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12:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Changes In Governor’s Cabinet And Abortion Rules Revisited

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker
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Governor Pat McCrory tearfully announced the departure of the state’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. She will step down at the end of the month and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla will move to the commerce department. Also, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for clinics in the state that perform abortions. A spokesperson for the department says the rules would likely permit the 14 currently operating clinics to remain open.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Poaching A Venus Flytrap In North Carolina Could Now Get You Two Years In Prison

The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant native to swamps near Wilmington.
Credit Flickr user Mark Freeth

Nine North Carolina state laws are set to go into effect today, including criminal defendants' ability to waive their right to a jury trial and a law that makes it a felony to poach the carnivorous Venus Flytrap plant.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

A Rising Tide: The Politics Of Sea Level Rise

Indian Beach, N.C.
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In 2010, the science panel that advises the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission released a report stating the state should prepare for 39 inches of sea level rise by 2100. 

The report drew heavy criticism from public officials and coastal developers. Their protests led to legislative action that temporarily prohibited policy decisions and directed the panel to complete a new report that forecasts only for 30 years. The panel met on September 24th and will release a draft report by the end of the year. 

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Politics & Government
1:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Duke Mathematicians Investigate 2012 Election Results In North Carolina

Researchers at Duke have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in North Carolina’s congressional voting districts could affect election outcomes.
Credit Duke University

Back in 2012, more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans in North Carolina’s Congressional elections. But Republicans ended up winning nine out of the state’s 13 seats that year. Those numbers piqued the interest of researchers at Duke, who decided to seek a mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. They recently published a study with their results.

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Politics & Government
5:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Justice Cheri Beasley Unofficially Wins Re-Count In Race For NC Supreme Court

Justice Cheri Beasley
Credit Justice Cheri Beasley Committee

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has won a re-count to keep her seat against  Winston-Salem attorney Mike Robinson, according to certified State Board of Elections results.

Beasley, endorsed by Democrats in the non-partisan race for the state’s highest court, gained a net of 17 votes in the re-count, keeping a narrow lead of 0.22 percent of ballots cast, the unofficial results show.

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Politics & Government
10:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Medicaid Expansion, Other Issues To Be Addressed By Nominee For NC House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore (Center) was chosen by House Republicans as the chamber's next speaker. Joining him from left: Majority Whip Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne); Deputy Majority Leader Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake); Speaker Pro-Tem Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake); and Joint Caucus Leader Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph).
Credit Jorge Valencia

North Carolina Republicans have nominated a new State House Speaker to succeed U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis. Tim Moore is an attorney and small business owner from Kings Mountain, a small town about 30 miles west of Charlotte. He's been in the House for six terms.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives chose Moore in a closed-door meeting. They locked themselves in a conference room at Randolph Community College. Moore needed at least half the votes plus one to win, and that was exactly what he got.

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Politics & Government
2:07 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Tim Moore Chosen By NC GOP As Next State House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore is the GOP's choice for Speaker of the House.
Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina House Republicans selected Cleveland County Rep. Tim Moore as their choice for Speaker of the House of Representatives, making him the almost-certain successor to U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis in one of the state's three most powerful public offices.

Moore, 44, an attorney in rural King's Mountain and seven-term representative, received 37 votes in the first-round of voting - likely a comfortable victory in a race against five other candidates.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

How The President's Executive Order Affects North Carolina Immigrants

Credit Pete Souza

President Obama announced an executive order last night that paves the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

The order applies to an estimated four to five million people nationwide. Here in  North Carolina, it applies to more than 100,000 people.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

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Politics & Government
8:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

North Carolina Talks New Food Safety Rules With FDA

New FDA produce regulations will affect NC growers.
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North Carolina farmers and distributors are expected to get an earful from the Food and Drug Administration today.

The gathering in Greensboro is an official FDA listening session about implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.  It was signed into law in 2011.

Joe Reardon is North Carolina's Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture for Consumer Protection.

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