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11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

General Assembly To Reconvene To Tackle Controversial Issues

NC State Seal
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The short session of the General Assembly convenes tomorrow to address some of the state’s most controversial issues: teacher pay, unemployment and coal ash disposal. All of the issues are framed by the ongoing debate over the state’s budget. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol bureau chief Jessica Jones about the latest in legislative activity.

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Politics & Government
5:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Congressional Candidate, Former State Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco Dies

Former state Commerce secretary Keith Crisco
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Democratic congressional hopeful Keith Crisco has died.  He was 71 years old.

Crisco was set to be involved in a possible runoff with Clay Aiken in the 2nd congressional district.  He died reportedly after a fall at his home in Asheboro Monday afternoon.  The death was confirmed by an employee at Asheboro Elastics, the company Crisco co-founded. 

The state Board of Elections released a statement on Crisco's passing.

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Politics & Government
9:08 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Fayetteville Considers A Tax Hike To Cut Crime

Fayetteville is weighing the possibility of raising property taxes to pay for more crime-fighting measures.
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Fayetteville's city leaders are considering a property tax hike to fight crime. 

Officials say the proposed budget would raise taxes an average of $60 per year on a $150,000 house. 

Mayor Nat Robertson said the money would be used to put more officers on the street. 

“Our chief of police has asked us for 67 new employees,” Robertson said. “That includes 50-some-odd credentialed employees and support staff for them.”

Robertson stressed the spending plan is just a proposal, so far. 

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Politics & Government
5:59 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Department Of Labor Tells NC To Stop Providing Confidential Jobless Information

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the NC Division of Employment Security.
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The state Division of Employment Security has the OK from the U.S. Department of  Labor to stop providing attorneys with hearing notices of unemployed workers.

Attorneys say that having access to notices of  jobless workers who are preparing to face-off with their former employer over benefits helps both parties.  It’s business for the attorney and counsel for the claimant.

But word from the the Department of Labor calls on DES to cease the practice of providing such confidential information.

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Politics & Government
8:50 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Five Actions NC Lawmakers Want To Take On Fracking This Spring

A rig and gas well operation in the Marcellus Shale in Jackson Township, Pa.
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North Carolina lawmakers approved on Thursday the draft of a bill that outlines how drilling companies may be able to conduct a controversial type of natural gas extraction in the state.

The bill, which the General Assembly will deliberate when it convenes for session this month, includes provisions on the chemicals used for gas extraction, the possibility of water contamination, and local government ordinances.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

State Senate President Lays Out Goals For Short Session

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The head of North Carolina's state Senate, Phil Berger, says he's looking forward to beginning this year's six-week legislative session.

What's known as the short session is intended primarily to make budget adjustments to the state's two-year budget cycle. Berger says that is the main focus of the session, which starts next Wednesday.

"This session we intend to continue the work that we've engaged in over the past three years and we intend to pursue further those policies that have proved successful over the past three years," says Berger.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Roundtable Analyzes Primary Election Results

Republican Thom Tillis
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A roundtable analysis of the primary election results

  

North Carolina's primary elections were a big deal both in and out of the state this year. National organizations and outside groups spent a lot on some of the state’s contests. We will sit down with a roundtable of experts to discuss the primary election results. 

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Politics & Government
7:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Complete 2014 NC Primary Election Results

Thom Tillis (Rep) will take on Kay Hagan (Dem) in the November general election.
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Thom Tillis bested the wide field of GOP contenders for U.S. Senate with 45 percent of the vote. It was a wide enough margin to avoid a runoff -  a scenario many in the Republican party are glad to have avoided. He'll now turn his attention to incumbent Democrat, Kay Hagan, who won her primary (as expected), taking 76 percent of the vote.

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Politics & Government
7:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Survives Ad Blitz, More To Come

From left: Eric Levinson, Jeanette Doran and Robin Hudson
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Two experienced judges won the right to run for North Carolina’s Supreme Court on Tuesday night.

Incumbent Justice Robin Hudson got 43 percent of the vote and Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson got 37 percent to Raleigh attorney Jeanette Doran's 21 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.

Judicial races are usually sedate, but this one is getting attention because out-of-state funders spent more than half a million dollars in negative advertising against Hudson.

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Politics & Government
7:38 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Incumbent NC Lawmakers Who Lost Their Seats In The Primary Elections

At least four North Carolina lawmakers were unseated in Tuesday night’s primary elections.

Representative Robert Brawley, a Republican from Mooresville, was defeated by a business owner and political newcomer. Last year, Brawley publicly criticized state House Speaker Thom Tillis and his bid for the GOP nomination for senate.

Brawley was connected to the Tea Party while his opponent John Fraley describes himself as a business conservative.

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