NC General Assembly

Environment
9:37 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change

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A bill passed in the General Assembly last year could ease environmental restrictions on some industries including paper mills and power plants that are sources of air pollution.

If approved by state agencies, the measure would allow those industries to comply only with federal regulations and bypass separate state air toxins rules created in 1989. Environmental and community groups hope to stop the plan from going forward.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McCrory Responds To Lawmakers Who Canceled Vetoes

McCrory said that he'd essentially ignore one law and work around the other.
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State lawmakers have successfully overridden two bills that Governor Pat McCrory vetoed.

One is a measure that would require welfare recipients to be tested for drugs. The other expands an exception designed to allow farmers and other employers to skip a requirement to verify workers' immigration status.

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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
8:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Override Governor's Vetoes

NC General Assembly
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Lawmakers in the state House have voted to override Governor McCrory's vetoes on two bills.

One measure contains a provision designed to give farmers more leeway to check the immigration status of their workers. Democratic Representative Larry Hall says that's something farmers need.

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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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The State of Things
11:03 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Can The Republican Party Maintain Control?

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the state of the North Carolina GOP with his guests.

The North Carolina General Assembly goes back into session Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider Governor Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills. One requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients. The other grants immigration exemptions for some seasonal workers.

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Senator Ellie Kinnaird Says Farewell

Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird
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For 17 years, North Carolina Senator Ellie Kinnaird represented the constituents in Orange and Chatham Counties with passion.

Frank Stasio talks to N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird about her nine terms in office

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Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Nine-Term Senate Democrat Ellie Kinnaird Resigns

Democratic Senator Ellie Kinnaird announced her resignation Monday. She had served nine terms.
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Nine-term Democratic Senator Ellie Kinnaird has announced she's resigning. Representing Orange and Chatham Counties, the 81-year-old Kinnaird served 17 years in the state Senate and was also once mayor of Carrboro. Kinnaird says there's no greater privilege than to make public policy, but she says she was frustrated at not being able to influence legislation. She was one of only 17 Democrats in the 50-member Senate.

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Education
4:34 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Teachers, Universities Will Hurt From Loss Of "Master's Bump"

Teachers will no longer be able to raise their salaries by earning a master's degree.
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The automatic salary bump that comes when teachers earn a master's degree is going away.

Michael Martin is a teacher. His wife is a teacher’s assistant. They love their jobs and work in adjacent rooms in their school in Buncombe County, teaching special needs students and raising three kids of their own. But their life’s work comes with a real-world sacrifice, here in the state that ranks 48th in the country in teacher salaries.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

North Carolina Gets Six New State Symbols

Megalodon tooth with two great white shark teeth.
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Many bills brought before this year’s General Assembly were hotly debated and heavily protested. But one bill that sailed through both chambers without a hitch was HB 830, which designates six new official state symbols. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in June. If you’re a Tar Heel, here are your newest state designations:

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