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The State of Things
11:22 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Sunshine Week Inspires Dialogue About Open Government

Sunshine Week encourages conversation about open government.
Credit sunshineweek.org

An expert panel discuss the state of public records law in North Carolina

This week is Sunshine Week, a time when newsmakers and advocates push for increased transparency in government. North Carolina public records law gives citizens and journalists equal access to information and mandates that all requests be responded to "as promptly as possible."

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Do You Live In North Or South Carolina? Some Aren't Sure

Longleaf Pines in North Carolina
Credit USFWS/Jack Culpepper

Imagine that you've lived in North Carolina, near the South Carolina line, for generations. Maybe your grandfather worked the land, your father too, and now you. And one day, a state official comes to your door tell you that you actually live in South Carolina. You'll need to change your driver's license. Rather than Governor Pat McCrory, you will now be paying attention to what Governor Nikki Haley is proposing. You've become a Sandlapper, not a Tar Heel.

That's exactly what is happening now.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy

Karl Eikenberry
Credit stanford.edu

From 2009 to 2011, Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked to stabilize the country and build a stronger foundation for democracy.

The challenge is great as many question the intervention of American troops. Eikenberry, a Goldsboro, NC native, believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning

Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.

The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran. 

“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.

A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.

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