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We already knew this, but now the rest of the world does too. Including thousands of business owners who used to think North Carolina might have been a good place for their companies.

In N.C, unimpeded GOP drives state hard to right (Washington Post) -- State Republicans are pushing a sweeping conservative agenda, and opponents can do little to stop them. The victories were aided by the strong financial support of Art Pope, a multimillionaire who spent heavily in support of the state’s GOP candidates. The Institute for Southern Studies, a North Carolina-based research organization, said Pope’s advocacy network spent $2.2 million on 22 legislative races, winning 18. Overall, conservative organizations largely supported by Pope accounted for three-fourths of the outside money spent in North Carolina legislative races in 2010, according to the institute.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-north-carolina-unimpeded-gop-drives-state-hard-to-...

Much more misery and embarrassment below.

Automaker Tesla takes fight to North Carolina (AP) — Tesla Motors is fighting a bill in North Carolina that would effectively ban the company from selling its electric cars in the state, pitting it against auto dealers who say the car maker has an unfair advantage selling directly to consumers online.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/statef/automaker-tesla-takes-fight-north-carolina-2045471

Big cut to NC wildlife agency would hit close to home for hunters, anglers (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Senate lawmakers say it’s getting harder to find budget cuts they say are needed. When it comes to the Wildlife Resources Commission, cuts affect the folks back home.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917488/big-cut-to-nc-wildlife-agency.html

Budget would strip lottery spending rules (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- The director of North Carolina's lottery says schools might soon have to beg for money from the program.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130526/NEWS/305260019/Budget-would-strip-lottery-spending-rules

N.C. Senate budget would end youth government exposure programs (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Dozens of college state-government interns would be sent home this summer and a long-running teen mock legislative program would be shuttered due to the Senate budget approved last week.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917692/nc-senate-budget-would-end-youth.html

Bill lifts limits on mobile homes (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) -- Mobile homes could pop up on Currituck’s beaches or in other upper-end neighborhoods throughout the region if a new bill before the General Assembly becomes law.
http://www.dailyadvance.com/community/pasquotank/bill-lifts-limits-mobile-homes-2046339

Budget cuts set up fight (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- With the proposed N.C. Senate budget including a sizeable cut to Smart Start programs, Down East Partnership for Children officials are anticipating the cuts will result in a loss of services the nonprofit organization provides to local children and families.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/budget-cuts-set-fight-2046555

Local officials: Leave schools alone (Washington Daily News) -- A bill that would allow the Board of Commissioners to take possession of all school property is facing opposition from local officials.
http://www.wdnweb.com/2013/05/25/local-officials-leave-schools-alone/

POLICY & POLITICS
Memorial Day infographic honors veterans (Wilmington Star-News) -- We honor the men and women of our armed forces with a by-the-numbers look from the U.S. Census Bureau.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130526/MULTIMEDIA/130529714/1155?Title=Memorial-Day-infograp...

Families discuss feeling the presence of lost military members (Washington Post) -- Signs, voices, apparitions and premonitions can sometimes be a crucial aspect of grieving and healing. And on Saturday, Gassen, 61, Kubinyi, 33, and Kenner, 51, were part of a Memorial Day weekend workshop exploring such phenomena. While Washington was thronged with visitors and flags to honor deceased veterans, hundreds of family survivors crowded into meeting rooms in an Arlington County hotel to share and examine their grief.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-memorial-day-weekend-families-discuss-feeling-the-presence-of...

In N.C, unimpeded GOP drives state hard to right (Washington Post) -- State Republicans are pushing a sweeping conservative agenda, and opponents can do little to stop them. The victories were aided by the strong financial support of Art Pope, a multimillionaire who spent heavily in support of the state’s GOP candidates. The Institute for Southern Studies, a North Carolina-based research organization, said Pope’s advocacy network spent $2.2 million on 22 legislative races, winning 18. Overall, conservative organizations largely supported by Pope accounted for three-fourths of the outside money spent in North Carolina legislative races in 2010, according to the institute.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-north-carolina-unimpeded-gop-drives-state-hard-to-...

