- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the two major candidates for North Carolina governor addressing the state’s chamber of commerce. (all times local):

3 p.m.

North Carolina’s attorney general wants business leaders to push Republican politicians to change a new LGBT law and to back his campaign for governor.

Democrat Roy Cooper spoke Wednesday to the state’s chamber of commerce on the day the business lobby describes changes it wants from legislators. The state chamber has avoided taking a position on the law, which limits legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The law also includes barriers to lawsuits some businesses like.

Nearly 200 corporate leaders from around the country have urged the law’s repeal, arguing it hurts businesses.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory defends the law and was scheduled to speak to the chamber later. Cooper says business executives should back his campaign if the law’s Republican backers won’t change it.

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11:05 a.m.

The major party candidates for governor are speaking to North Carolina’s business lobby which wants more from state government as it stays out of the fray involving the state’s new LGBT law.

Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican Pat McCrory speak Wednesday to the North Carolina Chamber.

The state chamber has avoided taking a position on House Bill 2, which limits legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But local chambers in Raleigh and Durham say it’s bad for business and jobs.

The law includes provisions the business lobby might like including banning anyone who believes they’ve faced workplace discrimination from suing in state courts. Local governments can’t require businesses to pay more than the statewide $7.25 minimum hourly wage.

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