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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

General Assembly Reconvenes

The General Assembly convenes today for the short session.
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WUNC reporters Jorge Valencia and Reema Khrais live from the Capitol

The short session of the North Carolina General Assembly begins today. Environmental issues on the table are coal ash disposal and fracking. Meanwhile, teacher pay remains a hot topic. Legislators will discuss Governor McCrory's proposals to update the teacher pay model. They'll also consider a bill that seeks to repeal Common Core.

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Politics & Government
4:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

State Lawmakers About To Begin Short Legislative Session

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State lawmakers will return to Raleigh Thursday for the six-week short session at the General Assembly.

The short session's main purpose is to make adjustments to the state's budget, which operates on a biennial budget cycle.

But in this midterm election year, the General Assembly will be in the national spotlight. Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis is running against Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan. And observers will be watching what he does.

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The State Of Things
11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

General Assembly To Reconvene To Tackle Controversial Issues

NC State Seal
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The short session of the General Assembly convenes tomorrow to address some of the state’s most controversial issues: teacher pay, unemployment and coal ash disposal. All of the issues are framed by the ongoing debate over the state’s budget. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol bureau chief Jessica Jones about the latest in legislative activity.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

State Senate President Lays Out Goals For Short Session

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The head of North Carolina's state Senate, Phil Berger, says he's looking forward to beginning this year's six-week legislative session.

What's known as the short session is intended primarily to make budget adjustments to the state's two-year budget cycle. Berger says that is the main focus of the session, which starts next Wednesday.

"This session we intend to continue the work that we've engaged in over the past three years and we intend to pursue further those policies that have proved successful over the past three years," says Berger.

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Politics & Government
7:38 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Incumbent NC Lawmakers Who Lost Their Seats In The Primary Elections

At least four North Carolina lawmakers were unseated in Tuesday night’s primary elections.

Representative Robert Brawley, a Republican from Mooresville, was defeated by a business owner and political newcomer. Last year, Brawley publicly criticized state House Speaker Thom Tillis and his bid for the GOP nomination for senate.

Brawley was connected to the Tea Party while his opponent John Fraley describes himself as a business conservative.

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Politics & Government
8:39 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Why No One Is Challenging A Third Of NC Lawmakers In This Year's General Elections

Cumberland County, NC
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The May 6 primary election is a week from today, and television air waves are crowded with ads for North Carolina’s US Senate seat. But some campaigns for the state General Assembly aren’t being advertised at all.

That’s because there is no challenger in about a third of the districts represented in the assembly.

In Central North Carolina, Representative John Szoka likes visiting elementary schools in his district.

“Now,” Szoka says, “we have a lot of state symbols, right? What’s the state bird? What’s the state tree?”

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Politics & Government
10:13 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Food Deserts: NC Lawmakers Want More People To Know About Healthful Eating, Take More Action

State lawmakers want to bring better access to fresh foods to areas known as food deserts
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A committee from the North Carolina House of Representatives spent four months looking into how to address food deserts across the state.  Monday afternoon they made their proposals: to expand education about healthy eating and exercising habits across the state and to start a joint committee with members of the senate to continue looking at how to address the problem.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years

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Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they still expect a Medicaid shortfall of between $120- and $140-million this year. They spoke before state lawmakers today in a committee meeting at the General Assembly.

They first predicted a shortfall of this size about three weeks ago, and it's less than budget overruns of previous years. Republican Representative Nelson Dollar of Cary says that's good news.

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Health
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Mother And Disabled Daughter: Fierce Advocates At General Assembly Committee Meetings

Katie Short (far left in purple), mother Mary next to her.
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Every month, state lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee hold meetings to talk about health policy in North Carolina. Legislators sit at the front of the room to discuss their agenda, as staff members, reporters, and lobbyists listen. But in the back of the room, a mother and daughter, Mary and Katie Short, who attend every single meeting keep their eye on things too.

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Environment
5:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

NC’s Mining Commission Is On Track To Usher Fracking Wells By Spring 2015

A hydraulic fracturing site near Shreveport, La.
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The commission that’s been writing North Carolina’s policies on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas rushed on Wednesday to complete a set of rules that are necessary for drilling to start in the state next year.

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