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10:52 am
Fri December 6, 2013

TV Exchange Sparks Partisan Debate

When NC NAACP President William Barber sparred with state budget director Art Pope about the state’s political policies, it made headlines. The exchange spun off of a press conference where Barber announced plans to picket stores owned by Pope.

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Politics & Government
7:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Duke Professor Emeritus Remembers Nelson Mandela

James A. Joseph was U.S. Ambassador to South Africa during Nelson Mandela's presidency.
Credit Duke University

North Carolinians are joining leaders around the world in remembering Nelson Mandela's legacy. The former South African president died Thursday in Johannesburg. He was 95. Those who watched Mandela emerge from decades of captivity to national leader say he brought a charm  not found in most political figures.

James Joseph is professor emeritus at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. He served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa during much of Mandela's presidency.

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Politics & Government
9:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NC Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Care To Regional Plans

The state’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Committee (from left, Sen. Louis Pate, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Dennis Barry, Peggy Terhune, Rep. Nelson Dollar
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The North Carolina health department may create up to seven regional networks across the state to give Medicaid services, instead of allowing companies to compete to provide government insurance statewide, according to a new proposal.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Durham Youth Death Sparks Protests

Credit City of Durham

    

Seventeen year-old Jesus Huerta died of a gunshot wound in the back of a Durham police car last month. His death sparked protests outside of Durham Police Department Headquarters.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Moral Mondays Defendants Receive Varying Verdicts In Court

Moral Monday protesters at the General Assembly earlier this year.
Credit Matthew Lenard

More Moral Monday protesters will have their cases heard in court today.

Earlier this year, more than 900 people were arrested for protesting at the North Carolina legislature. The Wake County District Attorney’s office has given them the choice of paying a fine and performing community service or facing a judge. Many of them have chosen to go to court. And while they’ve been charged with the same crimes under similar circumstances, they’re getting different outcomes.

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Politics & Government
4:58 am
Mon December 2, 2013

New Laws Go On The Books

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More than 40 new laws passed by state legislators earlier this year went into effect yesterday.

The laws that went on the books are primarily criminal. They include greater punishments for those who abuse or endanger children.

One of them would more than double the maximum prison terms for the most serious child abuse charge. It was inspired by the case of a three-year-old from Concord, who was severely beaten by her stepfather.

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Politics & Government
6:16 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

529 Savings Deduction Going Away

Credit Dave DeWitt

Contributors to 529 college savings plans will no longer qualify for a state tax credit. The elimination of the deduction is part of a larger overhaul to the state’s tax code that goes into effect January 1st.

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Politics & Government
10:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward

Rep. Howard Coble (R) is retiring next year. The race to replace him is already underway.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

 Audio FileJeff Tiberii's report on candidates who want to succeed Congressman Howard Coble.Edit | Remove

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Addressing Poverty In A Changing Economy

Gene Nichol, Director, UNC Center on Poverty, work and Opportunity
Credit UNC Law School

A group of public education, philanthropic and community leaders gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill yesterday to discuss ways to address growing poverty in the state. The conference was titled, "Poverty, Partnerships and the Public Good: A Call for Engagement by North Carolina Institutions."

The discussion was lively. Gene Nichol, Director of UNC’s Poverty Center commenced the group.

“Poverty is by any standard the largest problem that we face in North Carolina," said Nichol.

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