Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

State Officials And Lawmakers Discuss Rural Center's Future

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in Raleigh held a meeting Tuesday to discuss moving funding from some non-profit groups to the state Department of Commerce. The joint oversight commission included an update on the shrinking of the state’s Rural Economic Development Center, a formerly powerful organization that provided grants to rural areas. Most of the center’s assets are in the process of shifting to the Department of Commerce.

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Transportation
11:56 am
Tue October 29, 2013

I-40/440 Rebuild Officially Underway

Credit Dave DeWitt

Some eastbound lanes on portions of I-440 near the I-40/440 split will now be shut down at night. 

It's part of 3-year rebuild project that will replace an 11-and-a-half mile stretch of freeway in southern Wake County. Daytime lane closures won't begin until mid December.

The DOT's Cris Mulder says 100,000 vehicles use this part of the highway every day and safety is the biggest concern.

"This is 30-year old concrete and pavement," Mulder says.

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Transportation
5:40 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Amtrak Corridor Between Raleigh And Charlotte Growing Quickly

Mercedes Alexander prepares to board the "Carolinian" Amtrak train in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The state Department of Transportation says the latest numbers show Amtrak train service between Raleigh and Charlotte is among the fastest growing corridors in the country.

The “Piedmont” and “Carolinian” trains transported about 480,000 riders in the past year.

Amtrak passengers with suitcases, pillows and smart devices started gathering their items as the attendant in the downtown Durham station made this announcement.

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Politics & Government
7:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kay Hagan Wants To Extend "Obama Care" Signup Period

Sen Kay Hagan wants sign-up extension for Americans who want "Affordable Care."
Credit politico.com

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan can be added to the list of Obama allies who is also critical of healthcare.gov, the federal government's health care exchange website.

Senator Kay Hagan has not been afraid to speak her mind about the rocky roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.  She’s voiced her concerns on Twitter and during a visit to N.C. State yesterday.

“You know, I’m just as frustrated as my constituents are.  We’ve got to be assured that we get a website that works," said Hagan.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Raleigh Identifies New Site For Downtown Food Distribution

Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsolson/ / flickr

Charities in Raleigh could soon be using a vacant warehouse across from Moore Square to distribute food on weekends. 

City staff members submitted that recommendation this week.  The city came to the agreement with local charity groups after volunteers said this summer police threatened to arrest them for handing out food. 

A city ordinance prohibits food distribution without a permit, but charities said they had been doing it for years on the weekends when soup kitchens are closed. 

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McCrory Stands Behind Voting Law, Says NC Might Be Forced To Expand Medicaid

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory has again defended North Carolina's new voting law during a talk at a leading conservative think tank. 

McCrory spoke at an event Monday hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  He stood behind the state's new voting rules, which require a photo ID at the polls, pointing out that 32 other states have similar laws.  He also criticized attorney general Roy Cooper for speaking out against the law.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Determining Who's Eligible For Eugenics Compensation

Credit Dave DeWitt

The public comment period on the procedure to determine who's eligible for the state's sterilization compensation program ends today.

State lawmakers included a measure in this year's budget that sets aside ten million dollars to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program, which ended in the 1970s.

Surviving victims must submit claims for compensation on or before June 30th of 2014. So far, the state has verified more than 175 survivors.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Sat October 19, 2013

NC Republican Congressional Delegation Splits On Strategy

Credit Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

North Carolina’s congressional delegation has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as Democrats and Republicans in Washington have argued over shutting down the government, the Affordable Care Act, and raising the debt ceiling. 

The idea for the shutdown came from Republican Representative Mark Meadows of the Eleventh District, whose aim was to try to dismantle Obamacare. But not all the Republican members of the North Carolina delegation agreed with the tactic.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Congressmen Reflect On Vote To End Shutdown

Credit Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

  

Wednesday night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Political Fallout From Shutdown

Tea Party Protest in DC
Credit Wikipedia

  

Congress finally ended the government shutdown this week and voted to raise the debt ceiling. The battle may be over for the moment, but the political differences continue. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rob Christensen, chief political writer for the News and Observer; and Michael Bitzer, politics and history professor and acting provost at Catawba College.

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