Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Pullen Park to Remain Closed Over the Summer

Credit Michael Zirkle Photography, Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, National Park Service

An old water line no one knew about has delayed the reopening of Raleigh’s Pullen Park. Renovations have been taking place for several years and planners hoped the park would be open this summer. But the water line combined with cold weather have pushed back the reopening. David Shouse is a senior park planner with the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Lawmakers Scrap High School EOG Tests

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would drop four end-of-course tests currently required for students in high school.

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Politics & Government
4:50 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Medical Malpractice Bill Passes Senate

A bill that would limit the amount of monetary damages for patients harmed by doctors has passed the State Senate. The measure would limit awards to $500,000. It would also make it more difficult to sue emergency room doctors.

Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville says the bill would help lower malpractice insurance premiums for doctors and therefore bring more physicians to the state. He told fellow lawmakers he's been working on the measure for years.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Hagan Wants Changes To NCLB

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) is taking the lead in calling for changes to No Child Left Behind. The education legislation is due for reauthorization this year.

Hagan joined other senate democrats at a school in Washington DC in calling for reforming No Child Left Behind.

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Politics & Government
6:35 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Future Of Earned Income Tax Credit In Doubt

Advocates for women's and children's issues gathered at the General Assembly yesterday. One bill they oppose is a change to the state's earned income tax credit.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Senate Expands "Castle Doctrine" on Deadly Force

A Senate bill saying residents would be presumed to have properly used deadly force in the case of a home, car or workplace invasion has tentatively passed the state Senate. State law currently only deals with home invasions. Democratic Senator Dan Blue of Raleigh voted against the measure, because it expands the definition of a home and a workplace to include tents. Blue says a number of homeless people live in tents they erect in downtown Raleigh.

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Politics & Government
4:50 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Charter School Bill Passes Senate

State senators have tentatively approved a bill that would eliminate North Carolina's current cap on charter schools. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred charters are allowed to operate in the state at any given time. Democrats introduced a number of amendments on the Senate floor they said would help more at-risk children attend charters. But they were outvoted by the Republican majority.

Democrat Gladys Robinson is from Greensboro:

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Governor Vetoes Budget Bill

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed the first bill approved by the new Republican majority at the legislature.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Governor Proposes $19.9 Billion Budget

Governor Bev Perdue released her proposed budget in Raleigh earlier today. The $19.9 billion dollar plan would protect existing teacher and teacher assistant jobs, but it would eliminate about ten thousand other state jobs through cuts and through the reorganization of state agencies.

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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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