Confederate monuments may remain if N.C. bill approved

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina House has passed controversial legislation that protects historical monuments and memorials, overcoming hours of debate launched by Democrats who condemned the bill for preserving Confederate symbols. 

The House voted in favor of the bill Tuesday. The move was expected after the House gave tentative approval on Monday following debate that stretched into the night. 

While Monday's debate stepped gingerly around the hot-button issue of Confederate memorials, Democrats and Republicans gave passionate speeches from the floor on Tuesday. 

Gov. Pat McCrory will have final say over the bill, but his office has declined to comment on the bill.

North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber issued a statement on Tuesday criticizing the measure, saying the rush to pass the bill is "extreme and wrongheaded."