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As Vaccinations Drop, North Carolina May Offer Financial Perks

North Carolina has seen a sizable drop in the number of new people coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials are waging an informational campaign promoting the vaccine as a key to returning to pre-pandemic summer life. The state has also hoped a commitment to end the indoor mask mandate once two-thirds of adults get at least one shot would boost vaccine participation. But that two-thirds target is not achievable for several months at the current pace of vaccination. The state is...

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Family members of a Black man who was fatally shot in his car by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina will soon get to view more body camera footage of the incident. But they will only be shown a fraction of the total footage. Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said Friday that his office will show several minutes of video related to the death of Andrew Brown Jr. on Tuesday. The sheriff's announcement followed a written ruling by a judge who said the family could only see portions of the video. Those portions amount to less than 20 minutes of nearly two hours of footage.

At the start of the year, the big question within North Carolina state government was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislators could agree on a budget after reaching an impasse two years ago. But right now it’s the GOP lawmakers who can’t get out of the starting blocks. House and Senate Republican leaders are still hundreds of millions of dollars apart on how much money they want to spend next year. The bargaining means the first spending proposal has yet to be approved by the Senate.

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North Carolina has seen a sizable drop in the number of new people coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials are waging an informational campaign promoting the vaccine as a key to returning to pre-pandemic summer life. The state has also hoped a commitment to end the indoor mask mandate once two-thirds of adults get at least one shot would boost vaccine participation. But that two-thirds target is not achievable for several months at the current pace of vaccination.

The North Carolina House has approved legislation barring abortion providers from performing the procedure if a woman’s decision centered on the unborn child’s race or a Down syndrome diagnosis. Thursday's vote came after nearly after an hour of impassioned debate. Abortion rights groups and their allies on the House floor agreed the measure is another method to meddle in the deeply personal decisions of a woman. Six Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for measure, which now goes to the Senate. The bill is likely to receive the veto stamp of Democratic Gov.

Federal judges have expressed skepticism about reinstating North Carolina’s ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard oral arguments from attorneys for abortion providers who sued to challenge the ban and local prosecutors and state officials who are trying to restore it. The law contains an exception for medical emergencies. A trial judge declared the ban unconstitutional in 2019. The U.S.

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