Politics & Government

The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Truman's Israel-Palestine Dilemma

President Harry Truman, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban in 1951
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After World War II, President Harry Truman was being approached on all sides about building a Jewish state in Palestine. 

The pro-Israel lobby was pushing for its own sovereign nation, but Truman was leaning toward a two-state solution while his State Department said the British should keep control of Palestine. 

Facing political pressure, Truman eventually called for the U.S. to recognize Israel, but his correspondence shows that he knew it would not be a peaceful solution. 

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A House Divided: Brothers With Opposing Politics

Woodhouse Divided
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 The nation’s gap between conservatives and liberals is ever widening and this division is personal for one set of North Carolina brothers. 

Brad Woodhouse led communications for the Democratic party. Dallas Woodhouse ran the state’s chapter of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Breaking Down The NC Senatorial Debate

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Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan squared off with her Republican challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis in their first senatorial debate last night.

The race is essentially neck and neck with two months left before midterm elections. Tillis attempted to tie Hagan to an unpopular president, while Hagan tried to associate Tillis with an unpopular legislature. 

And with nearly $15 million in spending from outside groups, the race is already one of the most expensive in the country.

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Politics & Government
8:56 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Environmental Advocates File New Lawsuit Against Duke Energy For Coal Ash Pollution

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Officials at the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources have filed suits and threatened to fine Duke over coal ash contamination.

Attorneys from the Southern Environmental Law Center are focusing on plants in Chatham, Rowan and Wayne counties. Attorney Frank Holloman says the toxic hexavalent chromium has been seeping from the Buck Steam station in Rowan County.

"All of these are substances you do not want in these quantities, in your drinking water, in your body, in what your children eat or drink, or for that matter in your fish and wildlife."

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Politics & Government
7:16 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Hagan, Tillis Show Differences In First Televised Debate

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Oniffrey / UNC-TV

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and Republican state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis held their first televised debate Wednesday night. The race is one of a handful of closely watched contests across the country that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate next year.

The debate was a fast-paced hour of topics that ran the gamut from health care to foreign policy.

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Politics & Government
5:31 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Hagan and Tillis Square Off In First Debate Tonight

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This evening, Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House Thom Tillis will square off in their first debate of the campaign season.

The much-anticipated first debate between Senator Hagan and Speaker Tillis will be broadcast on WUNC-FM and on television outlets across the state. It begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Politics & Government
5:21 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Durham Council Members Want To Require Written Consent For Police Vehicle Search

The Durham City Council debated on Tuesday night to require police officers get written consent from drivers before being able to search a vehicle.
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In Durham, members of the city council want to require police to get written consent from drivers before searching a vehicle.

The debate over vehicle searches stems from complaints that some Durham officers have unfairly targeted minorities.

Some residents and community groups say black men are often arbitrarily stopped and searched.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

City Council Decisions On Durham Police Department

City of Durham
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The Durham City Council is expected to take up policy recommendations about the city’s police department tonight. The meeting comes after months of consideration of recommendations from community organizations who allege racial discrimination by law enforcement.The department says such allegations are unfounded.

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Politics & Government
9:55 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Some NC County Governments Draft Child Immigration Resolutions

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Some local governments in North Carolina are considering resolutions that urge the federal government to stop allowing unaccompanied minors into the country illegally. 

Commissioners in Rowan and Brunswick counties have passed such resolutions in recent weeks.  They came shortly after Governor Pat McCrory estimated as many as 1,500 children from Central American countries had settled in North Carolina. It's been reported that violence in those countries has forced the children to flee.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Former Legislators Top List Of Influential Lobbyists

North Carolina Legislative Building
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  When organizations and companies look to garner support for legislative issues, former lawmakers top the list of lobbyists they choose. A new report by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research shows former legislators are the most influential voices in the halls of the General Assembly. Host Frank Stasio talks with the study’s author, Paige Worsham, policy analyst for the Center.

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