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4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Listen: The Book Acknowledgments No One Expects

What would an author would write on the "thank you" page of her novel if she was telling the truth? Pittsboro author Ruth Moose wrote the acknowledgments of her debut novel, Doing It At the Dixie Dew, with a candor atypical of many authors.

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Politics & Government
3:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight

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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.

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
2:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

It's Not Your Imagination: Political Moderates Are On The Decline In NC

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Last week voters in North Carolina chose Baptist minister Mark Walker over Phil Berger Jr. in the 6th District Republican primary runoff.  Walker was arguably the more conservative of the two candidates.   A new study in the Journal of Politics finds that political moderates are less likely to run for Congress. The study looked at state legislatures around the country.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Portrait Photographer Defies Social Norms

Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Hugh Mangum’s photographs exhibit at the Durham History Hub

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Republican Sales Tax Proposal Would Keep Wake County From Light Rail Plans, Democrats Say

A Senate committee is recommending a plan to limit the sales tax to 7.25 percent in most of North Carolina.
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A state Senate committee is recommending a plan that would curtail the ability of four of North Carolina's most populous counties, including Wake, to raise their local sales tax.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash

Raleigh is considering changes to the R-line, a free circulator bus system downtown.
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Raleigh has commissioned a private consultant to evaluate the free downtown circulator bus system.

The R-Line was created in 2009 to boost tourism and economic development, and the city pays $1 million per year to keep it running.

But riders of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system say it's unfair that they have to pay fares on the separate system. Most CAT riders live below the poverty line and depend on the system for their commute. Raleigh will raise the $1 fare by $.50 next year.

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Politics & Government
8:31 am
Wed July 23, 2014

'A Consummate Professional': Lawmakers Celebrate Retiring Special Counsel Gerry Cohen

Gerry Cohen, on the right, chats with lawmakers at his farewell party at the General Assembly.
Credit Jorge Valencia / Gerry Cohen

One of the most respected and beloved figures at the General Assembly is about to retire.

Gerry Cohen will soon finish his current job as the special counsel for the state legislature, where he was first hired as a staff attorney back in 1977. Later, he became head of the bill drafting division, where his encyclopedic memory and reputation for fairness made him a favorite among Democrats and Republicans alike.

Gerry Cohen’s office at the state legislature is filled with boxes of mementos and papers dating back several decades.

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Health
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance

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North Carolinians are waiting to hear what happens next after a pair of contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act.

A three judge panel in Washington shot down the law's subsidies for state's where people are enrolled in the federal exchange, not a state-run exchange. This includes North Carolina. A separate panel ruled just the opposite just hours later, saying the subsidies were, in fact, lawful.

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Education
9:45 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core

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  Governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill designed to review and potentially replace the Common Core academic standards.

McCrory referred to the bill as a “Common Core review bill,” despite lawmakers who say that the legislation will work to replace the standards.

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Closed Door Meeting, No Budget Breakthrough

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Governor Pat McCrory met with Senate Republicans Tuesday to try to narrow their differences over budget adjustments meant to be in place three weeks ago. McCrory's office and a top budget negotiator confirmed the 90-minute visit.

But, Senator Harry Brown says McCrory and senators did not have a breakthrough in the closed-door gathering. The Jacksonville Republican says the governor and lawmakers proposed potential compromises to end the delays preventing the budget's completion.

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