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12:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

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Politics & Government
8:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

North Carolina Talks New Food Safety Rules With FDA

New FDA produce regulations will affect NC growers.
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North Carolina farmers and distributors are expected to get an earful from the Food and Drug Administration today.

The gathering in Greensboro is an official FDA listening session about implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.  It was signed into law in 2011.

Joe Reardon is North Carolina's Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture for Consumer Protection.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Forsyth County Will Argue Speech, Religion And Discrimination in Federal Court Today

A federal judge in Winston-Salem will hear arguments today on whether to lift an injunction on Forsyth County's prayer policy at county meetings.
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Forsyth County wants a federal judge to lift an injunction, allowing sectarian prayers from clergy before meetings.  However, the ACLU wants the court to require that the county change its prayer policy to include people of non-traditional faiths.

A 2010 District Court injunction requires the county censor any invocations – ensuring only generic prayers are offered. 

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Politics & Government
9:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Democrat Tom Bradshaw Concedes NC Senate Race To Republican John Alexander

Republican John Alexander, left, and Democrat Tom Bradshaw.
Credit Alexander for NC Senate, Tom Bradshaw for NC Senate

Wednesday afternoon former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw congratulated  opponent John Alexander on winning their race for the North Carolina Senate, after Wake County Board of Elections officials gave the final results of a re-count.

Bradshaw and Alexander’s race to represent a portion of northern Wake County -- the only one in the General Assembly to go to a re-count after this month’s election -- came down to 701 votes, or about .86 percent of the turn-out. The contest was one of a mere dozen or so that were competitive in the 170-seat body.

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Politics & Government
8:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

N.C.'s G.K. Butterfield To Lead The Congressional Black Caucus

G.K. Butterfield, of Wilson, will lead the Congressional Black Caucus
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G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) will be the next leader of the Congressional Black Caucus. Butterfield, who represents much of Eastern North Carolina, was unanimously elected on Wednesday by the 45 member group.

“I’m moved by the unwavering support the CBC has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield in a release. He is the caucus's most recent Vice-Chair.

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Politics & Government
6:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

NC Health Officials Advocate Change To Electronic Death Records

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State health officials would like to update North Carolina's antiquated system of recording deaths.  The Tar Heel state uses handwritten or typed documents to declare a death.  Those forms are hand-delivered through several stops from the funeral home to state records in Raleigh -- which can take at least three months. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told lawmakers today her department wants to move to a fully electronic system:

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Politics & Government
8:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

This Is The One Race In The NC General Assembly That Will Go To A Re-Count

Republican John Alexander, left, and Democrat Tom Bradshaw have worked on community projects in Raleigh since the 1970s
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Former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw requested a recount on Monday afternoon in his race for the North Carolina Senate against Republican John Alexander, with 701 votes separating them in the closest General Assembly contest this year.

Alexander led Bradshaw by .86 percent in a race with a turn-out of about 82,000 voters, according to certified Wake County Board of Elections results.
 

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Javier Diaz de Leon Advises Mexicans In North Carolina As Washington Talks Immigration Reform

Javier Diaz de Leon
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Nearly 30 percent of immigrants in the United States are from Mexico, but migration between the two countries is changing. A study from the Pew Research Center indicates this country is at the tail end of the largest wave of immigration in American history.

And in North Carolina, more families are permanently relocating here rather than traveling for temporary work.

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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Got A Problem With Railroad Crossings? Capital Planners Want To Know

Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting public meetings tonight and tomorrow to collect public feedback about safety issues at rail crossings.
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Traffic is expected to swell in the coming years between the N.C. State University Campus and Downtown Cary.

Tonight and tomorrow, the is hosting public meetings to collect feedback on safety issues at railroad crossings.

“We're trying to look at transpiration solutions, not only for cars, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area," says Senior Transportation Planner Shelby Powell.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NC Gov. Pat McCrory Sues General Assembly Leaders Over Separation Of Powers

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Governor Pat McCrory has filed a suit against House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger, saying he's trying to stop them from usurping executive powers.

The lawsuit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, alleges violations of the separation of powers, executive power, and appointments provisions of the state Constitution, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Former governors Jim Hunt, a Democrat, and Jim Martin, a Republican, joined McCrory in the filing.

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