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Morning Memo: Adjournment arrives but much remains undone

ADJOURNMENT DAY : The end is near. State lawmakers intend to conclude the legislative session tonight -- likely after midnight Friday to allow for final readings on controversial bills, House and Senate leaders said. But much remains on the to-do list: final votes on voter ID, the fracking bill, a commerce department reorganization, the closely watched abortion legislation and final votes on a handful more key measures.

The last-minute scramble begins at 10 a.m. when the House and Senate Rules committees meet to discuss last-minute legislation Republican leaders want to push through. The House and Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and stay on the floor most the day with intermittent recesses to shuffle legislation between chambers. Gov. Pat McCrory canceled a trip to a conference in Aspen, Colo., to remain in Raleigh for the final day of the session.

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Morning Memo: McCrory to shuffle commerce; a mid-session recap

McCRORY TO ANNOUNCE COMMERCE SHUFFLE: From AP -- Gov. Pat McCrory is using the backdrop of a textile manufacturer for a big announcement about how North Carolina government is seeking to increase business in the state. McCrory is speaking Monday at Copland Fabrics in Burlington about what his office called a major commerce and economic development policy announcement. The Republican governor has been telling audiences his administration is assembling a state Commerce Department reorganization proposal.

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: The House and Senate convene at 7 p.m. But expect a crowd earlier in the day at the Wake County legislative delegation meeting. Hundreds attended the prior delegation meeting to voice concerns and support for a number of major changes local lawmakers are looking to make. Monday's meeting is at 4-6 p.m. in room 643 of the legislative office building. Also, expect a state audit on the town of Princeville, where state officials seized financial control in July 2012. (More on that story here.)

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Morning roundup: Dix deal, McIntyre-Rouzer identity crisis

This story from earlier this morning sets up the Council of State vote on the Dorothea Dix Hospital grounds deal.

Columnist Barry Saunders misses Jesse Helms, because you always knew where he stood. Not so with Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Morning Roundup: Walter Dalton as Soul Brother No. 1

Who died and made Walter Dalton Soul Brother No. 1? Somebody must have, based on the reason some of his supporters in the N.C. Governor’s race are attacking his opponent Pat McCrory. The former Charlotte mayor, some black Dalton suppporters claim in an online ad, “just doesn’t understand the black experience in North Carolina.” 

And Lt. Gov. Walter “Get Down” Dalton does? Rat on. Read Barry Saunders full column here.

More political headlines: 

--A company hired by the North Carolina GOP to register voters is under review by state election officials after the firm was accused of submitting questionable registration forms in Florida. The state GOP has fired the firm and the state may decide this week whether to launch a full investigation.

Saunders: Andy no good in color

Andy GriffithBarry Saunders weighs in on an important moment in TV history:

The episode where "The Andy Griffith Show" began airing in color.

The N&O columnist writes that the show wasn't the same as it had been in glorious black and white. But it wasn't the change in spectrum as much as the quality of the show:

Besides, a case could be made that it's not the introduction of the color technology that made later episodes of Andy so forgettable: It's the introduction of new characters and the disappearance of the show's real star, Don Knotts. By the time color arrived, his character, Barney Fife, had moved to Raleigh to be a detective and made only a couple of guest appearances thereafter.

A programmer for WRAL said its syndication contract calls for all shows to be aired—even those in color.

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