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The North Carolina General Assembly Convenes For 2015

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Lawmakers returned to Raleigh today to begin preparation for their first legislative session of the year. 

The Senate elected Republican Phil Berger for a third term as Senate president pro tempore and Republican Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected as the new House speaker. Moore replaces now U.S. Sen.Thom Tillis. 

Major issues on the agenda include abortion regulations, same-sex marriage legislation, economic incentives, Medicaid, and education policies. 

Host Frank Stasio previews the session with WUNC reporter Reema Khrais.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.