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north carolina's voter id law is defeated, for now

The Supreme Court declined to review the law that lower courts found to be discriminatory, but made no judgment on the merits of the policy.

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NBC’s Pete Williams reports on the Supreme Court’s refusal to consider an appeal to a 2013 North Carolina voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country.

bathroom bill: former north carolina governor looks for work

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory , who was defeated in his reelection campaign this past November, now says he's having trouble finding jobs in the private sector because of the backlash against the state's controversial "bathroom bill.""Even after I left office people are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ which is the last thing I am,” McCrory said in a podcast on World Radio on March 10. "I'm in some ways actually liberal on some of these issues. I'm a libertarian, on many of these issues but I don't think the city government, a state government, a federal government should be able to tell the private sector what the new definition of 'gender' is.The bill, known as HB2, passed the North Carolina state legislature in 2016, and required people to use the publi

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north carolina gop files bill voiding same-sex marriage

Three Republican lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to outlaw same-sex marriage within North Carolina.House Bill 780, otherwise known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act," says the United States Supreme Court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it negated an amendment of North Carolina's constitution in its 2015 landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.If passed, North Carolina's new bill would invalidate same-sex marriage, reportedly including marriages that have already been officiated — both in and out of the state — despite the Supreme Court's ruling.The bill's main sponsors are Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, who in the filed bill cite a 61% affirmative vote for Article 14, Section 6 of the state's constitution t

north carolina's 'bathroom bill' to cost $3.76 billion

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The gr

india open super series 2017: pv sindhu vs carolina marin – preview

Fantastic performance by India’s latest badminton sensation, PV Sindhu, at the closely-fought semi-final against World No. 4 Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea at the ongoing India open tournament, saw her move to the grand finale of the championship. This time, PV Sindhu will once again clash against the World No. 3 Carolina Marin of Spain in New Delhi on Sunday.India Open Super Series 2017: PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin – PreviewIn the other Semi final, Carolina Marin also defeated the top seeded Akane Yamaguchi (World Ranking 2) in two consecutive set victories with 21-16, 21-14 to clash against PV Sindhu at the grand finale of the ongoing India Open tournament.PV Sindhu is currently enjoying a sublime form. Earlier, in the quarter final, she defeated ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in a shocki

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks late in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  NCAA Photos/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kr

pv sindhu beats carolina marin to clinch india open super series 2017 trophy

Nothing succeeds like success and who knows it more than our very own PV Sindhu. The 21-year-old athlete is now raising the bar of her performance with every match. Today, she finally defeated her arch-rival Carolina Marin in two consecutive victories to avenge her Rio Olympics final loss that she swallowed last year in Rio de Janeiro.PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to clinch India Open Super Series 2017 TrophyInterestingly, PV Sindhu wrapped the match within an hour and half and didn’t let the match move to third round. The Spaniard looked helpless in front of PV Sindhu. Sindhu’s determination to win India Open Super Series 2017 women’s singles tournament in straight games was evident from the very first match in this championship. She beat top athletes like Sung Ji Hyun and her compatriot

north carolina lift ncaa basketball title with win over gonzaga

North Carolina made up for last year's title-decider heartbreak by putting together a late run to overhaul Gonzaga 71-65 in the final of the NCAA men's basketball championship.Trailing 65-63 with less than two minutes remaining, North Carolina ended the contest with an 8-0 spurt to pull clear of their fellow top-seeded opponents.
The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo: Getty ImagesThe triumph at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona came in sharp contrast to the scenes of utter dejection a year ago when the Tar Heels fell to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in Houston, Texas."They wanted redemption," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters after claiming his third career national title."I told my team with three minutes le

north carolina republicans announce 'bathroom bill' deal

Protestors gather near the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., May 16, 2016.  Al Drago—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.GOP leaders announced the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it. And leaders of gay rights groups were incensed about the anticipated proposal and vowed political punishment for elected officials who support it.Cooper, who ran successfu

