First lady Michelle Obama is planning to visit Raleigh and Charlotte to meet with military families, school children and to make remarks in advance of this summer's Democratic National Convention in the Queen City.
The group will examine whether unemployment fraud penalties are similar to those for other acts of fraud and how to make workforce training and job placement a key mission of the recently revamped state Division of Unemployment Security.
The group called State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations made no recommendations on whether North Carolina should allow fracking, but said if it happens, state regulations would have to be prepared.
Occupy Charlotte members are waiting the weekend for a judge to decide whether the city's new anti-camping ordinance violates constitutional rights or is reasonable ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
Richard Speer of Fayetteville on Friday became the third Republican to challenge U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District seat representing the central Piedmont. They face Sonya Holmes of Broadway and Clement Munno of Aberdeen in the GOP primary in May.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is against a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay marriage in North Carolina because she says it would harm the state's ability to recruit business and jobs and have negative consequences for families and children.