A Republican state senator says this two-year term in the North Carolina General Assembly will be his last.
Top Senate budget-writers have written an early-session spending bill that in part seeks to ensure a panel drafting new academic standards for North Carolina's public schools has money to perform its work.
The bill filed Monday directs the Department of Public Instruction to transfer $275,000 to help the panel, which was created last year.
The State Legislature was back in session Wednesday in Raleigh for their first full day of 2015.
North Carolina government health officials have developed new rules for the state's abortion clinics more than a year after the legislature demanded upgrades so that they would be treated like outpatient surgery centers.
The proposed regulations were released Monday.
North Carolina's General Assembly is finalizing the annual spending plan for education, public health, transportation and other government services.
Colleagues of the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt are planning to gather in western North Carolina to bid the lawmaker farewell and honor his legacy representing mountain constituents.
There's another push to change North Carolina's redistricting laws. Right now, there are very few competitive districts because Republicans and Democrats can draw such specific lines.