Wake County

Politics & Government
4:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wake GOP Opposes Local School And Transportation Bonds

The Wake County GOP says it's opposed to a $75 million Raleigh transportation bond and a $810 million Wake Schools bond going to the ballot in October.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Wake County Republican Party is opposing bond referendums for Raleigh transportation and public school construction projects. 

Voters will decide in October whether to approve $75 million in improvements to sidewalks and roads as well as traffic calming projects in Raleigh.  The Wake GOP executive committee says it voted to oppose that bond due to the city's accumulating debt. 

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Politics & Government
4:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'Bus On Shoulder System' Expands From Durham To Wake County

A bus participates in the Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) program.
Credit NCDOT

After a year of success in Durham County, the state's first Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) is ready to expand into Wake County. The North Carolina Department of Transportation allows transit buses to travel on the shoulders of designated stretches of roadways to bypass congested traffic, but only when speeds drop below 35 miles per hour.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Wake County Opens Justice Center

Wake County Justice Center
Credit Wake County

The Wake County Justice Center opened officially yesterday in downtown Raleigh, combining the latest security measures with a high-tech, efficient design.

When visitors enter the main lobby of the Wake County Justice Center – after passing through airport-level security - they are greeted with an array of electronic message boards directing them to whatever government function they are seeking: 19 courtrooms, the Commissioners Board Room, District Attorney’s office, Register of Deeds, even a café. All of it in an 11-story building designed to achieve a LEED silver rating for environmental efficiency.

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Health
7:39 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hurried Transition For Wake Mental Health Clinics A Long Time Coming

The NC legislature is considering how much to spend on mental health services and medication regulations as Wake Co. shifts its services to private providers.
Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Wake County had to quickly shift mental health services to private providers

Behavioral health clinics in Wake County are shutting down today. That means about 2,000 people who have mental illnesses and rely on Medicaid are transitioning to treatment from private providers, but the county has been under a time crunch to transfer patients and some doctors worry theirs are falling through the cracks.

Margery Sved is a psychiatrist with Wake County Health and Human Services and one of 200 people who are being laid off today.

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Education
3:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Wake School Board Split On Superintendent

The Wake School Board is split on hiring a new superintendent.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Tonight, the Wake County School Board will continue its discussions on hiring a superintendent.

It’s been more than two weeks since the three finalists for Wake Superintendent visited the district for a hectic few days of interviews and public appearances. Wake School Board Chair Keith Sutton initially indicated a new superintendent would be hired within a few days, but delays have pushed it back to tonight, at the earliest.

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Politics & Government
6:57 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wake County Begins Move Into Brand New Justice Center

Rendering of the new Wake County Justice Center.
Credit www.wakegov.com

Many Wake County employees are moving into a new downtown justice center this week.

County officials have invested three years of construction and $184 million in their new government headquarters.  Office workers have begun setting up in the facility.  The county's Register of Deeds will the first to open its doors Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
7:51 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Local Governments Brainstorm Their Budgets, With Taxes In Mind

Durham City Hall
Credit City of Durham

County commissioners and city council members across the state turn their attention to their local budgets this week. 

Many local governments are avoiding increases on property taxes as they craft their budgets for the next fiscal year.  But they're also expecting less direct funding from the state and increasing some fees for services like solid waste or animal control. 

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Putting A Stop To Gerrymandering

North Carolina's Congressional District 12 in 1992.
Credit http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us

Rep. Paul Stam and Rep. Deborah Ross discuss efforts for bipartisan reform to the redistricting process

In 2010, when Republicans won control of the state House and Senate, they radically redrew voting districts in favor of their own party.  In previous elections, Democrats have done the same.  Now, there's a bipartisan effort in the state House of Representatives to reform the redistricting process.

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Business & Economy
11:22 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Meals On Wheels Feel The Pinch Of The Sequester

Meals on Wheels volunteers in Wake County.
Credit Meals on Wheels of Wake County

The automatic budget cuts or sequester handed down from Washington are starting to affect North Carolina organizations that serve seniors.  Meals on Wheels of Wake County says they got the news last week.  Sequestration means they will lose funding that equates to 12,000 meals a year.  Alan Winstead, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Wake County, says he’s confident they will find alternative funding to continue serving hot lunches to 1,300 seniors a day, but the budget cuts have other implications. 

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Wake Mayors Seek Repeal Of 540 Route Ban

A group of Wake County mayors is asking the legislature to repeal a law that bans a possible route for the rest of highway 540. The panel voted Wednesday to put the so-called "Red Route" back on the table after federal regulators said they would cut funding for the project if the state does not allow the DOT to study all possible routes. That proposal has been unpopular among the planning board. It would take 540 through Garner rather than around the south side of the town. Most mayors say they voted to repeal the Red Route ban in order to get the funds back.

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