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President Barack Obama talks about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
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President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. He is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that will do the same for all Americans. 

The NSA is creating a partnership with N.C. State.
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When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening.

Pres. Barack Obama at Forsyth Tech
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President Barack Obama gave a speech at North Carolina State University earlier this week.

He talked about the need to take action this year, and he promised speedier job production in 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks about this and other news items of the past week with Laura Leslie, WRAL’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Jessica Jones, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; and Associate Press Reporter Michael Biesecker.

President Obama speaking at NC State 1/15, 2014
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President Obama was in North Carolina yesterday to announce the creation of a $140 million technology hub at NC State University.

The announcement is part of a larger effort by the White House to foster the kind of high-tech collaboration that will encourage industry and generate jobs.

At NC State’s indoor tennis center, the mood was joyful yesterday. As the school’s pep band played, about two thousand people filed into the space that had been transformed into a mega-church-like venue. When President Obama arrived, the applause was deafening.

NC State's Pep Band warms up the crowd of people waiting to hear President Obama speak today at the University.
Jessica Jones

Updated 2:55 p.m. Big news today - the President announced a new public-private manufacturing institute that will be headquartered in our state. (Full text of his speech below.)

From the announcement:

The new manufacturing innovation institute announced today in North Carolina is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years. 

Alumni Game Dean Smith Roy Williams Michael Jordan
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At a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Obama awarded former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on a class of recipients including civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.  Smith was lauded not just for his many athletic achievements, but also for his impact on the community he calls home.

Vijay Dey at the White House Kids' State Dinner on July 9.
Mei Dey

Twelve-year-old Chapel Hill resident Vijay Dey took a special trip to the White House last week after being selected as one of 54 nationwide winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a program sponsored by food website Epicurious and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. The Challenge asked young chefs to submit a healthy recipe that meets the USDA’s MyPlate standards, meaning half of the dish is comprised of fruits and vegetables. They also were encouraged to submit the story behind the dish.

Dey’s winning recipe was for Spring Rolls, a dish he said was inspired by his grandfather. “My grandpa makes that recipe and I thought it tasted really good,” Dey said. “And it fit with the MyPlate food group categories.”

Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC.
The White House

President Barack Obama used a visit to a North Carolina middle school as an opportunity to promote a new White House effort to expand broadband internet access in schools.

A drone
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Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.  He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now. 

Obama also outlined a new policy that scales back the use of drones to kill suspected national security threats.  What are the laws and policies that President Obama faces? 

McCrory gives weekly GOP address
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Gov. Pat McCrory gave a national audience a glimpse into reforms he wants to implement in North Carolina.  He delivered this past weekend's GOP response to President Obama's weekly address. 

McCrory criticized what he called Washington's "weak leadership" and urged national lawmakers to give more flexibility and accountability to states.  He says he needs that kind of freedom to implement a different approach to Medicaid reform.

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