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With Virginia moving forward, state Democratic leaders want NC to be next to legalize marijuana

With Virginia moving forward, state Democratic leaders want NC to be next to legalize marijuana

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — With with legalizing marijuana, some Democrats in North Carolina are pushing for North Carolina to be next.A filed this week in the Senate would legalize it for medical purposes, while would fully legalize it, including recreationally.“Medical use of marijuana should be the top priority, but it was important for me to also look at beginning the conversations around legalizing the recreational use of marijuana because so many other states are moving on this,” said Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake), one of the primary sponsors of the bill to legalize marijuana.“This issue...

April 8, 2021
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NC likely to require looking for work while receiving unemployment benefits again

NC likely to require looking for work while receiving unemployment benefits again

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — State officials overseeing North Carolina’s unemployment benefits say they could reinstate the requirement that people receiving those benefits also look for work in a matter of weeks, though a precise date is uncertain.North Carolina Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Pryor Gibson recently told state lawmakers that change is “imminent,” but he also raised some concerns about how that could impact people relying on those weekly payments.“We’re affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. And, we’re just very cautious when we flip something...

February 22, 2021
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NCDOT looking to improve oversight after agency overspent $742 million in 2019

NCDOT looking to improve oversight after agency overspent $742 million in 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Leaders of the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Wednesday they’re making some changes following an audit that outlined how the agency overspent by about $742 million last year, with lawmakers saying they’re drafting legislation to improve oversight.“I’m certainly not for sending any taxpayer money to DOT without some accountability and without some new eyes looking at what’s going on,” said Sen. Tom McInnis (R-25th District).DOT announced last week it will furlough all 9,400 full-time employees, citing a $300 million decrease in revenue amid the...

May 27, 2020
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Gov. Cooper: RNC ‘unlikely’ to happen in Charlotte as organizers want

Gov. Cooper: RNC ‘unlikely’ to happen in Charlotte as organizers want

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper said a Republic National Convention is unlikely to occur as organizers want as the conditions in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change.The governor released a letter he sent to the RNC after the group said it wanted a “full convention” with 19,000 in attendance.“As much as want the conditions surround COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the Convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely,” Cooper wrote.Cooper says the RNC had acknowledged that a scaled down convention was needed for the health and safety of...

June 2, 2020
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