Fracking Bill Passes NC Senate Committee
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Fracking Bill Passes NC Senate Committee

A controversial bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina passed an important legislative committee Tuesday. Fracking uses horizontal drilling methods to access trapped pockets of natural gas. The bill's sponsors say it will bring much-needed money and jobs into the state, but opponents of the measure say there aren't enough safeguards.

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Charlotte Observer: Gun Found In Rowan School; 2
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Gun Found In Rowan School; 2 Charged

Two 13-year-old boys face charges and a long-term suspension after authorities say a handgun and a loaded ammunition clip were found on one student at a Rowan County Middle School on Monday.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says the gun was found on a male student at Charles C. Erwin Middle School, near the town of Granite Quarry in the eastern part of the county.
Deputies say that, based on conversations with the parents, one of the students found a hidden lockbox key Sunday night at his home and used the key to open the box and take the gun.

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Mayor Foxx Abandons Effort To Shrink Proposed City
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Mayor Foxx Abandons Effort To Shrink Proposed City Tax Hike

County And Carolinas HealthCare Reach Settlement
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

County And Carolinas HealthCare Reach Settlement

Mecklenburg County and Carolinas HealthCare have reached an out-of-court settlement regarding a lawsuit over issues relating to mental health services.

The meat of the settlement revolves around the CMC-Randolph behavioral health hospital. Mecklenburg County owns it, but Carolinas HealthCare (or CHS) has managed it since 1986. And in 2000, the county signed a contract to pay CHS nearly $22 million per year to the hospital to provide care for mental health patients.

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Update on North Carolina's Economy
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Update on North Carolina's Economy

City Settles On Route For DNC Protest Marches
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

City Settles On Route For DNC Protest Marches

Eugenics Compensation Bill Passes NC House
6:31 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Eugenics Compensation Bill Passes NC House

The North Carolina House has passed a measure to compensate living victims of the state's forced-sterilization program. Lawmakers have proposed a $50,000 lump sum for each living victim of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. During debate on the measure Tuesday afternoon, several dozen members of the state house tried unsuccessfully to lower compensation to $20,000, saying the budget can't take a larger hit. Not so, said Republican Representative Carolyn Justice.

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Eugenics Compensation Bill Passes NC House
1:00 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Eugenics Compensation Bill Passes NC House

The North Carolina House has passed a measure to compensate living victims of the state's forced-sterilization program. Lawmakers have proposed a $50,000 lump sum for each living victim of the North Carolina Eugenics Board.

During debate on the measure Tuesday afternoon, several dozen members of the state house tried unsuccessfully to lower compensation to $20,000, saying the budget can't take a larger hit.

Not so, said Republican Representative Carolyn Justice.

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Raptor Center and Transit of Venus
1:00 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Raptor Center and Transit of Venus

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Politics
12:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Great Time To Be A Political Stat Nerd

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As a political scientist, I am sort of a “number cruncher” who likes to empirically test what we know about human behavior through statistical analysis.  With the election results certified by the N.C. Secretary of State, I ran some statistical analyses on the county-wide results to see what, if anything, might explain things from the May primary.

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