REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE OVERHAUL WILL LEAVE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN THE LURCH: The latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act has become a much harder sell for Republican moderates who will determine whether the bill passes the House of Representatives in a possible vote later this week. Their main sticking point: concerns about how a new amendment could weaken consumer protections, particularly for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The proposal would allow states to opt out of the ACA’s “community rating” rule that prohibits individual insurers from charging sick people more for coverage.
"RAISE THE AGE" MOVEMENT GROWS AS NC'S CHIEF JUSTICE CONCURS: The head of North Carolina's court system wants to build momentum for legislation ending the practice of 16- and 17-year-olds being automatically tried for crimes as adults. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin planned to speak at a Legislative Building news conference Monday to back a "raise the age" measure that has bipartisan and law enforcement group support. North Carolina will be the only state in the country that automatically prosecutes teens as adults since New York legislators agreed in April to a two-year phase out of the practice. The latest North Carolina proposal would take effect in late 2019, shifting misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases to juvenile court.
NC AG JOSH STEIN INVESTIGATING FOR-PROFIT LAW SCHOOL IN CHARLOTTE: N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s office has written to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, informing her of its investigation of the troubled for-profit Charlotte School of Law. The April 12 letter, signed by Special Deputy Attorney General Harriet Worley and Assistant Attorney General Matt Liles, urges protection of students who may be in danger of losing eligibility for loan forgiveness due to the education department’s deadline rules related to withdrawal dates. The letter points out that the school appeared to be about to close and repeatedly shifted dates for its reopening this semester.
TRUMP LOSES OUT ON WALL FUNDING AND RESEARCH CUTS IN BUDGET BILL: Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs. The 1,665-page bill agreed to on Sunday is the product of weeks of negotiations. It was made public in the predawn hours Monday and is tentatively scheduled for a House vote on Wednesday. The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, through Sept. 30, rejecting cuts to popular domestic programs targeted by Trump such as medical research and infrastructure grants.
POLICE WHO WERE "SERENADED" BY RAPPING EMPLOYEES GET APOLOGY FROM RESTAURANT OWNER: The owner of a Smithfield’s Chicken ’n Bar-B-Q restaurant in North Carolina has apologized after a Facebook post said his employees sang the rap song “F--- tha Police” as officers from the Raleigh Police Department ate. News outlets report that a post written on the Raleigh Police Protective Association’s page on Friday night says employees, including the manager, sang the N.W.A. song while the officers were eating at the restaurant in Garner, outside Raleigh. Store owner David Harris later posted an apology saying he would investigate and fire anyone who showed a lack of respect for law enforcement.