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NC lawmakers approve $21B budget and keep on going

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers put the finishing touches on a state budget for this year, but they can't agree on when to go home.

The state House on Saturday voted to give the budget final approval. Gov. Pat McCrory says he'll sign it into law right away. That's usually the last big deal for lawmakers who meet for several months each year.

But the House on Saturday also decided to demand lawmakers take up several big issues when they meet in two weeks, including new regulations for Duke Energy's polluting coal ash ponds and requiring insurance companies to cover an autism treatment.

The Senate didn't have such ambitious plans, so a handful of legislators will have to gather next week for perfunctory meetings. Most lawmakers return August 14.

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