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Weekly Wrap: 'Moral Monday' dismissals, jobs announcements

Posted September 19, 2014 3:40 p.m. EDT

— Wake County prosecutors dismissed charges against hundreds of people arrested during 2013 protests at the Legislative Building, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that said states need to ensure people's free-speech rights aren't infringed when dealing with such demonstrations.

In other news, the state Court of Appeals released taxpayer money to nearly 1,900 families who had been awarded vouchers under the Opportunity Scholarships program to help pay tuition for their children at private or religious schools. A judge who last month ruled the program unconstitutional had blocked the disbursement of all state funds related to it.

A technology consulting company received about $20 million in incentives to bring more than 1,200 jobs to Cary, the second large job announcement after state officials expressed disappointment that lawmakers wouldn't have a special session to work on legislation that would add to the incentives North Carolina could offer to companies.