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Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
Bz3rk / Wikipedia

Update: Raleigh's City Council has unanimously approved a Unified Development Ordinance to update zoning for one third of the city. This remapping could bring taller buildings and dense construction to the city.

Monday, November 17, 2015:

Raleigh City Council's is considering allowing 40-story skyscrapers to be built along Fayetteville Street as part of the city's ongoing zoning district re-mapping efforts. But the council is also considering height restrictions for iconic old buildings there.

University of North Carolina system logo
University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors conceded today to demands from state lawmakers to turn over records from a recent closed-door meeting that gave pay raises to top campus executives.

The university Board of Governors voted to turn over recordings, draft minutes and agendas from a controversial meeting in which chancellors at 12 of the state's 17 campuses raises of up to $70,000.

Assistant Secretary for the Division of Employment Security celebrated the state's unemployment trust fund surplus, on Thursday. Governor McCrory stood over his left should, while Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla looked on as well.
Jeff Tiberii

State officials are celebrating a $1 billion surplus in the North Carolina unemployment trust fund. The Wednesday announcement represents a significant swing from just two and a half years ago when the state owed the federal government $2.8 billion. This past May, the state paid down its debt a year before the due date. The savings have continued.

"Today I am very proud to announce the following - that we have built up our unemployment reserve fund to more than $1 billion," said Governor Pat McCrory before a crowd at the Employment Security Commission.

A picture of lights on a police car.
Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

In response to allegations of racial disparities in policing, the Greensboro police chief has instructed his force not to stop vehicles for  minor traffic violations based on equipment infractions.

Serving The President Aboard Air Force One

Nov 12, 2015
Howie Franklin spent 19 years on Air Force One serving presidents from Ford to Clinton.
Ken Hackman / Wikimedia Commons

Howie Franklin holds the record for most U.S. presidents served as a flight attendant on Air Force One. He got his start during the Ford administration and finished his career four presidents later with Bill Clinton.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ann Howell was unseated in an election that was decided by one vote.
Town of Princeville

For years, Linda Joyner had been unsatisfied with the lack of recreational opportunities for children and teenagers in her small town in Eastern North Carolina. And she was unhappy about other things in the town of Princeville, population 2,000: the state government had taken over parts of the town administration, and the town did not have its own police department.

This year, she said, she got tired of hearing herself complain, registered as a candidate to the town’s Board of Commissioners, and knocked on more than 300 doors to ask people for her vote.

Stories From The Arab Spring

Nov 10, 2015
Reynolds on a tank in the Panshjir Valley, Afghanistan
Andy Reynolds

UNC political science professor Andy Reynolds is one of the world’s leading experts in governmental and electoral design. During his graduate school years in post-Apartheid South Africa, Reynolds advised writers of the constitution.

He continued to help other countries devise political structures over the last two decades. During the Arab Spring revolutions, Reynolds spent time in Egypt, Libya and Yemen working for the United Nations and the United States National Security Council.

Jedediah Purdy
Duke University

Jed Purdy grew up in West Virginia and spent much of his time exploring the countryside and reading. So he was just as surprised as anyone when just a few years later his first book “For Common Things” threw him into the limelight.

Image of Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie.

With the passing of Congressman Howard Coble, North Carolina loses one of a vanishing breed: the old style politician.

Meanwhile, municipal elections across the country led to unexpected results in some places. Salt Lake City will likely have its first openly gay mayor, pending a recount later this month. 

In Houston, voters repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBTQ residents, and Jeb Bush's numbers fall as the Republican presidential primary continues.

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

Republican lawmaker Howard Coble died yesterday at age 84.

Coble represented North Carolina’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years.

He was known for strong constituent services and a dedication to reducing government waste.

The congressman appeared on The State of Things in December.