North Carolina jobless claims slowed historic

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have concluded most of their work for the year. House and Senate members wrapped up around 3 a.m. Friday following an 18-hour marathon of negotiating and voting on bills.

Before leaving they passed legislation setting another Medicaid overhaul date, funding a monument to honor African Americans and trying again to reopen businesses shuttered by Gov. Roy Cooper due to COVID-19.

They’ll likely return briefly in early July to address any Cooper vetoes and outstanding issues before leaving for the summer.

Legislators of both parties did find rare consensus on virus relief funding, mail-in absentee balloting and transportation reform.

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