Here's a quick look at what's making political news this morning in The N&O:
Abortion foes have found new avenues of challenging the procedure. Legislatures in North Carolina and other states are passing laws that make it more difficult to obtain abortions.
Use a pit bull, go to jail? It's not expected to go anywhere, but a bill introduced this week in the NC General Assembly would require criminal background checks for owning certain breeds of dogs, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs and chows. That brought a quick rebuke from dog owners.
Emails released by the state show the behind-the-scenes scramble to recruit MetLife to North Carolina.