This week in LaRoque: All the documents, and then some (Kinston Free Press) -- In a case like the one against former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, fascinating testimony and enthralling stories are not the order of the day.
http://www.kinston.com/news/local/this-week-in-laroque-all-the-documents-and-then-some-1.149191/

N.C. Manufacturing jobs have disappeared, but survivors find ways to make it (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Council Tool has been making tools near the shore of Lake Waccamaw for more than 100 years. Today, it touts itself as the only manufacturer in the country that still forges its own axes.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917628/manufacturing-jobs-have-disappeared.html

Untangling What Companies Pay in Taxes (New York Times) -- The tax filings of companies, like those of individuals, are confidential. When individual companies want to make the case that they pay large amounts of tax – as many do – they often point to complex calculations from their financial statements that portray the companies in the best light. For an outsider, it can be hard to know how many accounting assumptions go into these calculations and how accurately they reflect the company’s actual tax payments. But there is one standardized measure of corporate taxes that allows for meaningful comparisons among companies and industries. It is known as Cash Taxes Paid and appears in the public reports that companies are required to file for investors. in a 2008 academic paper, three accounting professors — Scott Dyreng of Duke, Michelle Hanlon of M.I.T. and Edward Maydew of the University of North Carolina — suggested that looking at several years, at least, could offer insight into corporate taxes.
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/untangling-what-companies-pay-in-taxes/?emc=tnt&tntemai...

Improving economy changes political landscape (AP) -- Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama's watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats.
http://www.wral.com/improving-economy-alters-political-landscape/12484010/

Master’s degree programs surging at nation’s colleges and universities (Washington Post) -- Young professionals increasingly see an advanced degree as a ticket to a higher salary.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/masters-degree-programs-surge-at-nations-colleges-and-...

Enloe High student arrested in gun store break-ins (WRAL-TV) -- A 17-year-old Enloe High School student was arrested early Saturday after he stole 15 handguns from a gun store in the 4400 block of Craftsman Drive, Raleigh police said.
http://www.wral.com/arrest-made-after-break-in-at-raleigh-gun-store/12484232/

Pioneer Class Graduates: BCEC HS Holds First Graduation (Washington Daily News) -- Five years ago, Andrew Barmer was not convinced this new high school setting called the Beaufort County Early College High School was a good idea.
http://www.wdnweb.com/2013/05/25/pioneer-class-graduates-beaufort-county-early-college-high-school-h...

Teacher uses anti-GOP editorial as reading test (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- A fourth grade elementary school teacher was wrong to use a newspaper editorial criticizing Republican education cuts as a reading test, the school's principal says.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130526/NEWS/305240039/Teacher-uses-anti-GOP-editorial-reading...

GENERAL NEWS
UNC outlasts NC State on record-breaking night (WRAL-TV) -- On a record-breaking night, a crowd of 11,392 watched for 6 hours, 3 minutes as top seeded UNC outlasted NC State in 18 innings, 2-1, to earn the right to play for the ACC Championship.
http://www.wralsportsfan.com/unc-outlasts-nc-state-on-record-breaking-night/12486139/

UNC outlasts NC State, wins 2-1 in 18 innings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- All you need to about North Carolina’s 2-1 victory against N.C. State in the ACC Baseball Championship on Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, is this: By the time it ended, Carlos Rodon’s brilliant 10-inning pitching performance, in which he allowed just one hit and struck out 14, was a distant memory. It ended after 18 innings and more than six hours, and ended when UNC broke through with a run in the 18th. In his eighth at bat, UNC first baseman Cody Stubbs hit a bloop single into shallow center field. The hit drove in Landon Lassiter, who had walked to lead off the inning. In the bottom half of the 18th, N.C. State center fielder Brett Williams led off with a triple off of UNC’s Chris Munnelly. Williams reached third on a wild pitch with nobody out. Munnelly retired the next two batters fly balls. That brought up Logan Ratledge who grounded out to third to end the game.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/26/2918505/unc-outlasts-nc-state-wins-2-1.html

North Carolina tops N.C. State in 18 innings (AP) -- Cody Stubbs singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 18th inning and North Carolina advanced to the ACC title game by beating rival North Carolina State 2-1 early this morning. The top-seeded Tar Heels (51-8) will face Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. this afternoon — nearly 11 hours after winning the longest game in ACC tournament history.
http://hamptonroads.com/2013/05/acc-baseball-north-carolina-tops-nc-state-18-innings

