LENDERS TARGETED: Legislation being introduced today by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan would try to rein in payday lenders, who make $40 billion a year by offering short-term loans with annual percentage rates that often average more than 400 percent and, critics say, trap borrowers in cycles of debt. (N&O)
CHIEF WEIGHS IN: Raleigh Police Chief Harry Patrick Dolan has joined an effort to defeat a proposal in Arizona to force police there to ask about the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.
The measure would also allow citizens to sue police and sheriff's departments if
they felt they were not sufficiently enforcing immigration laws. The Arizona legislature has passed the bill and sent it to Gov. Jan Brewer, who has not said whether she will sign it into law. (N&O)
HARD OUT THERE FOR A DEM: Cal Cunningham is the only Democratic Senate candidate whose campaign has been flush enough to mount a television advertising campaign for the primary May 4, but all Democrats have struggled to raise money this year. (N&O)