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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lawmakers Outline Details Of Tax Reform Plan

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state Senate have unveiled more details of their proposal to overhaul the state's tax code, though they haven't filed a bill yet. They propose lowering income tax rates significantly over the next three years. They also seek to lower the combined local and state sales tax to 6.5 percent.

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The State of Things
10:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy

The Seal of the State of North Carolina
Credit North Carolina Government / North Carolina

A variety of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections are making their way through the General Assembly. One would limit environmental regulations while another would repeal a six-year-old renewable energy policy. Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is changing its mission statement to reflect an emphasis on customer service, a move some call anti-science.

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Military
9:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Triangle Non-Profit Donates 3,000 Filled Shoeboxes To Military Spouses

The Triangle-based non-profit Support Military Spouses is honoring the “other halves” of active duty soldiers with shoe boxes of appreciation  in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Three thousand shoe boxes will be filled with donated items that include watches, stationery, bibles, jewelry and lotion. Organization co-founder Diane Rumley says for this campaign, they've also included a guide to "Worry Free Living" that has tips on saving money and finding jobs.

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The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Why Professional Wrestling Has Such Great Music

A Still From Barbecue Man Unleashed
Credit http://vimeo.com/60915697 / vimeo.com

Classical music in wrestling

Paul Swartzel has always been a fan of professional wrestling. It all goes back to North Carolina’s own Nature Boy Ric Flair and his delightful entrance music: “Thus Spake Zarathustra.”

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Approve Relaxing Gun Laws

Credit Jessica Jones

State house lawmakers have given tentative approval to a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses, at sporting events and in businesses serving alcohol, among other places.

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Business & Economy
7:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill

Red Drum caught near Brant Island Shoals in the Pamlico Sound, NC
Credit Flickr user, creative commons

A controversial House bill that would cut off commercial catching of certain types of fish was the subject of public debate Monday.   Lawmakers would reclassify red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as game fish - only caught by recreational fishermen - if House Bill 983 becomes law.

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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Business & Economy
4:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Duke Energy Assesses 1700-Acre Chatham Co. Tract For Business Potential

An aerial view of the site.
Credit Duke Energy

A large parcel of undeveloped land near Siler City has been chosen by Duke Energy to take part in the utility's Site Readiness Program. The utility selected a total of 17 sites in the Carolinas, ten of which are in North Carolina. Duke Energy's Jeff Brooks says the 1700-acre Chatham County tract will be assessed for its potential to lure large industry and manufacturing to the area and calls it a "win-win" for everyone.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: The Hartman Center Tackles Episode 6

The Hartman Center at Duke's Rubenstein Library releases another Mad Men Mondays post.
John W. Hartman Center, Duke University Rubenstein Library

Starting today, WUNC will begin publishing the latest "Mad Men Monday" column written by the Hartman Center. A part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library, the Hartman Center studies advertising history, and each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column, written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center (originally posted here):

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The Story
11:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

High School Valedictorian Gets Reprieve From Deportation, Lobbies ‘Gang of 8’ For Reform

Daniela Pelaez met with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson
Credit State Impact Florida

Late this March, Daniela Pelaez, 19, traveled from her college in New Hampshire to Washington D.C. to sit down with senators and representatives and remind them of something she’s become known for: she’s in the country illegally, there are millions like her, and they want to ask for help.

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