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Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McCrory Completes Cabinet Appointments

Governor-elect Pat McCrory has filled the remaining seats in his cabinet. McCrory announced this morning his cabinet will include former Wake County Schools superintendent Tony Tata as Secretary of Transportation. The school board voted to remove Tata from his superintendent position in September. McCrory also appointed Sharon Decker, a former vice president at Duke Energy, as Secretary of Commerce. UNC Board of Governors member Bill Daughtridge will serve as Secretary of Administration.

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Politics & Government
8:46 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Gas Safety Violations Don't Lead to Fines

A state audit has found that the Department of Agriculture assessed only two fines following thousands of safety violations involving liquefied petroleum.

Jeff Tiberii: Liquefied Petroleum, or L.P., gas is used in grills, lighters and even to heat homes. During a 12-month period, Department of Agriculture inspectors wrote nearly 7,500 safety violations, but levied just two fines. State Auditor Beth Wood says violations ranged from storage plants, to dangerous pipes in homes. She says inspectors should have assessed much more in penalties.

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Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCrory Appoints Three More To Cabinet

Governor-elect Pat McCrory has announced three more additions to his cabinet. McCrory said this morning he will appoint Winston-Salem businessman Lyons Gray to serve as his Secretary of Revenue. Former Salisbury mayor Susan Kluttz will be McCrory's Secretary of Cultural Resources. And Raleigh defense attorney Kieran Shanahan will be Secretary of Public Safety. McCrory says he has three more cabinet positions to fill before his inauguration next month.

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Politics & Government
12:41 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Coble, Price Weigh In On Budget Negotiations

North Carolina's members of the House are back in Washington this week as Speaker John Boehner and President Obama try to work out a budget deal before the end of the year. The two leaders are trying to come to an agreement before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect in January. Republican Representative Howard Coble of Greensboro says Washington should consider cuts or reform for certain entitlement programs.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Wake Mayors Seek Repeal Of 540 Route Ban

A group of Wake County mayors is asking the legislature to repeal a law that bans a possible route for the rest of highway 540. The panel voted Wednesday to put the so-called "Red Route" back on the table after federal regulators said they would cut funding for the project if the state does not allow the DOT to study all possible routes. That proposal has been unpopular among the planning board. It would take 540 through Garner rather than around the south side of the town. Most mayors say they voted to repeal the Red Route ban in order to get the funds back.

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7:55 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Judge Commutes Three Death Row Sentences

Three death row inmates had their sentences commuted yesterday to life in prison.  A Cumberland County judge said race wrongly played a role in the jury selection for their cases.

Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine were on death row for killing five people – three of them law enforcement officers.  Scott Bass is Executive Director of “Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.” He was in court when Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks re-sentenced the three inmates.

Scott Bass:  "You know I can’t say that I’m happy.  There’s nothing to celebrate here."

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

McCrory Announces First Appointments

Governor-elect Pat McCrory announced three appointments earlier today. He has chosen two prominent North Carolinians to serve on his Cabinet. Dr. Aldona Wos will serve as the Secretary of Health and Human services. She is a physician and former ambassador to Estonia who worked on McCrory's gubernatorial campaign. John Skvarla will serve as the Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources. He is the C-E-O of an environmental restoration company based in Raleigh. And McCrory has chosen a former Durham City Council member, Thomas Stith, as his Chief of Staff.

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Politics & Government
10:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Orange, Durham To Start Collecting Transit Tax

Orange County Commissioners have given final approval to levy a half-cent sales tax for transit projects starting this Spring. Commissioners decided this week to collect the tax beginning on April 1. Voters in Orange County approved the tax on a ballot referendum in November. Durham residents did the same last year and will start paying the tax at the same time. Revenue goes toward a $1.4 billion plan from Triangle Transit Authority to expand bus services and build a light rail line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham.

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Politics & Government
4:30 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Judge Stops Anti-Abortion License Plates

A judge has ruled that anti-abortion license plates will not be allowed in North Carolina until there is an option for people with an opposing view.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled that the government cannot allow for speech on just one side of an issue. The General Assembly passed a bill last year allowing license plates that said "Choose Life" to be sold. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a law suit last year. Chris Brook is Legal Director of the ACLU in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Advocates For "Wilmington Ten" Seek Pardons

A group of people who say they were wrongfully convicted of arson more than forty years ago in Wilmington are asking Governor Bev Perdue for an official pardon before she leaves office. The “Wilmington Ten,” as they are known, served prison time for an arson that took place as race riots inflamed the city. The convictions were later overturned by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. But the state of North Carolina has not pardoned the group.

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