At the statehouse, North Carolina's people are prohibited from visiting the second floor - the floor where lobbyists lobby and lawmakers make laws. The rule is posted on a concrete wall in the lobby, written in roughly 12-point font, behind glass and a black frame, tucked in a corner behind a leafy potted tree.
The language is nearly 25 years old, and few lawmakers knew it even existed until Thursday, when House Speaker Thom Tillis' office invoked it - for first time in anyone's memory - to clear a group of demonstrators from the hall outside his office. Read more here.
In other news:
-- Democrat Brad Miller says he won't run for governor and Republican Pat McCrory declared in a Raleigh event he's halfway to his goal. And Republicans rallied against President Barack Obama in Charlotte.
--Prosecutors want to play a bigger role in the state's Innocence Inquiry Commission, the 5-year-old panel that reviews convicted felons' claims that they didn't commit a crime. Read here.
--State budget cuts put N.C. State University in triage mode. Read here.
--And the treasurer for John Edwards campaign says he never saw the 2011 campaign reports.