For families of missing children, hope remains (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The rescue of three kidnapped women in Cleveland earlier this month has reverberated with families of missing children in North Carolina and the police who still search for them.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917580/for-families-of-missing-children.html

NC displays Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (AP) -- Visitors to the North Carolina Museum of History have a chance to see one of the most significant documents in United States history.
http://www.wral.com/nc-displays-preliminary-emancipation-proclamation/12486244/

NC woman arrested wearing thong at Myrtle Beach (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina woman has been arrested for wearing a thong at Myrtle Beach.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-woman-arrested-wearing-thong-myrtle-beach-2045973

Bear killed by car; police not sure if bear is same as on rambling in Winston-Salem (Winston-Salem Journal)—The body of a black bear, appearing to have recently been hit by a vehicle, was found beside Interstate 40 near Clemmons early Saturday morning.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_b4fb588c-c5ac-11e2-aba2-001a4bcf6878.html

Bear struck and killed on I-40 near Winston-Salem (AP) — Authorities say a black bear has been struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 40 west of Winston-Salem.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/bear-struck-and-killed-i-40-near-winston-salem-2045609

Deputies find moonshine, still in Thomasville home (AP) — Davidson County deputies say they found a still and 88 quarts of moonshine along with drugs and guns when they raided a Thomasville home.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/deputies-find-moonshine-still-thomasville-home-2045583

Natural Sciences Museum hopes for successful follow-up to record-breaking year (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences opened a $56 million new wing and drew record-breaking crowds in 2012. Museum and community leaders are hoping to follow up that success with new initiatives to attract repeat visitors.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917513/nc-natural-sciences-museum-hopes.html

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Automaker Tesla takes fight to North Carolina (AP) — Tesla Motors is fighting a bill in North Carolina that would effectively ban the company from selling its electric cars in the state, pitting it against auto dealers who say the car maker has an unfair advantage selling directly to consumers online.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/statef/automaker-tesla-takes-fight-north-carolina-2045471

As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters (New York Times) -- In Brady, Tex., a vote to approve the purchase of smart meters played a large role in the recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/us/as-texas-towns-say-no-signs-of-rising-resistance-to-smart-meter...

Downtown protest takes aim at genetically engineered food (Wilmington Star-News) -- The rally was part of the 'March Against Monsanto' taking place across the U.S. and in dozens of countries.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130525/ARTICLES/130529655&tc=email_newsletter

Protesters rally against 'Frankenfood' (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Hundreds take to downtown Asheville streets as part of the global March Against Monsanto.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130526/NEWS/305260087/Protesters-rally-against-Frankenfood-

Marchers join worldwide protest against Monsanto and modified food (Winston-Salem Journal) -- On a bright sunny Saturday afternoon, about 150 people in Winston-Salem joined millions worldwide in a protest against Monsanto, a St. Louis-based company that promotes genetically modified food products.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_39ad7a24-c5b7-11e2-9a19-001a4bcf6878.html

Turbine Plans Unnerve Fans of Condors in California (New York Times) -- Environmentalists are worried that a wind-energy project near the Mojave Desert could affect the fragile condor population.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/us/turbine-plans-unnerve-fans-of-condors-in-california.html?ref=us

A century later, Intracoastal Waterway loved more than ever (Wilmington Star-News) -- Happy Birthday, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. You're looking awfully good for your age.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130526/ARTICLES/130529646/1017/news01?Title=A-century-later-...

EDITORIALS
He served so all may be heard (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Gary Bartlett has avoided notoriety but he deserves notice for presiding over a wide range of improvements in how North Carolina votes.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917514/he-served-so-all-may-be-heard.html

Looking to Va. is no economic development plan (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) -- Gov. Pat McCrory told area business and community leaders last week they might be shocked to hear him say northeastern North Carolina should seek closer ties with Virginia as the region pursues future growth opportunities.
http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/our-views/our-view-looking-va-no-economic-development-plan-2045145

Hope for rural areas dims (Greenville Daily Record) -- Fears that Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican leaders of the General Assembly would turn their backs on rural North Carolina now appear entirely justified.
http://www.reflector.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-hope-rural-areas-dims-2047721

An ill-considered turn on public education in NC (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- There are some things worthy of applause in the budget Senate Republicans pushed through their chamber last week.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130526/OPINION01/305260015/An-ill-considered-turn-public-educ...