bathroom bill: north carolina hopes it saves ncaa chances

Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore, center, flanked by fellow Republicans, speaks at a press conference after HB 142 passed in the General Assembly March 30, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. (Chris Sweard/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images) Chris Sweard—Raleigh News & Observer/ Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Basketball-mad North Carolina is hoping its move to roll back its "bathroom bill" will help it avoid another costly hit when the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports.College athletics' governing body said that it is deciding this week on locations for tournaments through the spring of 2022 and that it wouldn't award any to North Carolina if the law known as House Bill 2 was still on the books.On Thursday, amid the mounting pressure, North Carolina's Repu

march madness 2017: barack obama reveals his picks

Barack Obama may not be president anymore, but that's not stopping him from continuing one of his presidential traditions.The former commander-in-chief publicly revealed his NCAA tournament brackets for the ninth straight year via the Obama Foundation, selecting the University of North Carolina to win it all on the men's side, and the University of Connecticut to take home the trophy on the women's.In the men's tourney, Obama has Duke, Kansas and Arizona joining North Carolina in the Final Four. The president expects Duke to triumph over Arizona before falling to North Carolina in the championship.Notre Dame, South Carolina and Washington are also predicted to reach the women's Final Four along with Connecticut. Obama has Notre Dame defeating South Carolina before losing to UConn in the ti

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kris Jenkins' 3-point dagger at the buzzer for Villanova."I wanted to see this confetti fall on us and we're the winners," said Carolina's Joel Berry II, who led the Heels with 22 points. "We came out here a

final four: gonzaga faces north carolina for national title

Gonzaga players celebrate after the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, on April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzaga won 77-73.  David J. Phillip—APThe "buts." Gonzaga University, a small Jesuit school out in Spokane, Wash., that will play for the NCAA men's basketball championship on Monday night against North Carolina, can't stop hearing the "buts." Gonzaga's a good basketball team, but ... the Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference, a league that toils outside the football-driven "Power 5" conference structure. They've never made the Final Four (until this season). They're not-battle tested. They're nervous.Since 1999, when Gonzaga made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, the Gonzaga has oozed excellence. They've made the NCAA tou

ncaa decision on north carolina hb2 repeal: what it means

General view of the NCAA logo on the floor during action at University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Robbins—Getty ImagesThe NCAA announced on Tuesday that the deal was good enough.After more than a year of controversy in North Carolina over HB2, a law widely viewed as discriminatory toward LGBT people, Republican lawmakers and the state's new Democratic governor reached a deal to repeal it last week. And the NCAA, which had joined many businesses in boycotting the state over the measure, "reluctantly" said that North Carolina could again be considered as a host for college championship games. The new law, which removed the requirement that transgender people use bathrooms that match birth certificates but still blocks local protections for LGBT people, "minimally

north carolina: 'bathroom law' repeal clears senate

Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  Sara D. Davis—Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is intended to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections.Not everyone is pleased with the deal between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor. Social conservatives would prefer to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Gay rights groups believe the replacement bill allows discrimination.Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor."This bill is at best a punt, at worst a betrayal of principle," said the Republ

clay aiken celebrates north carolina overturning controversial hb2 'bathroom bil

Clay Aiken voiced his support for a deal North Carolina lawmakers reached on Thursday (March 30) to repeal the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" that limited transgender peoples' rights to use restrooms matching their gender identity."Never underestimate the power of college basketball in the state of #NC    - So long #HB2 #HB2Repeal," Aiken tweeted after the state's House passed the bill 70-48 and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed it into law. Aiken is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the state's 2nd congressional district election.When HB2 was passed last March under former Gov. Pat McCrory, it received a massive political and financial backlash that included a face-off between the basketball-loving state and the NCAA. The NCAA responded

supreme court discusses sex offender's social media ban

Packingham's lawyer David Goldberg argues that the ban covers "vast swaths" of core First Amendment speech, even parts that have nothing to do with preventing child abuse. He agrees that social media ban as a condition of parole is reasonable, but a lifetime ban is a denial of free speech. Goldberg's argument has led to the discussion of whether it's possible to live these days without Facebook or Twitter, especially since numerous politicians use them religiously. "This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan said. She reasoned that under North Carolina's social media ban "a person couldn't go onto those sites and find out what these members of our government are thinking or saying or doing." The justices also questioned the North Carolina

wedding ideas: bridesmaids carry puppies instead of bouquets

A North Carolina bride skirted tradition when it came to her wedding last month; instead of subjecting her bridesmaids to tradition, she had them trade in their bouquets for a furrier, more adorable option: puppies!Meghan Butler opted to have her and her bridesmaids take pictures with eight puppies from the Greater Charlotte SPCA in North Carolina, with the hope that they would be adopted sooner, resulting in a cuddly and heartwarming photoshoot.According to People, all of the pups have been adopted since the wedding; in fact, Butler and her husband love pet adoption so much (they currently have four adopted pets between them) that they chose to make a donation to the SPCA instead of buying wedding favors.See Butler's special day with the puppies below.

