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12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clergy Says ‘Labor Union’ Aren’t Bad Words

Amy Laura Hall has organized the Labor Sabbath movement in North Carolina.
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Some North Carolinians cringe at the phrase ‘labor union.’ 

In the right to work state, some opponents say unions cause harm to private businesses and do not benefit workers. This weekend in churches, synagogues and other holy places some clergy will talk about unions as part of a Labor Sabbath movement.  

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Report: This Former NC Lawmaker Now State's Most Influential Lobbyist

Harold Brubaker
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The most influential lobbyist in North Carolina is former state House speaker Harold Brubaker, according to a report from the non-partisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Brubaker, a Republican who represented Randolph County for 18 terms, counts Alliance for Access to Dental Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and 21st Century Oncology among his current clients.

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Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Obama In Charlotte: Proposes 'Veterans Counseling Veterans'

President Obama speaking at the American Legion's 96th national convention.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

President Barack Obama spoke today to hundreds of American Legion veterans who had gathered in Charlotte, NC, for their national convention. His remarks come just months after a health care scandal and leadership change at the top of the Veterans Administration. The President announced 19 new executive actions to improve veterans' care -- one of which focuses on the rising rate of suicides among former soldiers.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama To Speak To Veterans In Charlotte Today

President Barack Obama will speak to veterans at the American Legion's national convention on Tuesday.
Credit The White House

President Barack Obama is coming to North Carolina to speak to the American Legion convention, where Sen. Kay Hagan says she will talk to him about Washington's commitment to the state's military veterans.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

NC Board Of Elections Rejects Early Voting Site For Appalachian State University

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Appalachian State University will not have a early voting site on campus for this year's general election. 

The state Board of Elections denied a request from Watauga County Board of Elections member Kathleen Campbell, who submitted a separate early voting plan from the two other members. 

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Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

NC Governor Will Sign Coal Ash Bill Into Law, But May Challenge It In Court

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Credit Zen Sutherland

Governor Pat McCrory says he plans to sign a bill to manage North Carolina’s coal ash ponds. But he may also challenge a key part of it.

The governor played a role this summer when members of the House and Senate were crafting the  plan. He made suggestions of his own on what to do with Duke Energy's 100 million tons of coal ash.

The bill is now on his desk. Over the weekend, on the talk show NC Spin, his support for it was cautious.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Meet North Carolina's First Congresswoman

Former congresswoman Eva Clayton chats with other speakers during the North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger conference at Elon.
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 Note: Today's program is a rebroadcast of a program originally aired on March 25, 2013.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Durham City Council Considers Police Recommendations

Durham City Council hears recommendations from City Manager on how to improve police and community relations.
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The Durham Police Department has been accused of racial profiling, which led the Human Relations Commission to recommend changes in policy and procedure in May.

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Politics & Government
9:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Durham City Manager: 'In Some Areas, Unexplained Racial Disparities Do Exist'

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield presented his response to alleged racism in the Durham Police Department in a packed hearing before city council.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Durham city manager presented the city council recommendations in a packed hearing on Thursday to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.

It's a long-awaited response to an investigation by the city's Human Relations Commission on claims that the police targets minorities. In his report, city manager Tom Bonfield had some clear findings.

"Our review and the data tells us in some areas, unexplained racial disparities do exist," Bonfield said to the council.

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Politics & Government
8:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

General Assembly Adjourns With Medicaid and Teacher Assistant Plans Unfinished

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  After a prolonged legislative session marked by delayed talks and Republican infighting, the General Assembly has finished its work and adjourned for the year.

The short session dragged on as lawmakers struggled to compromise over key issues, including teacher pay and coal ash. Legislators managed to strike a last-minute deal on Wednesday that would work to remove coal ash from 33 ponds across the state.

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