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11:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Glitch Takes General Assembly Website Into The World Of Redirects And Credit Cards

This is the website for North Carolina's General Assembly? Kind of.
Credit Screen grab of NCLeg.net

The website for North Carolina’s General Assembly can be a bit confusing to navigate. Today, well, let’s just say, "bless their hearts."

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Local News
9:34 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New NC Legislative Caucus Targets 'Main Street' Issues

Democratic party activists in North Carolina last weekend chose former legislator Patsy Keever of Asheville as the new chair of the state party. She takes the helm as North Carolina Democrats face fundraising struggles and a continued Republican “super-majority” in the General Assembly. Keever will no doubt hear from a recently-formed coalition of House and Senate lawmakers who've dubbed themselves the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus. They promise to push for “centrist” and “pro-business” policies in the legislature.  Senator Joel Ford of Mecklenburg County is part of the caucus. He says, Democrats in the state have gotten distracted by focusing too much on issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and the environment.


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Local News
1:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Most NC Schools Receive Bs, Cs

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Nearly 60 percent of CMS schools scored a C or below on new state report cards that include letter grades for the first time. The grades are mostly based on students’ scores on standardized tests.  Twenty percent is based on the growth of those scores from year-to-year. 

State school board member John Tate of Charlotte said the scores don’t accurately show the hard work of teachers and students at some high-poverty schools.

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Politics
6:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Why This State Of The State Speech Might Be Different

Governor Pat McCrory will deliver his 2015 State of the State address tonight.
Credit NC.gov

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory will give the annual State of the State address. This is, of course, an annual event. But this speech could have more influence on North Carolina politics than in years past.

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Local News
11:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Slow The Pace

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North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.


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Local News
11:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Long Road Ahead For Oil Drilling Off-Shore North Carolina

The Obama administration is proposing to offer leases in this section of the Atlantic to oil and gas companies for drilling.
Credit Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.


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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.

NC LAWMAKERS BACK TO WORK

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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Jobs, Education, Regulatory Changes Continue To Be Legislative Priorities

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

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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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Local News
5:16 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Abortion Ultrasound Law Violates First Amendment, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s law that says abortion providers must show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus.

The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous: North Carolina’s law violates the First Amendment.

The ruling says the law is “quintessential compelled speech” that “forces physicians to say things they otherwise would not say.”

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