Weekly Wrap: School vouchers, early voting sites

Posted August 22, 2014 6:23 p.m. EDT

— Lawmakers left Raleigh on Wednesday until next year, but that doesn't stop the flow of news from the state capital.

A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the school voucher program that lawmakers approved last year is unconstitutional, and he ordered that any disbursements of taxpayer money to private schools under the program be stopped immediately. The Attorney General's Office and several parents filed a motion Friday seeking to lift that stay so schools could be paid for students already enrolled until the legality of the program is settled by a higher court.

The State Board of Elections upheld a plan by the Watauga County Board of Elections to close an early voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University, determining that another site in downtown Boone was close enough for students, faculty and school staff to use.