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6:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway'

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 Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.

He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue with lawmakers. McCrory says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.

“I did present both the Senate and House caucuses, I think, breakthrough plans on how to work out our differences,” he said.

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three

Bob Mould
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Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music. There's a series of concerts both in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle and in Durham at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Eric Hodge checked in with three artists on the Merge label to find out what they're up to.

Bob Mould

Known for: A dark cloud of words steeped in a sunshine of melody.

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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill

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Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively approved a bill that would overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid system. The measure would create an independent agency to oversee the state's health care system for low-income residents. The bill would also contract out Medicaid to managed care and provider-led organizations. They would receive a set amount of money per patient to provide care. Republican Senator Ralph Hise is a sponsor of the bill. He says it's necessary to help control ballooning Medicaid costs.

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Law
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Suspects In Mugging Death Of UNC Chapel Hill Professor Charged With Murder

Feng Liu was a professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC
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Update 7/25/14 3:30 p.m.:

The Chapel Hill Police Department has charged the two suspects, Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr., with First Degree Murder in the death of UNC Professor Feng Liu.  The two are being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

Original story:

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dinner Party During Lunch Hour

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party
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  Public radio gives you news, politics and entertainment. But what about advice that will make you the star of your next social gathering?

The podcast-turned-show Dinner Party Download gives listeners the arts and culture information, music lists and etiquette advice to ensure dinner party success. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dinner Party Download hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam about the evolution of the show and they offer etiquette advice to listeners.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
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A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer

    

Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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Science & Technology
8:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia

A DNA rendering
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An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.

A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Common Core: Is It ‘Developmentally Inappropriate’?

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Since the beginning of this year, many legislators and critics have dubbed Common Core "developmentally inappropriate."

They argue that the new Math and English standards should be repealed because they are not suitable for some students.

"I know there is some age and grade inappropriateness,” said Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman at a legislative meeting earlier this year. “I’ve talked with teachers.”

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Politics & Government
9:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.5 percent

The North Carolina senate has tentatively approved a plan to limit the sales tax to 7.25 percent in most of the state.
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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.

The proposal would make it easier for most counties to raise sales taxes to the limit. It would also pull back the ability some counties currently have to implement raises above that limit.

The purpose is to even out sales taxes and create fairness between populous and not-so populous areas, bill supporters say.  

Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), says many people in rural places don't spend their money there.

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Education
6:28 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers

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  The Houston Independent School District is looking to recruit more teachers from North Carolina.

Recruiters first visited in May, where they made 12 on-the-spot offers and later hired about 8 more teachers, according to Shaleah Reed, a spokesperson from HISD.

The district is offering $49,100 as a starting salary. North Carolina’s starting salary is among the lowest in the nation at $30,800.

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