Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Basnight Has Lou Gehrig's Disease

Former Senate leader Marc Basnight has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jessica Jones: 64-year-old Marc Basnight stepped down after 26 years of service as a state senator last January, citing health reasons. At the time he said doctors hadn't figured out why he was having speech and balance problems. Basnight acknowledged the diagnosis in an interview with the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Manteo mayor Jamie Daniels says it's heartbreaking to know the former Democratic Senate leader has the neuromuscular disease.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Study Shows Decline in "Homegrown" Terrorism

It was feared there would be a dramatic rise in home-grown terrorism in the United States post 9-11.   But a North Carolina-based report shows that didn’t happen. 

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Redistricting Lawsuit Proceeds

A three-judge panel is allowing two lawsuits against the Republican-drawn redistricting maps to go forward.

Politics & Government
6:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Bowles, Shuler, Hackney Not Running

The former president of the UNC system, Erskine Bowles, says he will not run for governor. Meanwhile, Democratic Representative Heath Shuler and state House Representative Joe Hackney will not seek another term in office.

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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Legislators Discuss Repealing Estate Tax

Republican leaders in the state legislature are considering measures that could end the estate tax for North Carolinians. The Revenue Laws Study Committee met today to discuss taxes in the state. The committee plans to hold a full discussion on repealing the estate tax at its next meeting. Republican Senator Robert Rucho is a co-chair of the committee.

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Politics & Government
4:30 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Forum to Address NC Farming Economy

North Carolina's farm economy is one of the biggest industries in the state. That's one of the reasons for a forum today on trends that affect the agriculture economy. State officials say farm safety, exports and drought will be some of the topics. Brian Long is with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He says there's another problem that doesn't get as much attention.

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Politics & Government
5:35 am
Wed February 1, 2012

McCrory Announces Campaign

Pat McCrory kicks off his campaign.
Jeff Tiberii

Republican Pat McCrory is in his first full day on the campaign trail for Governor.

Jeff Tiberii: On Tuesday night in a Greensboro suburb just blocks from where he grew up McCrory made the symbolic first step of his Gubernatorial bid:

Pat McCrory: Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to return back home to officially announce that I will run for Governor because we’re going to fix this broken government and we’re going to fix this broken economy here in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
9:25 am
Mon January 30, 2012

New Rules Coming for Truckers

There are new regulations coming for the state's truckers and other commercial drivers. The federal government is setting up a database to be used by the Division of Motor Vehicles in all states. Marge Howell works for North Carolina's DMV.

Marge Howell: Most of our commercial drivers will have to certify the type of driving they do, whether its intrastate or interstate, and they will also be required to provide their DMV with current medical certification information.

Politics & Government
4:05 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Racial Justice Act Hearing Begins Today

The state's first Racial Justice Act hearing will get underway today in Cumberland County.

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

A Mother Who Has Lost Two Sons

Later today, a Superior Court judge in Fayetteville will preside over a hearing that will ultimately decide whether to let a death row inmate live. Marcus Robinson is the first prisoner on death row to appeal his sentence under the Racial Justice Act, passed in 2009. If the judge finds racial bias played a role in Robinson’s conviction or sentencing, his sentence could be commuted to life in prison. Robinson’s mother, Shirley Burns, plans to attend the hearing.

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