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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue July 23, 2013

73 Arrested In 12th Moral Monday Demonstration

Protesters gather for a Moral Mondays protest at the capitol.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Another demonstration on Halifax Mall led to 73 arrests Monday night. It was the 12th Moral Monday event protesting the Republican-led General Assembly. 

This demonstration centered on what protestors called undue cuts to education and a bill that would change voting requirements.  Protesters said they don't like the provision in the voter ID bill that would cut back on early voting.

"That’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous," said Antoinette Joyner of Winston-Salem.

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Politics & Government
7:09 am
Mon July 22, 2013

GOP Leaders Agree On $20.6 Billion State Budget

Credit W Edward Callis III

RALEIGH, N.C. - Leaders in the North Carolina House and Senate announced Sunday that they have reached agreement on a $20.6 billion budget that will end teacher tenure and allow taxpayer money to be spent for private school tuition.

Highlights of the budget negotiated by the Republican majority were issued in a news release. The actual appropriations bill was released to the public late Sunday night.

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Tax Reform, Budget March Through General Assembly

North Carolina Legislature passes a tax reform bill.
Credit W Edward Callis III

Experts discuss the newly passed North Carolina Tax bill reform

This week the General Assembly passed a tax reform bill that sets the stage for the state’s budget. The bill, while sweeping, wasn’t as broad as GOP lawmakers originally wanted. A budget agreement is expected to be reached today with details emerging over the weekend.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Tax Reform

North Carolina legislative building
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Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones about tax reform.

The North Carolina General Assembly finally pushed through its tax reform bill, though it’s not nearly as bold as originally proposed. Both personal and corporate income taxes will go down.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

North Carolina In National Spotlight

North Carolina legislative building
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A panel of experts share views and insight on the General Assembly and Moral Mondays

The happenings at the North Carolina General Assembly have put the state solidly in the national focus. Major network news stations, as well as the New York Times editorial board, have begun to point a finger at the state.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Love Army Fights NC General Assembly With Music

The North Carolina Music Love Army Logo.
Credit Skillet Gilmore

Two weeks ago, the North Carolina Music Love Army did not exist. It was just an idea.

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Health
5:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Vows To Reopen, Says New Regulations Unnecessary

The Baker Clinic For Women had its license revoked by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Credit Baker Clinic For Women

A Durham clinic that performs abortions was closed last Friday, after an inspection by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But the owner of that clinic says it will reopen.

In a notice of administrative action delivered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Baker Clinic was cited because it "failed to ensure quality control was performed in blood banking" and "failed to perform quality control testing on one hundred-eight patients that received Rh(D) [blood type] testing."

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

How Will The New Abortion Bill Move Through The Legislature?

Members of the Senate debate the abortion bill.
Credit screenshot, WRAL live coverage

WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones updates us on the recent amendments to House Bill 695

House Bill 695 was originally designed to ban Sharia Law in North Carolina. But last week, the bill was amended to include new restrictions on abortions in the state. Families across North Carolina came out to protest against the bill when it was discussed in the senate; however, the bill was passed 29-12.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

North Carolina First State To Eliminate Federal Unemployment Benefits

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Frank Stasio & his guests discuss the elimination of unemployment benefits in NC.

The North Carolina General Assembly recently decided to implement cuts to unemployment benefits as well as the maximum number of weeks one can receive unemployment funds. But altering unemployment benefits before the end of 2013 means North Carolina has been disqualified from receiving federal unemployment funding.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Senate Tax Reform Takes A Turn

The North Carolina Legislative Building
Credit Dave Crosby / flickr

Panel discussion on Senate tax reform

Rucho resigned his co-chairmanship of the finance committee in protest of Berger's plan, which passed the Senate Thursday.

Regardless of what ultimately passes, Jessica Jones, WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief, said on the State of Things that the implications could be far reaching.

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