Wednesday News: Power to the women

MARCH ON RALEIGH PLANS TO GIVE VOICE TO THOUSANDS OF WOMEN (WRAL-TV) -- If all goes according to plan, thousands will fill Fayetteville Street on Saturday for the Women's March on Raleigh, planned at the same time as the massive Women's March on Washington. The march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday is intended to give women a voice that some feel was lost in the recent political climate. “I am concerned about paid maternity leave, I am concerned about the wage gap, I am concerned about my reproductive rights,” said organizer Carly Jones.

FEDERAL JUDGE AGREES TO HEAR MOTIONS ON EXPANDING N.C. MEDICAID (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A federal judge has agreed hear legal complaints surrounding Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Judge Louise Flanagan said late Monday she will review by teleconference Friday an injunction request by Republican legislative leaders and the motions to dissolve the request that were made Monday by federal and state health officials.

STATE LAWMAKER STARTS PETITION TO REPEAL HB2 (TWCN-TV) -- House minority leader Darren Jackson has started a petition with hopes that state lawmakers will work out a repeal bill for House Bill 2. Representative Jackson put the petition online Tuesday. He also says he's drafting a bill that would fully repeal our state's controversial bathroom bill. "I don't think it is necessary to put anything in there and muck it up and start to lose votes if a true majority is in favor of a repeal, that's what we should do,” said Jackson. Lawmakers will return to the general assembly on January 25.

U.S. TO LEASE ATLANTIC OCEAN FOR OFFSHORE WIND FARM OFF KITTY HAWK (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A federal agency said Tuesday it is offering 191 square miles in the Atlantic Ocean for a commercial lease to develop an offshore wind farm off Kitty Hawk. The announcement by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management marks more than six years of research and analysis for developing an industrial-scale wind farm off North Carolina’s coastline.

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