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Morning Roundup: Sen. Hartsell accused of 'pilfering' estate, Stam: more abortion bills coming

State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, already under scrutiny for campaign finance questions, also embroiled in a legal case over how he handled an elderly couple's estate. Read about it here.

Another legislator making news: state Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam at a pro-life rally on Saturday predicted new abortion bills this coming session.

1358782433 Morning Roundup: Sen. Hartsell accused of 'pilfering' estate, Stam: more abortion bills coming The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Judge blocks state's first virtual school

A proposal for the state’s first online charter school hit a major roadblock Friday toward its planned opening in August.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Abe Jones overturned a May decision by a state administrative law judge that would have allowed N.C. Learns, a nonprofit organization, to open the N.C. Virtual Academy.

Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a Republican from Cabarrus County and attorney representing the online program, said the principal backers of the idea would get together and decide whether to appeal Jones’ ruling or seek approval from the State Board of Education. Full story here.

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