The North Carolina House decided to meet in the wee hours to complete work on its version of the state budget.
The chamber convened early Friday just after midnight and quickly approved its two-year government spending plan by a vote of 80-31. It was the second of two required votes on the Republican proposal. Preliminary approval came late Thursday after several hours of debate. About a dozen Democrats joined nearly all Republicans voting for the plan.
The bill now returns to the Senate, which approved its own plan last month. The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to formally reject the measure next week, setting up a conference committee to eliminate House and Senate differences. They aim to get a final measure to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper later this month.
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Police are investigating after a couple says they were robbed and sexually assaulted in uptown early Thursday morning. According to a police report filed with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, the victims were walking in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center when the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m.
Investigators say that the victims told officers they were confronted by the suspect with a handgun. Police say the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Tevin Quayshawn Williams, forced the couple into a nearby alleyway. The male victim was then bound while the female was sexually assaulted, according to CMPD. Click here for more information.
A House committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would eliminate North Carolina's requirement that people obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
House Bill 746 creates "parity" for people who are allowed to carry guns openly but suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the law if they put on a jacket and cover up their holstered sidearms simply because they lack a concealed carry permit, said sponsor Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender.
"This bill would allow law-abiding citizens to be able to carry concealed, regardless of obtaining the mandatory government permit, and this ability to carry concealed is only in places where it is currently allowable to openly carry a firearm," Millis said, noting 13 other U.S. states have similar rules on the books. Click here for more.
The United States is leaving an international agreement aimed at lowering greenhouse gases.
"I am fighting every day for the great people of this country," President Donald Trump said during a speech at the White House Thursday afternoon. "Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the U.S. with withdraw from the Paris climate accord."
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