Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:53 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Some Moral Mondays Cases Expected To Be Dismissed

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber during one of several Moral Monday protests.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Some Moral Monday protesters' legal cases are expected to be dismissed in Wake County district court.

Lawyer Scott Holmes represents some of the plaintiffs who were arrested on May 20th. Holmes believes the Wake County District Attorney has made the decision to dismiss the charges for everyone arrested on that date. Some cases in that group have already been dismissed. Holmes thinks the D.A. plans to dismiss the rest when those cases are heard on February 18th. He says so far, prosecutors have tried cases based on evidence specifically focused on individuals.

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The State of Things
8:27 am
Thu January 23, 2014

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The NSA?

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When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening.

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Politics & Government
7:42 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Should Firefighters Wear 'Google Glass'?

Rocky Mount firefighter Patrick Jackson
Credit Screenshot from his Google Glass video

A Rocky Mount, NC firefighter is thinking about ways that the latest in new technology  can be applied to firefighting. He talked with CNN:

Patrick Jackson has developed an app for Google Glass, Google's experimental head-mounted computer, which feeds important information directly to the eye-line of firefighters in an emergency.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Struggle For Workers Rights In The 1970s South

Workers Marching in Roanoke Rapids
Credit south.unc.edu

A panel of experts discuss the struggle for workers rights in the 1970s south

    

In the 1970s, the small town of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was dominated by the J.P. Stevens textile mills, which controlled many aspects of its workers' lives. 

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Politics & Government
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor McCrory Lays Out Priorities For Second Year

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference Tuesday to lay out his administration’s priorities in his second year in office. He said he plans to increase teacher pay, though he didn’t say by how much. The governor also said his administration plans to submit recommendations for Medicaid reform to legislators in March. And McCrory emphasized in order to boost the state’s economy over the long term, he’d like to encourage more energy exploration.  

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The State of Things
10:08 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Triad Update

The lunch counter where Greensboro students staged a civil rights sit-in protest on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.
Credit Wikipedia author RadioFan

Triad Update with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii

 Franklin McCain, civil rights activist and one of the Greensboro Four, died this month. 

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Fri January 17, 2014

William Greider Blasts Money In Politics

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William Greider is used to standing up to power.

In the early 1980s, he got Ronald Reagan’s budget director to admit that trickle-down economics was a sham meant to bring the nation’s top tax rate down. He’s in town giving a talk at Duke University about the influence of politics in money. Host Frank Stasio talks to William Greider, correspondent for The Nation.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Barack Obama Promises Jobs During Speech In Raleigh:

Credit Jennifer Rotenizer, Winston-Salem Journal

President Barack Obama gave a speech at North Carolina State University earlier this week.

He talked about the need to take action this year, and he promised speedier job production in 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks about this and other news items of the past week with Laura Leslie, WRAL’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Jessica Jones, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; and Associate Press Reporter Michael Biesecker.

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Politics & Government
11:47 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Rocky Mount To Get Federal Help Spurring Job Creation

Edgecombe Community College is planning a biotechnology center for its Rocky Mount campus to house health care education programs.
Credit Edgecombe Community College

The city of Rocky Mount will get help with projects to stimulate job growth, revitalize blighted neighborhoods, and move grocery stores to areas that don’t have any from a team of federal experts that will work with the city for at least a year.

City administrators will get full-time help from two employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and from a team of outside consultants who are experts in subjects such as economic development, local and federal officials said Thursday.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Doctors File Lawsuit Over NC Tracks

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

A group of physicians has filed a class-action lawsuit against the state and contractors who launched a new computer program designed to reimburse health care providers for serving Medicaid patients.

The suit seeks millions of dollars in damages. The plaintiffs say they haven't been reimbursed properly for serving those patients. As a result, they say their practices have suffered severe financial losses. Camden Webb is their attorney.

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