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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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The State of Things
12:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Common Core Controversy Continues

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WUNC's education reporter Reema Khrais talks about the common core controversy


The Common Core standards, a set of benchmarks for K-12 math and English courses, continue to make headlines. 

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Politics & Government
8:52 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Five Reasons People Gave For Saturday's Moral March On Raleigh [WITH PHOTOS]

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Among the thousands of people who marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building and filled five city blocks in front of it, there was no singular cause for gathering. But written on the signs and banners people carried were a handful issues that seemed to repeat themselves every 20 feet in the crowd.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Sales Tax Jumps For Manufactured Homes

The T-Ranch manufactured home from Royal Homes starts in the low $100s.
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Mobile and modular homes have traditionally been a top choice for lower-income home buyers.  But the New Year has brought higher taxes for these properties.

The sales tax will jump about two-fold for those buying a modular home.   Sonny Bannister is president of Royal Homes in Raleigh.

"We've been aware of the pending increase for about 90 days and we've been warning our customers of the potential of an increase since that time," said Bannister.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Sex Trafficking In North Carolina

Assistant district attorney Lindsey Roberson and Sheila Simpkins, assistant residence manager of Magdalene talk about the sex industry in North Carolina

This segment of The State of Things discusses issues that may be disturbing to some of our younger or more sensitive listeners.  

North Carolina ranks as one of the top 10 states for human commerce in the sex industry. Beginning October 1st, those convicted of trafficking in North Carolina will face harsher punishments under two new laws. 

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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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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

As Moral Monday Goes On The Road, A New Question Surfaces: Can This Movement Last?

N.C. NAACP president Rev. William Barber
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Today is the first Monday in thirteen weeks without an NAACP led Moral Monday rally outside the Capitol in Raleigh. But the protests aren’t over. Rev. William Barber, leader of the North Carolina NAACP, says he’s taking Moral Monday on the road, all throughout the state. The road trip starts today in Asheville.

The coalition that Rev. Barber has built over the last few months is entering a new phase, and will be tested. Can it last? And can it win elections? 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Looking At The State's Regional Legislation As The Session Comes To A Close

The North Carolina State Seal.
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WUNC's Raleigh Bureau Chief Dave DeWitt checks in with an update on recent developments at the North Carolina General Assembly

At the start of this legislative session, the General Assembly was jam-packed with bills to alter ultra-local affairs.

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5:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask

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One of the issues still to be decided by the North Carolina Legislature before it adjourns is whether to approve new rules that Republicans say would make abortion safer.

Democrats say abortions in the state are already very safe, and that the new provisions would lead to clinics closing.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

GOP Doubles Down On Voter ID

The North Carolina Flag
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WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief Dave DeWitt talks about the new amendments to the voter ID law

The North Carolina Senate took an already controversial Voter ID bill and added a host of other restrictions to it this week.

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