State lawmakers made their presence known Tuesday in two different contexts: a move to overhaul the UNC Health Care system and another to require the legislature's authority to sell Dorothea Dix Hospital. The UNC Health Care bill was rushed through a legislative committee but Senate Republicans are suggesting its dead on arrival. The plan for the Dix property is a blow to Raleigh and Gov. Bev Perdue, who is pushing for its sale.
In other headlines:
--John Edwards repaid $2.1 million in public matching funds he received after dropping out of the 2008 campaign amid a sex scandal.
--Rick Santorum's exit from the GOP presidential race recasts the N.C. primary May 8, political observers say.
--A Republican congressional candidate in the hotly contested 9th District race announced his opposition for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, striking out on unfamiliar territory in a campaign for conservatives' support.
--Condoleezza Rice told a Duke University crowd that one of the biggest regrets of her tenure in the Bush administration is the failure to pass immigration reform.