N.C. House Speaker Tillis was wise to warn against extremes (Fayetteville Observer) -- There have always been radical ideas in the General Assembly, far-right and far-left bills filed by zealot politicians.
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/26/1259113

Review - Josephus Daniels career explored (Wilmington Star-News) -- Before Jim Hunt, Jesse Helms or Pat McCrory, Tar Heel politics was dominated by the towering presence of Josephus Daniels
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130526/ARTICLES/130529725&tc=email_newsletter

The people should get more information, time on state spending plan (Wilmington Star-News) -- The N.C. Senate’s budget was hurriedly passed with little time for public comment, or even review.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130525/ARTICLES/130529651/1108?Title=Editorial-The-people-sh...

Senate budget plan puts rural counties at risk (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- Budget plans crafted by state lawmakers always have their fair share of winners and losers.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/senate-budget-plan-puts-rural-counties-risk-2045971

Proposed cuts to NC Prisoner Legal Services make no sense (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Last week, the NC Senate abruptly canceled the state’s $2.89 million annual contract with PLS in favor of an unfunded mandate to provide inmates with digital legal libraries within five weeks.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2915465/costly-cuts-to-legal-services.html

AG not likely to change course on Kalvin Smith's appeal (Winston-Salem Journal) -- It’s hard to believe that Attorney General Roy Cooper is deaf to the pleas from supporters of Kalvin Michael Smith, including state Sen. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, to read the reports that argue Smith was wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Silk Plant Forest case.
http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_7807c8a0-c423-11e2-ad02-0019bb30f31a.html

GOP seeks a plan (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican leaders are offering competing budgets despite a rare opportunity to act as one.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917518/gop-seeks-a-plan.html

Digging into NC districts, desperation easy to find (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- If our leaders are adamant to reject the data on NC poverty, perhaps they could simply turn to the people of their districts. Are hundreds of homeless Onslow school kids “poor”? Are veterans living in the woods of Jacksonville “impoverished”?
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2915490/digging-into-districts-desperation.html

'The Brave Men, Living and Dead' (Southern Pines Pilot) -- Memorial Day is an appropriate time to reread Abraham Lincoln’s sublime Gettysburg Address honoring Civil War dead.
http://thepilot-com.newyork1.cms.townnews-staging.com/opinion/editorials/article_7f794bc0-c4b1-11e2-...

Misplaced Honor (New York Times column) -- the United States Army maintains bases named after generals who led soldiers who fought and killed United States Army soldiers; indeed, who may have killed such soldiers themselves. … Not all the honorees were even good generals; many were mediocrities or worse. Braxton Bragg, for whom Fort Bragg in North Carolina is named, was irascible, ineffective, argumentative with subordinates and superiors alike, and probably would have been replaced before inflicting half the damage that he caused had he and President Jefferson Davis not been close friends.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/misplaced-honor.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

5 troubling ideas for NC democracy (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Let us put aside the major issues that divide North Carolina politics – taxes, the size of government, public vs. private education, abortion, guns, funding for the University of North Carolina system, Medicaid, health care, even voter ID.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/25/2917355/christensen-5-troubling-ideas.html

Where the party is in education (Charlotte Observer column) -- My father-in-law was famous for his habit of painting the inside of the garage whenever there was a major party at the family home. Not that it needed painting. But it seemed to satisfy his need for taking some action – even while the rest of the family attended to the real needs of the coming event.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/26/4062311/where-the-party-is-in-education.html

N.C. jails and prisons out of compliance with prison rape act (Charlotte Observer column) -- Our children are in danger. Today, your 16-year-old arrested for shoplifting could be detained in an adult jail with adult offenders because our system is woefully underprepared to separate these radically different levels of offenders.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/26/4062310/nc-jails-and-prisons-out-of-compliance.html

‘Serious danger’ looms at lake; erase it (Charlotte Observer) -- Right next to Charlotte’s drinking water supply sit two giant lagoons. Stagnating in these lagoons are nearly 3 million tons of muck. The muck is ash from Duke Energy’s nearby coal-burning power plant, and it contains chemicals such as arsenic, cobalt, manganese, iron and boron.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/26/4062309/serious-danger-looms-at-lake-erase.html