Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
10:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

NC Politians Speak In Support of US Foreign Spending

Former governors Jim Hunt (left) and Jim Martin spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Prominent North Carolina politicians, including Sen. Kay Hagan and former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending on Monday, saying investments outside of the country can benefit the state’s economy. 

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Politics & Government
9:34 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases

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The state Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that would allow private water companies to raise rates in some cases without public hearings. 

Under the new rule, utilities could implement rate hikes several times a year without public input, as long as they do not amount to an increase of more than 5 percent. 

State lawmakers passed the new rule without opposition last session, but the Utilities Commission has to decide if it's in the public's interest before it goes into effect. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS

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State auditor Beth Wood went before lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to defend her office’s audit of the state’s Medicaid program.

A new computer system called NCTracks that allows health care providers to get reimbursed for Medicaid claims has been operating since July first. But many doctors and hospitals have reported they’re not getting the money they’re owned, and the system has numerous glitches.

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Politics & Government
5:54 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Money From Rural Center Shifts To State Department Of Commerce

Credit Matthew Lenard

Most of the money formerly under the oversight of the once-powerful Rural Center has officially reverted to the state. Until recently, the non-profit Rural Center handed out taxpayer-funded grants for economic development and infrastructure.

But an audit found the Center had earned 20 million dollars worth of interest off money given by the state over the years. Lawmakers disapproved, and expressed dismay at staff members’ high salaries. So they made plans to strip the Center of its power.

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The State Of Things
10:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks North Carolina Politics

Ken Rudin
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United States Senator Kay Hagan faces a tough battle to keep her seat in 2014. Some polls indicate Hagan’s lead over several Republican challengers is diminishing. GOP Strategist Karl Rove travelled to the state this week to raise money for one of those challengers: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the Senate race and other North Carolina politics.

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Politics & Government
9:39 am
Wed November 20, 2013

There's A Megalopolis In North Carolina's Future

Aeriel snapshot of NW Charlotte, 2005.
Credit UNC Population Center

The Carolina Population Center at UNC is debuting a new unit this week that will focus on translating complicated Census data for businesses and the public.

The new unit is called Carolina Demography.  And the first project by Director Rebecca Tippett is dissecting current and future North Carolina housing units for a span covering 110 years.

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