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9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Budget Stalemate Enters Third Week

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The stalemate over North Carolina’s budget enters its third week. Some progress has been made in the negotiations. But at a committee meeting Monday leaders of the House showed just how far they are from a deal with their Senate counterparts.

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Local News
9:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Senate Unanimously Opposes House Coal Ash Changes

The North Carolina House and Senate have found another area of disagreement to go along with the budget. One of the legislature’s top priorities—a bill to address coal ash—failed to advance to the governor’s desk Monday night.


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Local News
8:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle?

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North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget,  including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal.  

During an appearance Monday on WFAE's Charlotte Talks, McCrory chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent  Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. McCrory went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget.   

WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.

Analysis of NC budget negotiations.

The Party Line
5:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Unified Statehouse Is Clearly Divided

Michael Bitzer

The past few days have testified to the old political saying: there are two things you never want to watch being made — sausage and laws. 

And in the attempts to pass a readjusted state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the North Carolina General Assembly has also played into another old saying: Actions speak louder than words.

In trying to resolve their fundamental differences on the $21 billion state budget, the state House and Senate formed what is often referred to as the “third chamber” of legislatures: A conference committee.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law to force Charlotte to transfer control of the airport to an independent authority. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory waded into the issue. In an interview with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins, McCrory said the airport should be run like a business – by the private sector.

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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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Authentic South
1:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chef Vivian Howard

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Vivian Howard is the chef at Chef and the Farmer in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. She also "co-stars" with her husband Ben Knight on their Peabody Award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life.”

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins

The Heritage Tower, one of the few lasting symbols of the religious theme park built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1980s, still stands unfinished in Fort Mill, SC.
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If you’ve been in the area long enough, you’ll remember Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, the televangelists who built a sprawling religious theme park in Fort Mill in the 1980s. A scandal led to the park closing its doors. Now, a new evangelical ministry is hoping to restore parts of the old theme park, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there’s a fear that history may repeat itself.


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Local News
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November

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A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.

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