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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)
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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
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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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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning

Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.

The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran. 

“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.

A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.

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The State of Things
11:16 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks Tea Party Challenge to GOP

Credit Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

Some North Carolina Republicans could face Tea Party challenger who think incumbents are not true conservatives.

Both U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger are under attack for not hewing close enough to the Tea Party line. Host Frank Stasio talks about the fallout of these battles with political junkie Ken Rudin.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Voter Identification Faces Uphill Battle

Credit Credit NC General Assembly

The election this week was the last in North Carolina before some provisions of a voter ID law go into effect.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state over its new law, asserting that it may have a chilling effect. Proponents of the law say it is necessary for an even playing field.

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, said the problem with the law isn't just the provision requiring an ID to vote,

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Representative Howard Coble Will Not Seek Re-election

Credit US House of Representatives

North Carolina’s longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives says he will not run for re-election.

Congressman Howard Coble of the sixth district first won his seat in 1984, and has been re-elected ever since then. Coble says he is mentally sharp, but some problems have made him change his mind about running again.

 Coble held a news conference at Guilford County’s Republican headquarters yesterday, recorded by WXII-TV. The 82-year-old said his back and skin cancer issues have begun to catch up with him.
 

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Howard Coble Says He Will Not Seek Re-election

6th District congressman Howard Coble says he will not seek a 16th term in the U.S. House.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble says his 15th term in Congress will be his last.

The 82-year-old Republican announced Thursday in Greensboro he won't seek re-election in 2014, opening the seat for the first time in three decades.  Coble said he's mentally sharp, but recent back problems and skin cancer worry him about whether he can keep up with a 2014 campaign.

"I just fear that I would be limited physically and serve no good purpose," Coble said at a news conference Thursday at Guilford County GOP headquarters, where an audience of about 200 gave him a standing ovation.

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