- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina statewide elected officials have approved taking more than $1 million from a special emergency fund to pay the legal fees of private attorneys who successfully got an abortion ultrasound law overturned.

The Council of State voted Tuesday to take money from the state contingency fund to pay lawyers who sued over the 2011 law and for other expenses the plaintiffs incurred. The council is led by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Both a federal trial judge and federal appeals court struck down the provision defended by the state that required abortion providers show and describe an ultrasound to a pregnant woman. A judge ordered the state pay the fees and expenses.

The Council also approved paying $110,000 to a law firm that sued over permitting procedures for concealed handgun permits.

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