Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

State Senate Approves Block to Federal Health Care Law

The state Senate has passed a bill that would block the federal requirement that everyone have health insurance or face a penalty. The measure passed easily by 30 to 18 today. Republican Senator Austin Allran of Hickory says the measure accomplishes three things-first, it says people in North Carolina should not be required to have a health insurance policy or be a member of a health care plan.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Governor Delivers State of the State Address

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North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night. The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background.

North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night.

The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background. While she praised tough decisions that have already been made to cut costs, Governor Perdue said difficult choices will be required to keep the state in the black. Jessica Jones reports from the state capitol.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Charter School Bill Would Lift Cap

A bill in the state Senate would abolish the current limit of one hundred on charter schools in North Carolina.

For years, advocates of charter schools have pressed legislators to pass a law that would allow more charters to operate in North Carolina. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred of them are allowed to operate at any given time in the state. But the new Republican-controlled legislature is likely to eliminate that limit completely. And that would make some charter school advocates very happy.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Governor To Deliver State of the State

The Governor plans to address state legislators tonight in her annual State of the State Address.

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Perdue At Emerging Issues Forum

Bev Perdue

Governor Bev Perdue says North Carolina's health care system needs better coordination in order to be more efficient and deliver better care.  Perdue spoke at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh yesterday. This year, state and national experts are discussing health care innovation.  In her speech, the governor highlighted North Carolina innovations, such as a 2 million dollar federal grant towards a statewide I-T effort. The project will screen for dangerous medication interactions in older patients who get prescriptions from many doctors:

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Franklin County Sheriff Resigns

Pat Green
Credit Pat Green Facebook re-election page

The sheriff of Franklin County abruptly resigned over the weekend.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green has been with the department for more than 25 years.  Green said he was stepping down because of “major health and personal matters.” But Green’s abrupt departure may have a lot to do with a recent request from Franklin County District Attorney Sam Currin. He asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into missing money from the sheriff’s office. No word on how much money. Green was first elected as sheriff in 2006.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon January 31, 2011

NCCU Prof Runs for Liberian Presidency

James Guseh with NCCU students Desiree Lewis, Timeika White and Kaia Clarke
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina Central University Professor James Guseh has returned home to Liberia - and he's running for president.

Presidential politics in Africa and in the African Diaspora has flooded the news in the New Year. There is the stand-off in the Ivory Coast where nations around the world continue to beg a losing presidential candidate to cede power to the winner. And just recently – a former dictator of Haiti returned home – raising questions of his intentions as the country tries to rebuild. A professor at North Carolina Central University says he can’t change the world – but he can help change his home country of Liberia.  So he’s running for president.  

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Legislature Begins 2011-2012 Session

It's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

The North Carolina legislature has begun a new session at a historic time in its history. Republicans now hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century. But it's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed January 26, 2011

New Legislative Session Begins Today

The 2011-2012 legislative session begins today.

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Public to Weigh In on Insurace Rate Increases

The North Carolina Department of Insurance will hold a public comment session in Raleigh this morning on possible insurance rate increases. The North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents all the insurance companies doing business in the state, filed a request to raise rates an average of 20.9 percent for this year. Kerry Hall is a spokeswoman for the Insurance Department.

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