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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Unemployment In North Carolina

Depression-era unemployment line
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  The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House. 

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Politics & Government
7:07 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Charlotte Moves Forward With Clodfelter At The Helm

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter
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Former North Carolina Senator Dan Clodfelter officially became the new mayor of Charlotte Wednesday.  His wife and one daughter stood with him in the city council chamber as he took the oath of office.  Council members selected Clodfelter Monday to fill the vacated term of Patrick Cannon who resigned last month in the wake of federal corruption charges. 

Clodfelter never mentioned his predecessor by name.  He did refer to the day of Cannon's resignation saying that it will not cast a shadow on city leaders who have governed honestly in the past.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking To Block State's Marriage Amendment

Shana Carignan, her partner Megan Parker and Jax are one of the families involved in the first lawsuit.
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The national and state ACLU have filed lawsuits in federal district court in Greensboro, asking a judge to block the state's marriage amendment.
 

The ACLU has asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent Amendment One from remaining in effect for one of the families in a pre-existing lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. It's also filing a separate lawsuit on behalf of three other same-sex couples in the state. Chris Brook is the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
9:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Voter Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching

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Last year the General Assembly passed new rules for North Carolina voters.  They include shortening the time for early voting and eliminating the ability to register when casting an early ballot. 

Veronica DeGraffenreid works for the State Board of Elections.  She says the deadline to register is at the end of the week.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

State Libertarians Happy To Be On The Ballot

Libertarians in the state are holding a candidate forum this afternoon featuring two contenders for the party's U.S. Senate nomination.

This is only the second time in state history that Libertarians have an official presence on the primary ballot. Tim D'Annunzio and Sean Haugh are the party's primary contenders in the U.S. Senate race.

Brian Irving is the communications director for the state Libertarian party. He says the candidate forum and this weekend's annual state convention will help prepare other Libertarians who're also on the ballot.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Voting Rights In North Carolina

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Associated Press reporter Gary Robertson talks about voting rights in North Carolina

  

As the May primary draws near, issues over voter rights persist. The controversial voter law passed last year requires photo identification and reduces the number of days for early voting in the May 6th primaries. A lawsuit challenging the measure may soon force legislators to release their correspondence related to drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections released a report identifying hundreds of cases of possible voter fraud. 

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Politics & Government
10:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Elections Officials Investigating Possible Double Voting

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State elections officials say they're investigating 765 cases of voters who could have gone to the polls in two states, including North Carolina. The numbers come from a national crosscheck of voters that compares records in 28 states. State lawmakers mandated participation in the program last year. Kim Strach is the executive director of the state Board of Elections.

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The State Of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter Issues "A Call To Action"

President Jimmy Carter
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When President Jimmy Carter took office in 1977, women’s issues and gender equality dominated headlines.  Since leaving the Oval Office, President Carter has continued his work to end sexual discrimination and the abuse of women through his organization, The Carter Center.

The 39th president spoke with The State of Things host, Frank Stasio, about his new book, “A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” (Simon & Schuster/2014).

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

NC State Study: Financial Cost Of Fracking In NC Could Outweigh Benefits

A farm in Lee County, which is expected to be a source of shale gas in North Carolina.
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North Carolina’s economy could gain more from off-shore gas and oil drilling than from drilling on land, and the financial cost of drilling on land could outweigh the benefit, according to a report state lawmakers received on Tuesday.

Off-shore drilling could represent $1.9 billion in economic activity in the state per year for 30 years, according to a report from N.C. State University, which looked at economic benefits like jobs created and drawbacks like environmental risks.  

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Politics & Government
7:03 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More

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Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they have met a federal deadline as of yesterday to clear its backlog of food stamp applications. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture threatened to pull 88 million dollars in funding if deadlines were not met.

Sherri Bradsher is the deputy secretary for human services at DHHS. She says the number of households that still need food stamps fall within the USDA's parameters of meeting the deadline.

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