thursday's mini-report, 5.11.17 | msnbc

Today’s edition of quick hits:* His ego wouldn’t allow such a confrontation: “The White House has abandoned the idea of President Trump visiting FBI headquarters after being told he would not be greeted warmly, administration officials told NBC News.”* What a transparent joke: “President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday creating a commission aimed at investigating alleged vote fraud – a move that drew swift rebuke from civil liberty groups and liberal lawmakers amid worries the panel’s work could seek to justify voter suppression.”* Subpoena #1 in the Russia investigation: “President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.”* Believable: “White House lawyers have had to w

in north carolina, the end of an error?

It was just last year that city officials in Charlotte approved a broad anti-discrimination measure, which included protections that allowed people to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. With remarkable speed and efficiency, then-Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and the Republican-led state legislature swiftly approved an LGBT state law, HB 2, to undo what Charlotte had done.GOP officials were woefully unprepared for the culture-war backlash, which by some estimates, ended up costing the state dearly. It also contributed to Pat McCrory losing his job – the Tar Heel State Republican was the only incumbent governor in either party to lose in 2016.The current effort in North Carolina is cleaning up the mess. NBC News confirmed that state policymakers have reached an agreement to repeal t

court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.
At least five justices suggested during argument Monday they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket.Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that the law is so broad it also prevents people from reading the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and members of Congress.The state's lawyer said the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit.
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study finds knowledge gaps on protecting cultural sites from climate change

IMAGE: Cape Lookout lighthouse and 1873 keeper's dwelling at the national seashore in North Carolina
view more Credit: Erin Seekamp, North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina's Cape Lookout lighthouse has survived threats ranging from Civil War raids to multiple hurricanes, but the Outer Banks site can't escape climate-related changes such as rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding from stronger storms.A North Carolina State University study in Climatic Change found little research exists on how to protect cultural resources like those at Cape Lookout National Seashore, a 56-acre site that includes historic buildings in addition to the iconic lighthouse and scenic beaches. "Cultural heritage sites provide a lot of benefits, from sociocultural value in giving a community its u

the conservation fund outlines effects of its partnership w/ apple to protect 36

Back in 2015, Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest. The partnership saw Apple purchase the land and use the paper from the forests for sustainable product packaging, with the company claiming that “forests stay forests” and harvested timber is done so in a sustainable way.Two years later, The Conservation Fund is offering some details on the effects of the partnership with Apple and says that the return it is showing, especially in the 3,600 acres located in North Carolina…Mujjo Wallet iPhone 7 CaseAs outlined by Bizjournals, Apple harvested 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016 while protecting the 36,000 acres in its entirety. The collective annual production of the two forests Apple purchased in North Carolina and Maine was “equivalent to about 30 pe

study finds knowledge gaps on protecting cultural sites from climate change

Cape Lookout lighthouse and 1873 keeper's dwelling at the national seashore in North Carolina. Credit: Erin Seekamp, North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina's Cape Lookout lighthouse has survived threats ranging from Civil War raids to multiple hurricanes, but the Outer Banks site can't escape climate-related changes such as rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding from stronger storms.
A North Carolina State University study in Climatic Change found little research exists on how to protect cultural resources like those at Cape Lookout National Seashore, a 56-acre site that includes historic buildings in addition to the iconic lighthouse and scenic beaches."Cultural heritage sites provide a lot of benefits, from sociocultural value in giving a community its unique identity t

