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State lawmakers convened in Raleigh today for the official first day of the 2013 legislative session. In the Senate, lawmakers re-elected Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger for another two years. In the House, Speaker Thom Tillis- also a Republican- will also serve for two more years. He told lawmakers he's looking forward to this session.

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is buying 42 massive stained glass windows for a future cathedral. The church plans to build the Holy Name of Jesus cathedral on 35 acres of land on Western Boulevard. Crews are removing the 85-year-old windows from a church in Philadelphia that closed down in October. Raleigh Diocese Bishop Michael Burbidge grew up in Philadelphia and became interested in the windows when he heard the church was closing. Monsignor David Brockman says the windows show major events in the life of Jesus.

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Dec 19, 2012

Today, the News and Observer of Raleigh is putting in place an online paywall — a subscription fee for people who want to read more than 15 articles a month on the paper's website. Host Frank Stasio talks about the changes and the evolving economies of the newspaper business with N&O publisher Orage Quarles, III.

Two Kroger food stores are set to close next month in southeast Raleigh, leaving some residents worried about where they will buy groceries. The company plans to shut down locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and New Bern Ave. next month. Kroger tells the property owner it's not making money at those stores. But the federal government already considers the area a food desert, meaning residents have limited access to fresh food. City Council member Eugene Weeks represents southeast Raleigh.

The City of Raleigh will be one of the first US cities to try out new wireless technology for electric vehicles.   

Just like everything else – even electric vehicle charging stations are going wireless. 

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Raleigh is on its way to having a destination park like New York's Central Park and Chicago's Millenium Park. The Council of State voted earlier today six-to-2 to approve leasing the state-owned Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh for 75 years. The City will pay 5 hundred thousand dollars a year, with a 1-point-5 percent annual increase.

Some Republican legislative leaders have criticized the deal, most notably Senate President Phil Berger. He says he's considering legal action to terminate the lease. But Governor Bev Perdue says Berger and other opponents are misguided.

On Tuesday, North Carolina’s Council of State is expected to decide whether to lease a huge tract of land to the City of Raleigh to create a park. The more than 300 acre site is home to what used to be the state’s Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital, which is now closed. Many civic and business leaders support the idea of creating a downtown park in Raleigh. But lawmakers have spoken out against it, saying Governor Perdue is moving too quickly with the project.

Dorothea Dix Hospital
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On Tuesday, the North Carolina Council of State is expected to vote on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus. The 300-acre former mental hospital is prime real estate. Gov. Bev Perdue appears on the verge of making a deal to sell or offer a long-term lease to the city of Raleigh for a "destination park." But not everyone is excited about that prospect, including the Governor-Elect Pat McCrory. WUNC Reporter Jessica Jones joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the deal and its prospects.

Eric Hodge: Former President Bill Clinton visited Raleigh on Sunday. He was here to campaign for Barack Obama in what is shaping up to be a very tight race in North Carolina.

Social media, early voting, polls, the financial markets, even the weather, they are all factors in next Tuesday’s election. When Americans pick a president, we also pick our congressional delegations and numerous state and local officials, but getting people to pay attention to the races happening down the ballot from the president can be tough. Guest host Isaac Davy-Aronson will talk about why with Jennifer Wig, the assistant editor at the Raleigh Public Record; and Angie Newsome, the director and editor of The Carolina Public Press.

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