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Sunday Headlines
9:39 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Fire Destroys Claremont Landmark

Fire destroyed a 50-year-old hardware store in Catawba County Saturday afternoon.  Firefighters from 10 area departments responded to the blaze at Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply, which started around 3:20 p.m. The Hickory Daily Record reported smoke was visible from I-40, about five miles away.  Fire officials are trying to determine the cause.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What To Expect From The 2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session starts today
Credit NC General Assembly

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

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NC News
9:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Conversation With Rep. Tim Moore, The Next NC House Speaker

Tim Moore
Credit http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/

In nominating Tim Moore of Kings Mountain to be the next House speaker, Republican members of the House of Representatives decided to be led by another lawmaker from the western part of the state. And like outgoing speaker Thom Tillis, Moore spread his campaign money. He gave $253,000 to other legislative candidates.

“No one, including me, enjoys raising money," Moore says." So I would certainly say whoever is going to be speaker, majority leader, and these other caucus offices needs to be someone who has the ability and the willingness and the time to go out and raise that money."

Moore will be formally elected speaker when the General Assembly convenes in January. Medicaid expansion is getting more attention leading up to the session. Governor McCrory has said he may propose expansion, and the idea is gaining traction in other states where Republican leaders have rejected it. But incoming speaker Moore isn’t interested in joining them.


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Sunday Headlines
9:29 am
Sun November 23, 2014

GOP Nominates Moore for House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore

North Carolina Republican legislators have nominated a new House Speaker. State Representative Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, in Cleveland County, is in line to take over as the House leader after US Senator-elect Thom Tills steps down.   Republicans picked Moore from among six candidates during a meeting Saturday in Asheboro. 

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Environment
11:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Plan For Duke Energy's Coal Ash Ponds

North Carolina lawmakers have been under pressure to pass legislation in response a February spill of more than 39,000 tons of coal ash from a Duke plant onto the Dan River.
Credit Riverkeeper Foundation

Top Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly say they’ve agreed on a plan to manage Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. The plan for Duke Energy's 33 ponds has been roughly six months in the making, but just weeks ago negotiations broke down between the senators and representatives who were writing it. 

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Local News
5:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Budget Creates Pathway For Drones In NC

N.C. State students prepare a drone for flight in Hyde County. The university's NextGen Air Transportation Center is the only public entity in the state currently authorized to fly unmanned vehicles.
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

Buried deep and overlooked in the fight over the state’s 260-page budget is one provision that could have a profound effect on North Carolina’s skies: Lawmakers created a pathway for drone use to take off in North Carolina. 


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Sunday headlines
10:33 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawmakers Report Deal On NC Budget

Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.

Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week.  

The House and Senate have been caught in an impasse as they try to adjust spending in the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer. Sticking points include teacher pay raises, the future of teachers’ assistants and Medicaid.

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Local News
9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
Credit LUESA

About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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The Party Line
5:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May

My previous post looked at what has become one of the key competitive races for a U.S. Senate seat, following the closing of the filing period. But it won’t be just the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in May and November, but also all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly. Or so one would think.

In looking at the candidate filing and the past voting patterns of the district lines under the new maps, the overall contest for North Carolina’s state legislature really won’t be as competitive as most would expect. 

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Local News
8:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations

Lyft drivers strap fluffy pink mustaches to their cars for identification.
Julie Rose

Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.

The companies themselves are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.


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