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House Passes GOP Budget That Sharply Cuts Spending

Posted: 03/21/2013 - House Republicans have passed a budget plan that would bring the federal government's finances into balance in 10 years by sharply cutting safety-net programs for the poor and by clamping down on domestic agencies.

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Rockets Hit Israel As Obama To Meet Palestinians

Posted: 03/21/2013 - On the second day of a Mideast tour, U.S. President Barack Obama is set to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a message underscored when militants in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel.

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Senate Approves Huge 2013 Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in widely decried spending cuts aimed at restraining soaring federal deficits - and to avoid a government shutdown just a week away.

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NC County Commissioners Open Meeting With Prayer

Posted: 03/18/2013 - Rowan County commissioners have opened their latest public meeting with a prayer, one week after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a lawsuit over the practice.

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House Bill On Voting To Include Other Forms Of ID

Updated: 03/17/2013 - A spokesman for Speaker Thom Tillis is confirming that a House bill on voter identification likely will include IDs such as expired drivers' licenses for older people and those that colleges issue for students.

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RNC To Spend $10 Million To Reach Minorities

Posted: 03/17/2013 - The head of the Republican National Committee says the party will spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of paid staffers into communities to talk with Hispanic, black and Asian voters.

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Charm Offensive Produces No Breakthroughs

Posted: 03/16/2013 - Over dinner at a swank hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would support a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Medicare, set at 65 since the program's inception more than four decades ago.

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Cooper Seeks Limits On For-Profit College Spending

Posted: 03/16/2013 - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is joining his colleagues in 13 other states in asking Congress to limit what for-profit schools can spend on recruitment, advertising and marketing.

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Groups Praise State Legislation On Drone Use

Posted: 03/15/2013 - A civil rights group is praising legislation to limit the use of unmanned aircraft by North Carolina people and police and criminalize conduct involving drones that crosses that line.

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TSA Stands By Plan To Allow Small Knives On Planes

Posted: 03/14/2013 - The head of the Transportation Security Administration told lawmakers Thursday he stands by his plan to allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a growing backlash against the proposal.

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Senate Panel Approves Assault Weapons Ban

Posted: 03/14/2013 - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved an assault weapons ban in a party-line vote that underscores how hard it will be for the measure to survive in the full Senate.

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Burr Bill Extends Coverage For Lejeune Toxic Water

Posted: 03/13/2013 - Republican Sen. Richard Burr has filed a bill to make more Marines and their families eligible for health care for illnesses suffered because of toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

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Public Speaks Out On Photo ID To Vote In NC

Posted: 03/12/2013 - North Carolina citizens are trying to persuade House members to their way of thinking on requiring citizens to show photo identification before voting.

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US Officials: North Korea Poses Serious Threat

Posted: 03/12/2013 - The director of National Intelligence says an unpredictable North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, stands as a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations.

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Local Officials Doubt MetLife Over $2M Break

Posted: 03/12/2013 - Some NC officials suspect they were duped before approving about $2 million to coax MetLife Inc. to bring 2,600 jobs from the Northeast and California.

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