North Carolina

The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Little Oversight, Huge Disparities In Public Officials’ Pay

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A News & Observer investigation has revealed a huge disparity in pay among local and state officials in North Carolina.

Some officials make equal pay for less responsibility than their peers. Meanwhile, these same officials get bonuses, raises and other perks while other workers struggle in a tough economy. Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane about his series.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Allan Gurganus Brings His Fictional Town Into The 21st Century

Local Souls is the most recent novel by Author Allan Garganus


For more than 25 years, author Allan Gurganus has written about the mystical town of Falls, North Carolina.

In his newest book, "Local Souls," the town undergoes its most modern transformation (Liveright, 2013). Gurganus returns to Falls with three different novellas that explore love, community, and family. Host Frank Stasio talks with Allan Gurganus about "Local Souls."

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor Vetoes And Signs Controversial Laws

Governor Pat McCrory
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The General Assembly recently finished up their lawmaking session, passing a variety of legislation, some of which has stirred quite a bit of controversy locally and nationally. All that’s left now is for Governor Pat McCrory to sign those laws of which he approves and veto those he’s against. He’s done both this week.

He signed into law a controversial Voter ID law that forces voters to show ID at the polling place, as well as shortens the hours of early voting and eliminates straight-ticket voting.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Exploring The Life, Legacy And Unfinished Work Of Julius L. Chambers

Julius Chambers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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In 1948, William Chambers, a black maintenance worker in Montgomery County, NC was denied payment for a job by a white customer. William Chambers spent many afternoons searching for an attorney to represent him, but all the white lawyers he asked refused. William told this story to his son, Julius Chambers, who then vowed to become a lawyer and fight for justice.

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

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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
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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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The State of Things
11:27 am
Fri June 7, 2013

House Gets Ready To Vote On Tax Reform

North Carolina Legislature
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A panel of experts join Host Frank Stasio to discuss news from the NC General Assembly

A sweeping reform of the tax code in North Carolina is poised to move to the Senate. The plan would reduce personal and corporate income tax while expanding the reach of sales tax.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

What Is The Muslim Experience In North Carolina?

The Kaaba,also known as the Sacred House is a cuboid building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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A panel share their thoughts on the Muslim experience in North Carolina

About 26,000 Muslims live in North Carolina, a 30 percent increase during the past 10 years. At the same time, the post 9/11 fear of Islamic terrorism continues to dominate people's views of the Muslim religion and people in their community.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Klan's Rise To Prominence In 1960s North Carolina

Klansville, U.S.A. The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan by David Cunningham
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The Klan in 1960's NC

North Carolina is widely considered one of the more progressive southern states. Acts of violence during the Civil Rights Era were rare, and the state was one of the few south of the Mason-Dixon line that went for President Barack Obama in 2008.

But during the Civil Rights Era, North Carolina had more members of the Ku Klux Klan than all other southern states combined.

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