Politics & Government

Politics & Government
8:03 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Four Things That Need To Happen Before Raleigh Can Turn Dix Campus Into Park

Dorothea Dix campus
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Governor Pat McCrory’s administration and Raleigh leaders have reached an agreement for the city to buy the old Dorothea Dix campus in order to create a park. Advocates have lobbied for years to create a grand city park on the 307-acre property, but those efforts were frustrated until now.

Governor McCrory and Raleigh’s mayor, Nancy McFarlane, held a joint news conference Monday at the executive mansion. They spoke before an audience of park advocates, state lawmakers and members of the business community who’ve long supported the idea to re-purpose the Dorothea Dix campus.  

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Advocates For Historic Tax Credits Hope To Convince Legislators

Credit Dave DeWitt

A program giving developers tax credits to restore old buildings expired on January first. But advocates have launched a campaign asking lawmakers to restore the program.

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition has launched an online petition drive to ask state lawmakers to restore the historic tax credit. So far it has more than 1,700 signatures.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Congress Resumes Work On Keystone Pipeline

Pipes from the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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One of the measures topping the agenda for the new Republican Congress is passage of legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline. 

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Transportation
9:30 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Chapel Hill Transit Could Start Charging For Bus Rides

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The Chapel Hill Transit system needs about $80 million in revenue to keep up with growth over the next ten years. 

That's according to a report presented to the town council this week.  It says the bus network will need to reduce service, start leasing buses, or consider more revenue from three different sources:

  1. Taxes from Chapel Hill and Carrboro
  2. Fees from students at UNC-Chapel Hill
  3. Charging passengers. 

The service is currently free for riders. 

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Politics & Government
5:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Why Did OBX State Rep Paul Tine Change His Affiliation To Independent?

Unaffiliated state Representative Paul Tine.
Credit NCGA

A state legislator who was previously a Democrat has become unaffiliated because he feels he can get more done that way for his district. Representative Paul Tine of the Outer Banks says he wanted to stay within the moderate Democratic fold, but he felt the party was veering too far to the left for him. Tine also feels that as an unaffiliated legislator, he can work with the Republican majority to benefit his district. He says the Outer Banks benefited from strong legislators, including former Democratic Senator Marc Basnight:

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

North Carolina's Congressional Delegation Sworn In

U.S. Representative Alma Adams
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New members of North Carolina's Congressional delegation were sworn in today in Congress. That includes Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Republican Congressman David Rouzer of the 7th District.

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The State Of Things
12:18 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin: Opening Of 114th Congress

Ken Rudin
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  Today marks the start of the 114th Congress --  the most diverse in the nation’s history. What are the legislative priorities for the upcoming session? Is there a place for compromise in a sharply divided political climate? What role will the North Carolina delegation play? And will House Speaker John Boehner retain his leadership post?  Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the new congressional session.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

State Supreme Court Swears In Chief Justice Mark Martin

Credit Mark Martin

North Carolina's state Supreme Court Chief Justice was sworn in yesterday. 

Chief Justice Mark Martin was officially sworn in for an eight-year term in a ceremony at the North Carolina Supreme Court.

But he isn't new to the court- Martin was first elected in 1998. He was appointed to serve as Chief Justice this summer, after the former Chief Justice Sarah Parker resigned. She had reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.

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Politics & Government
6:15 am
Thu January 1, 2015

North Carolina Cuts Film Incentives To $10M Per Year

Portions of Iron Man 3 were filmed in Kenansville, Rose Hill and Oak Island.
Credit Marvel

North Carolina will offer up to $10 million a year until 2020 to encourage video production companies to film in the state, as part of the new incentives package going into effect today.

The state's new grant program will give preference to filmmakers who use "economically distressed" locations or show attractions that could promote tourism to the state, according to guidelines drafted by the N.C. Film Office.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Appeals Court Says Doctors Can't Be Forced To Describe Sonograms Before Abortions

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A North Carolina law that requires abortion providers to take a woman's sonogram and describe it to her in detail is unconstitutional because it violate's the woman's free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court said on Monday.

A three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond unanimously ruled that the state cannot require physicians to disseminate its message discouraging abortions. The ruling upholds a district judge's decision.

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