Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Health Officials Say Medicaid Claims Processing System Is Improving

Credit NC General Assembly

State health officials say glitches are being worked out in the new Medicaid claims processing system called NCTracks.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos and other health officials testified before lawmakers in a day-long oversight session Tuesday.

Health care providers have complained that they’re not being reimbursed for services rendered to Medicaid patients. Some state lawmakers said they think health officials are getting things back on track.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Little Oversight, Huge Disparities In Public Officials’ Pay

Credit North Carolina Government / North Carolina Government

  

A News & Observer investigation has revealed a huge disparity in pay among local and state officials in North Carolina.

Some officials make equal pay for less responsibility than their peers. Meanwhile, these same officials get bonuses, raises and other perks while other workers struggle in a tough economy. Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane about his series.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Attorney General Talks Political Future

Credit N.C. Democratic Party

  Attorney General Roy Cooper finds himself in a unique position. He is the first Democratic Attorney General to serve in an all-GOP government since reconstruction.

The governor’s mansion and both chambers of the General Assembly are in Republican control. So he finds himself having to defend the legality of laws he disagrees with.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu November 14, 2013

NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Talks Commerce

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane chairs the NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.
Credit www.raleighnc.gov

North Carolina mayors from the mountains to the coast gathered in Raleigh yesterday to talk business and job creation in this tough economy.

The man of the hour actually wasn’t a mayor at all.  It was O’Hara Macken, an executive vice president and managing director of IPREO.

“Access to talent, culture, livability are all really important to us.  Raleigh offered all of that," said Macken.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts

Credit Triangle Transit Authority

  

Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county.

The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bruce Siceloff, a reporter for the News & Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

NC Tax Law Proposal Would Hike Live Entertainment Prices

Sales tax would be charged on N.C. State Fair admission tickets under legislative proposal.
Credit Flickr user Kevin Oliver

When North Carolina legislators passed a law this summer charging sales tax on admissions to live entertainment events in the state, they made a list of exempt groups.

But exactly who doesn’t have to pay created confusion, so now law makers have a more clear proposal: Tax everyone, except for K-12 schools and all-volunteer groups.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Hagan: Let People Keep Their Health Care Plans

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Credit Third Way Think Tank via Flickr, Creative Commons

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) says she's joining other Democrats who are calling for health insurers to reinstate recently canceled policies. 

Hagan says she supports a bill that was introduced after it became clear that not everyone could keep their plans when the Affordable Care Act took effect. 

"I think we knew with a bill this large that there would be fixes that need to be made to make it work better, and this is one of those items now that needs to be changed.  People need to be able to keep their plans," Hagan says.

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Politics & Government
7:14 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Durham Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of NC Fund

Howard Fuller helps lead a 1960s silent march in Durham.
Credit southerndocumentaryfund.org

Community leaders and residents are coming together this week in Durham to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “North Carolina Fund.”

The “North Carolina Fund” was established by Governor Terry Sanford in 1963.  The idea was to create programs to help address the state’s vast disparities in housing, education and jobs.  It was North Carolina’s “War on Poverty.”

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Politics & Government
6:03 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

NC Congress Members: Don't Sequester Tobacco Buyout Money

A tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina
Credit Flickr user perrykm5

Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to not lower payments to tobacco farmers next year as part of the expected federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

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