Politics & Government http://wunc.org en Meet Perry Deane Young http://wunc.org/post/meet-perry-deane-young-0 <p></p><p><em>Note: This is a <a href="http://wunc.org/post/meet-perry-deane-young">rebroadcast of a show</a> from Monday, February 3, 2014.</em></p><p>Journalist and writer Perry Deane Young has covered some of the biggest stories in recent decades. From the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War and from the Moral Majority to Moral Mondays, Young witnessed and documented key moments in American history. Host Frank Stasio talks with the North Carolina native about his life, his experiences and his writing.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 39613 at http://wunc.org Meet Perry Deane Young Durham County Library Has An $87,000 Book Sorter http://wunc.org/post/durham-county-library-has-87000-book-sorter <p>A friend of mine sent me this note recently: "Apparently the Southwest branch of the Durham public library has an insane automatic book sorter worth 180K."</p><p>I checked into it and I can report that it did not cost $180,000, nor is it insane. It's actually pretty cool.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:44 +0000 Carol Jackson 39620 at http://wunc.org Durham County Library Has An $87,000 Book Sorter House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework http://wunc.org/post/house-and-senate-leaders-agree-basic-budget-framework <p></p><p>Leaders of the state House and Senate have agreed on a framework for a budget for the fiscal year that has already started. They're expected to spell out the details this week.<br /><br />Late Saturday afternoon, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger both tweeted that their chambers had agreed upon a budget framework. They said they'd release more details this week.</p><p></p><p>The spending plan is expected to include teacher raises of about 7 percent and save teacher assistants' jobs.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 39710 at http://wunc.org House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework Discrimination Of LGBT Students Not Specifically Prohibited In Proposed Law http://wunc.org/post/discrimination-lgbt-students-not-specifically-prohibited-proposed-law <p>The state House of Representatives has sent Gov. Pat McCrory a bill updating laws on charter schools.&nbsp; This comes over the objections of Democrats who asked that LGBT students be specifically protected from discrimination.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 39642 at http://wunc.org Discrimination Of LGBT Students Not Specifically Prohibited In Proposed Law Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget http://wunc.org/post/governor-mccrory-says-he-could-veto-state-budget <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory says he will consider vetoing a budget bill if he doesn't like what House and Senate budget negotiators come up with. The governor gave a brief interview just outside the Old Capitol earlier this afternoon.</p><p>Leaders in both houses still don't agree on some final key issues, which include how big teacher raises should be and how many teacher assistants to keep in classrooms. Governor McCrory said he met with the House caucus earlier today to spell out his priorities.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:09:18 +0000 Jessica Jones 39625 at http://wunc.org Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget Political Junkie Ken Rudin http://wunc.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-4 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px; line-height: normal;">The race for North Carolina’s Senate seat takes new twists and turns. Incumbent Kay Hagan seeks to balance the interests of the state Democratic Party members while challenger Thom Tillis tries to broker a budget deal in the North Carolina legislature. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:12 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 39611 at http://wunc.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-budget-stalemate-were-making-headway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with lawmakers. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 39578 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill http://wunc.org/post/senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul-bill <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:28:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39577 at http://wunc.org Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.5 percent http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-tentatively-approves-bill-would-limit-wake-county-cap-sales-tax-75-percent <p>North Carolina's sales tax would be capped at 7.25 percent in most of the state under a plan tentatively approved by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:31:17 +0000 Jorge Valencia 39512 at http://wunc.org NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.5 percent State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-plod-along-without-budget-sight <p>Senate lawmakers considered a number of items today, while many House lawmakers took the time to pay homage to the late Republican Representative Jim Fulghum.<br /><br />There's still no official word on whether budget writers might be close to an agreement on a spending plan for this fiscal year. So in the meantime, lawmakers are publicly pursuing other measures.</p><p>In the morning, a Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that would restore Fayetteville's red-light cameras, but the committee shelved another that would have allowed license-plate scanners on highways.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39496 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight