NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State's Proposal To Overhaul Medicaid Has Advocates Hopeful

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Members of the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services committee are scheduled to meet today in Raleigh. One of the biggest tasks the committee faces is reforming Medicaid- the program that provides health care for people in poverty.

Earlier this year, state officials seemed to be advocating for a move to managed care. But a new proposal recently put forth by state health officials would build on the state’s current system of treating Medicaid patients.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawmakers Study Affordable Care Act, First Speaker Is A Critic

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Some state lawmakers met today to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act may affect North Carolina.

Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger- both Republicans- created the Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues back in January. Its purpose is to discuss the impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Today marked the first meeting of the committee.

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Health
4:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Proposal In The Works To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil

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A state lawmaker says she plans to introduce a bill to legalize a marijuana oil that could help treat childhood seizures.

Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret) says she's in the process of drafting the proposal.  It would allow physicians to get an oil that contains a substance called cannabidiol (CBD), which is extracted from marijuana.  Researchers say the substance, which is not psychoactive, could help children with Dravet Syndrome.  The disorder can cause several seizures a day in young children. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Democrats Want Coal Ash Removed

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A group of elected Democrats will detail their plans for the clean-up of coal ash Thursday afternoon in Raleigh. Democrat Pricey Harrison of Guilford County has introduced legislation a half dozen times to require the clean up of the potentially toxic coal ash at 14 Duke Energy-owned sites around the state. Her efforts have never advanced through the legislature.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Remembering Senator Martin Nesbitt

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State Senator Martin Nesbitt will be laid to rest today near his hometown of Asheville.  The Democratic leader of the Senate died last week of stomach cancer after more than three decades in the legislature. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones and WCQS news director David Hurrand joined Eric Hodge to talk about Sen. Nesbitt's legacy.

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Politics & Government
10:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Senator Martin Nesbitt Dies at 67

State Sen. Martin Nesbitt died Thursday of stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.
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North Carolina state senator Martin Nesbitt died Thursday of stomach cancer just days after stepping down as the Senate's minority leader.  He was 67 years old. Nesbitt was first appointed to the state House in 1979 to finish the term for his mother, Mary Nesbitt, after her passing.  He rose to appropriations chairman and top budget writer in the 1990’s and began serving in the Senate in 2004. Nesbitt's peers elected him Senate Majority Leader in 2009.  After the Republican takeover in 2010, he was elected Minority Leader. 

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Thousands To March Downtown Raleigh In Opposition Of New North Carolina Laws

Protesters have crowded the capitol for past Moral Mondays protests.
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Thousands of people are expected to march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, some coming in buses from other states, to call on North Carolina legislators to reverse laws they’ve signed over the last year including requiring voters to show IDs in polling stations, reducing unemployment benefits and blocking Medicaid expansion.

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Politics & Government
5:53 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Some Moral Mondays Cases Expected To Be Dismissed

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber during one of several Moral Monday protests.
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Some Moral Monday protesters' legal cases are expected to be dismissed in Wake County district court.

Lawyer Scott Holmes represents some of the plaintiffs who were arrested on May 20th. Holmes believes the Wake County District Attorney has made the decision to dismiss the charges for everyone arrested on that date. Some cases in that group have already been dismissed. Holmes thinks the D.A. plans to dismiss the rest when those cases are heard on February 18th. He says so far, prosecutors have tried cases based on evidence specifically focused on individuals.

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Politics & Government
7:44 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Could North Carolinians Receive Extended Unemployment Benefits?

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It's not clear whether Governor Pat McCrory would make extended unemployment benefits available to North Carolinians if Congress passes a law that would revive them nationwide. Governor McCrory would have final say on whether to accept those benefits.

A bill being debated in the U.S. Senate would give a three-month extension to those who've been unemployed for months. At a state legislative meeting, Democratic Representative Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk said he knows many of his constituents need help.

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Employees See First Signs Of Changes To Tax Code

The state Department of Revenue has NC-4 forms available for downloading on its website.
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This month, most employees across North Carolina have been asked by their bosses to fill out forms that will dictate how much money the state withholds from every paycheck. Called NC-4 forms, they're the first real sign for many people that the state's tax code is set to change.

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