NC Legislature http://wunc.org en General Assembly Reconvenes http://wunc.org/post/general-assembly-reconvenes <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">The short session of the</span><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;"> North Carolina General Assembly </a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">begins today. Environmental issues on the table are coal ash disposal and </span>fracking<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">. Meanwhile, teacher pay remains a hot topic. Legislators will discuss Governor </span>McCrory's<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;"> proposals to update the teacher pay model. They'll also consider a bill that seeks to repeal Common Core.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:20:37 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35479 at http://wunc.org General Assembly Reconvenes Common Core Controversy Continues http://wunc.org/post/common-core-controversy-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The Common Core standards, a set of benchmarks for K-12 math and English courses, continue to make headlines.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:51:22 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 34706 at http://wunc.org Common Core Controversy Continues Five Reasons People Gave For Saturday's Moral March On Raleigh [WITH PHOTOS] http://wunc.org/post/five-reasons-people-gave-saturdays-moral-march-raleigh-photos <p>Among the thousands of people who marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building and filled five city blocks in front of it, there was no singular cause for gathering. But written on the signs and banners people carried were a handful issues that seemed to repeat themselves every 20 feet in the crowd.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:52:53 +0000 Jorge Valencia 30285 at http://wunc.org Five Reasons People Gave For Saturday's Moral March On Raleigh [WITH PHOTOS] Sales Tax Jumps For Manufactured Homes http://wunc.org/post/sales-tax-jumps-manufactured-homes <p>Mobile and modular homes have traditionally been a top choice for lower-income home buyers.&nbsp; But the New Year has brought higher taxes for these properties.</p><p>The sales tax will jump about two-fold for those buying a modular home.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sonny Bannister is president of Royal Homes in Raleigh.</p><p>"We've been aware of the pending increase for about 90 days and we've been warning our customers of the potential of an increase since that time," said Bannister.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:22:34 +0000 Leoneda Inge 28252 at http://wunc.org Sales Tax Jumps For Manufactured Homes Sex Trafficking In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/sex-trafficking-north-carolina <p><em>This segment of The State of Things discusses issues that may be disturbing to some of our younger or more sensitive listeners. &nbsp;</em></p><p>North Carolina ranks as one of the top 10 states for human commerce in the sex industry. Beginning October 1<sup>st</sup>, those convicted of trafficking in North Carolina will face harsher punishments under two new laws.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:58:53 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 22783 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Gets Six New State Symbols http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-gets-six-new-state-symbols <p>Many bills brought before this year’s General Assembly were hotly debated and heavily protested. But one bill that sailed through both chambers without a hitch was<a href="http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H830v4.pdf"> HB 830,</a> which designates six new official state symbols. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in June. If you’re a Tar Heel, here are your newest state designations:</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Laura Candler 20494 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Gets Six New State Symbols As Moral Monday Goes On The Road, A New Question Surfaces: Can This Movement Last? http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-goes-road-new-question-surfaces-can-movement-last <p></p><div id="divRpF145081"><p></p>Today is the first Monday in thirteen weeks without an NAACP led Moral Monday rally outside the Capitol in Raleigh. But the protests aren’t over. Rev. William Barber, leader of the <a href="http://www.naacpnc.org/">North Carolina NAACP,</a> says he’s taking Moral Monday on the road, all throughout the state. The road trip starts today in Asheville.<br><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:21:00 +0000 Sam Sanders 20161 at http://wunc.org As Moral Monday Goes On The Road, A New Question Surfaces: Can This Movement Last? Looking At The State's Regional Legislation As The Session Comes To A Close http://wunc.org/post/looking-states-regional-legislation-session-comes-close <p></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">At the start of this legislative session, the General Assembly was jam-packed with bills to alter ultra-local affairs. </span> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:07:54 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 19596 at http://wunc.org Looking At The State's Regional Legislation As The Session Comes To A Close Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask http://wunc.org/post/just-how-safe-abortion-north-carolina-it-depends-who-you-ask <p>One of the issues still to be decided by the North Carolina Legislature before it adjourns is whether to approve new rules that Republicans say would make abortion safer.</p><p>Democrats say abortions in the state are already very safe, and that the new provisions would lead to clinics closing.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Sanders 19576 at http://wunc.org Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask GOP Doubles Down On Voter ID http://wunc.org/post/gop-doubles-down-voter-id <p>The North Carolina Senate took an already controversial Voter ID bill and added a host of other restrictions to it this week. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:39:07 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 19535 at http://wunc.org GOP Doubles Down On Voter ID