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AP Exclusive: 'Bathroom Bill' to Cost North Carolina $3.76B

Mar 27, 2017

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

 President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

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  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has taken his oath of office minutes after midnight Sunday to get an early start amid bitter partisan politics.

The Democrat was sworn in as the state's 75th governor nearly a week before his public inauguration ceremony. A small group of family, friends and colleagues joined him.

State Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath in the short ceremony not far from where revelers gathered in downtown Raleigh to celebrate the new year.

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have charged two juveniles with starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, local District Attorney General James Dunn and Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference Wednesday.

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The rising Tar River is forcing the evacuation of Princeville, North Carolina, a town destroyed in flooding from Hurricane Floyd 17 years ago.

Edgecombe County announced on its Facebook page that a curfew will go into effect at 7 p.m. Sunday and they are bringing in buses to help get out the town's 2,000 residents.

The National Weather Service says the Tar River at nearby Tarboro is already nearly 6 feet above flood stage. It is forecast to crest Monday at nearly 36 feet, well into major flood stage but below the record 41.5-foot mark set in Floyd in 1999.

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In his years as a reality TV boss on "The Apprentice," Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he'd like to have sex with.

The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him.

Little-known former Democratic state legislator Deborah Ross is counting on public anger over the GOP political takeover of North Carolina to help her upset two-term U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a victory that could also help hand control of the U.S. Senate back to Democrats.  Despite scant name recognition at the start of the election, Ross has pulled even with Burr in the polls in a state that is split almost evenly ideologically.

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About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said at a news conference Monday that North Carolina appears headed for a "state-government-inflicted recession" while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

Trillium has more than $2 billion in assets under management.

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 The Southern Conference will make a faster decision on whether to pull championships out of North Carolina.

The NCAA announced earlier this week it will move championships out of North Carolina because of a state law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate.

The Atlantic Coast Conference decided Wednesday to pull the football championship out of Charlotte this year for the same reason.

Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino told local media earlier the issue would be discussed in October.

McCrory: Chamber Helped Shape HB2

Sep 8, 2016
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says business lobbyists helped shape a state law limiting protections for LGBT people but that also included employer-friendly provisions banning local minimum wage increases and making it harder for workers to sue for workplace discrimination.

McCrory's assertion contradicts statements by the head of the state's Chamber of Commerce and his aides, who have denied a role in shaping the legislation called House Bill 2.

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In a rare policy address by a vice presidential nominee, Democrat Tim Kaine showcased his own foreign policy expertise Tuesday and painted Donald Trump as clueless and dangerous when it comes to world affairs.

"The prospect of the emotionally volatile, fact-challenged, self-obsessed and inexperienced Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares me to death," Kaine said at a historic USO building in the swing state of North Carolina.

A spokeswoman at Fort Bragg says there have been five travel-related cases of the Zika virus confirmed since June at the North Carolina Army post.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will campaign Thursday at a historically black university in Charlotte.

The campaign said Clinton will speak at noon at a voter registration event at Johnson C. Smith University. Clinton will also hold a private fundraiser in the city that day.

It will be a busy week for politics in North Carolina.

Republican nominee Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday evening at the Greenville Convention Center to discuss immigration.

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to spend $8.1 million on television ads in the North Carolina Senate race, where Republican incumbent Richard Burr is facing a spirited Democratic challenge.

With a goal of keeping the chamber in GOP hands, the Senate Leadership Fund said Thursday that it's reserving ad time starting Sept. 13 in nearly all of the state's TV markets. A nonprofit arm of the fund previously announced $2.5 million in ads praising Burr for efforts to preserve Medicare.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is slated to deliver what Hillary Clinton's campaign calls a "major national security address" next week in North Carolina.

The Clinton campaign announced the speech would occur in Wilmington on Tuesday but didn't immediately have more location details Thursday. A campaign release says the U.S. senator from Virginia would emphasize Clinton's credentials to be commander in chief and her vision to "make America safer and stronger together."