chima moneke steers uc davis to next round of march madness against north caroli

Canberra product Chima Moneke recorded his 14th double-double of the college basketball season to lead the University of California Davis into the next round of March Madness.Moneke led UC Davis with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 67-63 win over North Carolina Central for the college's first ever NCAA tournament win.
Canberra basketball player Chima Moneke has guided UC Davis into the NCAA March Madness tournament. Photo: Wayne TilcockMarch Madness draws interest all across the globe with the top 68 college basketball teams vying for the NCAA Division I basketball championship in a single elimination tournament.Moneke steered UC Davis to their first ever appearance in the bracket, and the Aggies have now advanced to the final 64 to face the Midwest Regional division's top seed the Kans

the conversation fund outlines effects of its partnership w/ apple to protect 36

Back in 2015, Apple partnered with The Conversation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest. The partnership saw Apple purchase the land and use the paper from the forests for sustainable product packaging, with the company claiming that “forests stay forests” and harvested timber is done so in a sustainable way.Two years later, The Conversation Fund is offering some details on the effects of the partnership with Apple and says that the return it is showing, especially in the 3,600 acres located in North Carolina…Mujjo Wallet iPhone 7 CaseAs outlined by Bizjournals, Apple harvested 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016 while protecting the 36,000 acres in its entirety. The collective annual production of the two forests Apple purchased in North Carolina and Maine was “equivalent to about 30 pe

hitler was like abraham lincoln, lawmaker larry pittman says

A North Carolina Republican lawmaker is under fire after comparing Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler in a Facebook comment.Larry Pitmann, a representative in the North Carolina General Assembly, said Lincoln was the "same sort of tyrant as" the Nazi dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of millions.Pittman, was responding to comments on Facebook criticizing him for introducing a bill in the North Carolina legislature that would render the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage inapplicable in his state."You aren't fit to hold public office in the United States of America if you don't respect the Supreme Court and the Constitution," one Facebook user wrote. Pittman replied, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if tyrant, and

the truth behind the north carolina bathroom bill repeal

North Carolina has repealed it's so-called "bathroom bill" restricting which toilet transgender people must use, but LGBT activists warn its replacement is just as harmful. What are the facts?What is the bathroom bill?House Bill 2, or HB2, ruled that people must use the toilet corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate and not the gender they identified with.The law applied in all state-run buildings, including schools, libraries and government offices.It also overturned local statutes protecting LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.Its introduction in March 2016 sparked fierce criticism from civil rights groups, as well as boycotts by businesses and sports leagues. Forbes estimates North Carolina lost at least $630m (£504m) between Mar

carolina marin’s masterclass bring badminton and laliga closer to indian fans

The Spanish Carolina Marin, Olympic Badminton Champion, gave a masterclass in Delhi where she is to play in the Indian Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the badminton calendar. Yes, it was a greatest moment for me to be part of the training session by Carolina Marin at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, in […]

north carolina repeals 'bathroom bill'

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a contentious law restricting transgender people's use of public bathrooms in a bid to end a year-long controversy, but LGBT rights groups warned that a substitute measure still allows for discrimination. The so-called "bathroom bill," narrowly passed in March last year, triggered big business boycotts of the southeastern US state and the cancellation of major sporting events. North Carolina's legislature repealed the measure Thursday, and the state's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed the replacement bill into law.MORE NEWS:'This is not fake news': Senators voice alarm over Russian US election interferenceUS senators warned Thursday of Russia's 'unprecedented' threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first

north carolina repeals 'bathroom bill'

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a contentious law restricting transgender people's use of public bathrooms in a bid to end a year-long controversy, but LGBT rights groups warned that a substitute measure still allows for discrimination. The so-called "bathroom bill," narrowly passed in March last year, triggered big business boycotts of the southeastern US state and the cancellation of major sporting events. North Carolina's legislature repealed the measure Thursday, and the state's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed the replacement bill into law.MORE NEWS:'This is not fake news': Senators voice alarm over Russian US election interferenceUS senators warned Thursday of Russia's 'unprecedented' threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first

today's news: march 30, 2017

A deal in North Carolina over the “bathroom” bill, Syrian refugees top 5 million, and more from the United States and around the world.

today's news: march 30, 2017

A deal in North Carolina over the “bathroom bill,” Syrian refugees top 5 million, and more from the United States and around the world.

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