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5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Lawmakers Offer Three Competing Tax Reform Plans

State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have formally laid out three competing plans to reform North Carolina's tax code.

They've filed three bills that would all lower sales and income tax rates. The measures would all expand the sales tax base by broadening it to include more services. But each plan features different details.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'Homeland' TV Series Filming In Raleigh Next Week

The TV series Homeland will film in Downtown Raleigh June 3-4.
Credit Homeland

The critically-acclaimed TV series “Homeland” heads to Downtown Raleigh June 3-4 to film scenes for season three. The Showtime series normally shoots in and around Charlotte. Earlier this week, the show filmed a scene in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. (The News & Observer created a slideshow of the newsroom filming.)

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Bull City Summer Project Keep Kicking

Durham Bulls Stadium
Credit Joenad / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DBAP.jpg

Writer Adam Sobsey and videographer Ivan Weiss describe their work on Sam Stephenson's new documentary, Bull City Summer

The brainchild of documentarian Sam Stephenson continues as the Durham Bulls season goes on. He and a group of artists, writers and others are trying to document all 72 home games of the Durham Bulls.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

What Is The Muslim Experience In North Carolina?

The Kaaba,also known as the Sacred House is a cuboid building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Credit Turki Al-Fassam / flickr

A panel share their thoughts on the Muslim experience in North Carolina

About 26,000 Muslims live in North Carolina, a 30 percent increase during the past 10 years. At the same time, the post 9/11 fear of Islamic terrorism continues to dominate people's views of the Muslim religion and people in their community.

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The Story
10:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Maxed Out on Everest

Mt. Everest
Credit Mark Jenkins for Natioal Geographic.

Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers.

Also: In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.

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Education
7:22 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Tablet Training Underway In Guilford County

Jake Henry is overseeing the table program in Guilford County.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Thirteen thousand students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin school this fall. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars. Now one of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway. 

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Thu May 30, 2013

House Passes Bill Giving Dix Lease Another Year

Dorothea Dix campus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers in the State House have passed a compromise measure that would give state and Raleigh city officials more time to work out a lease to create a destination park.

The bill would give officials a year to work out a different lease agreement for the city's Dorothea Dix property. It would dissolve the current lease signed by then-Democratic governor Beverly Perdue and Raleigh city officials.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Representative Deborah Ross Is Stepping Down

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross
Credit NC Legislature

A longtime state legislator is resigning from her post after a decade of public service.

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross announced earlier this month that she was taking a job as the general counsel of the Triangle Transit Authority. Her last official day at the legislature is Saturday.

Ross told House lawmakers that she will miss both her Democratic and Republican friends.

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Politics & Government
5:04 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Roanoke Island Festival Park Faces Uncertain Future

The Elizabeth II historical ship is a main attraction at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

The history-themed Roanoke Island Festival Park on the Outer Banks may have an uncertain future. Two years ago, lawmakers passed a bill that stipulated the park be self-supporting by 2015. The bill called for systematic reductions in state funding to the site over the next 4 years. That gradual implementation was overlooked in the budget proposal Governor Pat McCrory submitted this year - and instead slashed all funding. So far this session, the general assembly shows no signs of reinstating it.

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Business & Economy
4:14 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Smithfield Foods Goes 'Hog Wild' Over Shuanghui Merger

A hog farm.
Credit Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

Leoneda Inge reports on the merger agreement between Smithfield Foods and China-based Shuanghui International.

The multi-billion dollar merger announcement between Smithfield Foods and China-based Shuanghui International caught many people by surprise.  Smithfield owns the largest hog processing plant in the world, in Tar Heel.  And thousands of hog farmers and factory workers in North Carolina are employed by the company.

If the deal clears regulatory hurdles, it could be the biggest takeover of a US company by a Chinese company.

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