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The State of Things
10:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Chapel Hill's First Openly-Gay Mayor Reflects On His Home

Mark Kleinschmidt
Credit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/ / Town Of Chapel Hill

  

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Politics & Government
10:05 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bill Moyers Turns His Lens On North Carolina And Politics

Protesters in North Carolina
Credit Bill Moyers and Company

Bill Moyers takes an in-depth look at the changing political climate here in North Carolina this week in a new documentary, State of Conflict: North Carolina.

State of Conflict: North Carolina from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Here's how Moyers frames the story:

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Sales Tax Jumps For Manufactured Homes

The T-Ranch manufactured home from Royal Homes starts in the low $100s.
Credit Royal Homes in Raleigh

Mobile and modular homes have traditionally been a top choice for lower-income home buyers.  But the New Year has brought higher taxes for these properties.

The sales tax will jump about two-fold for those buying a modular home.   Sonny Bannister is president of Royal Homes in Raleigh.

"We've been aware of the pending increase for about 90 days and we've been warning our customers of the potential of an increase since that time," said Bannister.

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Politics & Government
9:21 am
Thu January 2, 2014

New Year Brings New Campaign Finance Rules

Credit NC General Assembly

Changes detailed in the state's new voting law now allow bigger donations for candidates. 

Political office seekers were able to start padding their campaign war chests once the calendar changed to 2014.  Candidates for any office can now accept up to $5,000 from a single contributor.  Before the new year, the contribution limit for most donors was $4,000.  Judicial candidates could only accept $1,000 per supporter. 

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table

Black farmers protest at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 1997. Protesters alleged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied black farmers equal access to farm loans and assistance based on their race. North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford and 400 other black farmers filed the Pigford v. Glickman (Pigford I) class-action lawsuit against USDA in 1997. The USDA settled Pigford I in 1999.
Credit USDA photo by Anson Eaglin. / flickr

Exploring Gaps in America's Food System

Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience.

But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
8:22 am
Tue December 24, 2013

More Alamance County Domestic Violence Victims Are Getting Protective Orders

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A new electronic system allowing domestic violence victims to obtain protective orders quickly is already a success in Alamance County. It's the only system of its kind in the state.

Previously, victims had to visit numerous locations in the process of obtaining protective orders. Cindy Brady is the director of the Family Justice Center of Alamance County.

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Politics & Government
11:25 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Moral Monday Leaders Looking To Spend 2014 Advocating For The Uninsured

The Rev. William Barber (center) speaks outside the south face of the North Carolina State Capitol building on Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

A judge gave permission Monday to a group that’s been protesting new North Carolina laws to rally on the grounds of the state Capitol building.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour’s decision reversed denial of a permit  earlier this month.  It served as a preamble for the new year of protests, that have become known as Moral Monday, against the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Just hours after the decision, the Rev. William Barber, one of the key Moral Monday organizers, spoke to dozens of people on a courtyard outside the Capitol, mapping out 2014.

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The State of Things
1:15 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Meet Bill Adair

2007 was a historic year for American politics. It was the lead-up to the 2008 elections where the first black president ever would be elected. Bill Adair was the Washington Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg Times, and he was frustrated. The amount of spin and outright lying coming out of the campaigns sent him reeling. But he had an idea: PolitFact. Host Frank Stasio talks to Bill Adair, professor of computational journalism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, about his creation.

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Politics & Government
9:59 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

State Board Of Elections Removes Beaufort County Board Member

Credit North Carolina Government / North Carolina Government

The State Board of Elections has removed a Beaufort County elections board member from office.

Republican Delma Blinson of Blounts Creek endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon at a Tea Party meeting two months ago.

State law limits the political activities of members of boards of elections. Josh Howard is the chairman of the State Board.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal this week. The measure prevents another immediate government shutdown but the fight on Capitol Hill over spending and taxation is far from over.

And a tweet by North Carolina Republican Bob Rucho sparks national controversy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest developments in politics, nationally and in North Carolina. 

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