Kaine last visited North Carolina in Asheville for public campaign events two weeks ago.

US High Court Refuses to Reinstate NC Voter ID

Aug 31, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination.

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A national group seeking to elect Democratic governors says Vice President Joe Biden will attend one of its fundraisers next month in North Carolina, where Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.

The Democratic Governors Association confirmed this week that Biden will participate in its Sept. 12 private fundraising event at a Raleigh home. The association considers McCrory's seat the best chance for Democrats to flip a gubernatorial seat that a Republican now holds.

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An exercise to draw North Carolina's congressional boundaries while bypassing political data hopefully will increase interest in "nonpartisan" redistricting and avoid extensive future litigation seen for decades over challenged maps, former state jurists said Monday.

Former state Supreme Court chief justices and other judges from both parties unveiled the districts they drew for North Carolina's 13 seats in the U.S. House using basic population numbers and other guidelines laid out in proposed legislation.

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Abortion-right advocates remain suspicious of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory about protecting access to the procedure and want him to know they're still watching his actions.

The activists say they'll deliver Tuesday to McCrory's office a petition telling him he should stop enacting what they call unnecessary barriers to safe and legal abortions. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is assembling the event.

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Advocacy groups said Monday they will ask an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina.

They filed their notice of appeal after a federal judge's preliminary ruling said two transgender students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses.

Early voting schedules for the fall elections remain unresolved in at least one-quarter of North Carolina's counties following a federal court ruling that struck down key portions of the state's 2013 voter identification and ballot access law.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined Republican legislators acted with discriminatory intent toward black voters when they approved several provisions, including one that reduced the number of early voting days from a maximum of 17 days to ten.

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A federal judge has temporarily ruled that the University of North Carolina can't block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday partially granted a preliminary injunction to the students and the employee in response to their lawsuit challenging a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate in North Carolina have unveiled their first television ads for the fall election.

Republican incumbent Richard Burr's campaign says a commercial that started airing Tuesday highlights a black pastor who runs a Raleigh center designed to help children from low-income families learn science and math. The campaign says the center uses child-care subsidies — something Burr has worked on in the Senate.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican already running in November to succeed former Sen. Tom Apodaca will now serve the remainder of Apodaca's term through the end of the year.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed business owner Chuck Edwards to the 48th Senate District seat covering Henderson and Transylvania counties and part of Buncombe County. Local GOP activists last week picked Edwards to complete Apodaca's two-year term after Apodaca resigned July 15. Apodaca had already announced last year he wasn't seeking re-election.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office says it's appealing a judge's decision refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by the news media that says the administration fails to comply with the state's open records law.

The Charlotte Observer reported the governor's office filed a request Monday to prevent news media attorneys from taking statements from witnesses while an appeal is prepared.

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Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes is back as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party after GOP activists removed Hasan Harnett from the post for misconduct.  A majority of voting members of the party's Executive Committee Saturday in Raleigh elected Hayes over two other candidates to serve out Harnett's term through the middle of next year.  Hayes served as chairman from mid-2011 to mid-2013, a period of great success for the party as it expanded its advantages in the legislature and Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in 20 years.

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A federal judge is dismissing lawsuits challenging a North Carolina election law that requires voters to show photo identification when casting ballots.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder's ruling Monday leaves in place the state law that requires those voting in person to show an accepted type of photo ID, eliminates same-day registration, and ends out-of-precinct voting.

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The pop group Maroon 5 has joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of the passage of legislation that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.

The members said they won't appear Sept. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte or Sept. 12 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The band announced on its website Friday that its members feel canceling "is morally right as we feel everyone should be treated equally."

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 Corporations have expressed disappointment and the NCAA has vowed to watch what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  RedHat, American Airlines, IBM, Biogen and PayPal were among major employers condemning the new law yesterday.  The legislature called a special session Wednesday to void a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, and would have provided broad protections a

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