting universities to reduce their faculty, staff, course sections and class sizes. The UNC system absorbed a state funding cut of $414 million, or 15.6 percent, for the 2011-12 academic year.

The first Republican majorities in both chambers of the legislature since 1898 were elected in the November 2010 general election, and they convened in January 2011.

Court blocks parts of NC voting law

An all-campus email Wednesday said the deadline to register to vote in the midterm election was Oct. 10 — but it turns out students might be able to register and fill out a ballot on the same day when early voting begins Oct. 23.

Thousands of LGBT advocates gather in Durham for NC Pride Parade


DURHAM — Colorful boas and homemade signs were plentiful among the thousands of people marching, dancing and cheering across Duke University’s East Campus on Saturday for the 30th annual N.C. Pride Festival and Parade.

National poverty rate drops, NC rate still higher than average

National and state poverty levels have decreased for the first time since before the recession, but North Carolina’s levels remain above the national average.

Early voting appeal denied at App State

A final push to save Appalachian State University’s on-campus early voting site was denied at the end of August — ensuring students will have to make a 20-minute trek to an off-campus site during November’s midterm elections.

Education schools see drop in enrollment in NC


As teachers continue to leave North Carolina for more enticing opportunities, the number of students pursuing education degrees in the state follows a similarly dismal trajectory.

Coal ash bill passes at end of NC session

Right before adjourning their short session, state legislators passed a bill Aug. 20 addressing coal ash regulations for energy companies — but environmental groups worry it doesn’t do enough.

NC voters will decide on right to jury trial

North Carolina voters will have the chance to add an amendment to the state’s constitution during the November election.

NC NAACP targets 2013 NC voting law

A shorter early voting period and the elimination of same-day voter registration are two parts of North Carolina’s year-old voting law slated to impact November’s elections.

More Moral Monday cases dismissed by NC judges


More than a dozen cases of protesters arrested during the 2013 Moral Monday protests have been dismissed in the last four weeks — and in a legal shift, the rulings have been made on a constitutional free speech basis.

Research centers fight to avoid more budget cuts


With all the money in the world, Grace Schmits would ask for just a little more space. 

Activists begin week of protesting NC legislature

Even now that the N.C. General Assembly’s short session has come to a close, activists are getting fired up — and they will return Friday to the streets of Raleigh to protest the actions of the legislature

UNC-system faculty to get pay hike

After four years of pay freezes  for UNC-system faculty in five years, a salary hike is on the way.

Q&A with Senate candidate Sean Haugh, 'Emperor of Pizza'


Sean Haugh, a 53-year-old pizza delivery man, had no intention of running for political office again. But the veteran Libertarian Party candidate and Durham resident is slated to face incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Speaker of the N.C. House, in November.

Board of Governors aims to cut costs, keep future tuition hikes to a minimum

For the first time since 2009, the UNC-system Board of Governors is entering a new academic year without significant state budget cuts on its conscience.

NC film incentive replaced with $10 million grant

Film production in North Carolina might be headed for a precipitous decline in the near future, as the state’s tax incentive program for film companies is slated to undergo a major change.

Abortion clinic rules still in progress after a year

A year after the N.C. General Assembly passed a controversial law tightening standards for abortion clinics, both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights activists are waiting to see exactly what these regulations will be.

Deadline passes for filing eugenics claims in NC

About 700 people have filed claims to receive compensation for being forcibly sterilized by the state — but hundreds of potential living victims could have missed last Monday’s deadline.

Legislators miss fiscal year deadline for passing state budget


To celebrate the new fiscal year Tuesday, state legislators had no finalized budget for 2014-15 and little to show for weeks of negotiations.

United Church of Christ challenges gay marriage ban

The United Church of Christ has joined the line of lawsuits against the state’s ban on gay marriage — and it is making an unconventional challenge.

Changes to incentives worry NC filmmakers

North Carolina was where UNC senior Erin Sands could see herself starting her filmmaking career.

It’s diverse, with both the Carolina coast and the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering it – but talks in the state legislature of cutting the 25 percent tax rebate on film projects is leaving Sands in limbo.

"If there aren't that many jobs here anymore, that might really affect me," she said.