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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
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On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Child Welfare And Immigration Enforcement

Sign at the U.S. Border.
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Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 400,000 people. But what happens when those deportees are parents? Children may end up in foster care as parents abroad struggle to regain custody. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Legislature Overrides McCrory's Vetoes

NC Legislative Building.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This week, the General Assembly overrode two of Governor McCrory’s vetoes on high profile measures. One measure requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients and the other loosens restrictions for seasonal workers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC's Capitol bureau chief Jessica Jones about the response to legislature's moves. In other political news, the State Board of Elections ruled yesterday on two controversial decisions by local elections boards. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC’s Raleigh bureau chief Dave DeWitt about the decisions. 

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Lawmakers To Return To Raleigh For Special Session

Lawmakers are convening for a special session this week.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers will be back in session Tuesday to consider overriding Governor McCrory's vetoes of two bills.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Hagan Asks US Attorney General To Examine NC's Voter ID Law

Kay Hagan is urging the US Attorney General to review NC's Voter ID law.
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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says she's asked the nation's Attorney General to look into the state's new Voter ID law.  The North Carolina Democrat says she wanted Eric Holder to examine the legislation signed this month by Republican Governor Pat McCrory.  Hagan says the law enacts restrictions that could suppress voter turnout among minorities, as well as younger and older voters.  Supporters say it's intended to prevent fraud at the polls.  Hagan told WUNC's Frank Stasio those instances barely exist.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, One Year Later

A supporter of the Dream Act petitioned for its passage last August.
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Last summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rolled out a plan to allow undocumented young people who meet certain requirements to receive a temporary legal reprieve. More than 17,000 people in North Carolina have applied for status under the measure, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

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Politics & Government
12:50 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

McCrory Vetoes Two Bills: Welfare Drug Testing & Undocumented Immigrant Restrictions

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Governor Pat McCrory vetoed two bills today.

One (HB 786) known as the "Reclaiming NC Act" would have required undocumented immigrants to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting to obtain driving permits. It also would have allowed police to detain people they suspect of being undocumented for up to 24 hours. It was heavily critiqued by NC's ACLU chapter and others. McCrory said in a statement that he vetoed it due to a loophole that would allow businesses to hire more undocumented workers.

The second bill Gov. McCrory vetoed today (HB 392) would have required drug testing for Work First applicants, a state program that provides financial assistance and job training to needy families.  The ACLU of North Carolina and the N.C. Justice Center had publicly discouraged Gov. McCrory from signing the bill, saying that it would violate the privacy of low-income people.

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Politics & Government
7:22 am
Mon July 8, 2013

N.C. Congressmen Take Sides On Immigration Debate

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Some North Carolina members of the U.S. House are taking sides as their chamber gets ready to take up immigration reform this week.   Many House Republicans on Capitol Hill disagree with the comprehensive reform plan passed by the Senate.


GOP Congressman George Holding of Raleigh says the bill doesn't go far enough to protect the border today.  He also says he doesn't think it will be effective moving forward.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hagan Votes 'Yes', Burr Votes 'No' On Immigration Reform

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan was among the supporters helping to pass an immigration reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of her colleagues.  The Senate voted 68-32 in favor of the bill introduced by the Senate's so-called 'Gang of Eight' as a way to provide a path to citizenship for more than 11 million people who entered the country illegally. 

Hagan says she spoke with many North Carolinians who urged her to support the bill and said it will benefit the nation on several fronts.

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Politics & Government
10:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NCDOT Does A U-Turn, No 'Pink' Licenses

The newly-redesigned driver's license the DMV plans to issue to immigrants in the federal DACA program.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an about face and is abandoning its controversial decision to add a bold pink stripe across the top of new driver licenses for young immigrants.  A news release issued Thursday afternoon by the state DOT confirms that the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses on Monday, March 25, 2013 for immigrants qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  But the attached ‘final’ image of the driver license no longer has the pink stripe or the words ‘No Lawful Status’ printed in large type.

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