Wake County schools’ Good Friday, Saturday makeup plan draws protests

Wake County's plan to have students attend makeup days on Good Friday and two Saturdays has drawn angry backlash from parents, students, teachers and community members. Some critics contend that having classes on Good Friday unfairly forces Christians to choose between school and their faith. Other critics say holding classes on Saturdays infringes on family, work and other commitments.

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NC lawmakers explain votes on key homeland department funding bill

A partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted on Tuesday when the House of Representatives voted 257-167 to pass full funding for the rest of the fiscal year. Most Democrats and 75 Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, voted for it. The Senate had already passed the measure with bipartisan backing. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it. Here’s how North Carolina lawmakers explained their votes.

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A divided NC House OKs 36-cent gas tax

The House gave tentative approval Wednesday, in a 70-47 vote, to a bill that would drop the state gas tax to 36 cents a gallon starting April 1 and continuing through December. The new rate would be a 1.5-cent tax cut initially, since the current tax is 37.5 cents. But the bill would prevent motorists from enjoying a much bigger tax cut for the last six months of the year.

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