The N.C. House has approved a measure to limit damages linked to nuisance lawsuits targeting hog farms. But a key amendment would prevent the new law from protecting major hog producer Smithfield Foods against hundreds of existing legal cases. Rick Henderson analyzes the legislation for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Katherine Restrepo assesses the Carolina Cares proposal for expanding North Carolina’s Medicaid program. Co-authors William Ruger and Jason Sorens explain why North Carolina ranks No. 19 in their Cato Freedom in the 50 States report.

UNC professor Jessica Smith makes the case for rewriting the entire N.C. criminal code. Plus you’ll hear highlights from a debate over changing North Carolina’s charter school approval process.