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Parole requests, parking meters, drones are subjects of bills signed into law by McCrory

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Long-time convicts for sexually violent crimes in North Carolina soon will have to wait longer in between parole requests.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that extends parole reviews for certain criminals from annually to once every two years. Parole is still allowed for convicts for crimes they committed before the mid-1990s.

McCrory's office says the change will bring relief to victims of sex crimes who appear before the state Parole Commission to try to stop the prisoner's release.

McCrory also signed six more bills Tuesday, including one that allows all towns and cities to use parking meters that take more than just coins or tokens. Another law conforms recently passed state rules to operate unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — to upcoming federal regulations.

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