North Carolina

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8:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

In UNC System, Where Does Your Tuition Money Go?

This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC system for students and universities. Tuesday, we explained how the state constitution specifies that public higher education should be as free as practicable for North Carolina residents. Today, we explain where the money goes after students and parents write tuition checks. Here's a hint: you don't pay for what you get.

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Local News
9:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

What New EPA Proposed Rule On Power Plant Emissions Means For NC

EPA

North Carolina will have to reduce its rate of carbon emissions from power plants 40 percent to comply with a rule the Environmental Protection Agency proposed Monday. That's among the larger reductions the EPA is calling for in its push to reduce emissions.

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Local News
5:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NC Looks For New Slogan. Wait, What's Our Current Slogan?

Hey North Carolina, it’s time to get branded. Don’t worry, no hot implements will be used. But branding was big news at a recent meeting of the state’s Economic Development Board.

They want to spend $1.5 million on a new slogan to attract tourists and businesses to our fair state.  So WFAE's Tom Bullock decided to peel back the onion on this attempt at sloganeering.

Full disclosure: I just moved here a few months ago.  But even I know North Carolina has a state slogan, “First in Flight.”  It’s even on our licenses plates.  And license plates don’t lie right?

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Carolinas, Other States To Boeing: Oh Oh, Pick Me!

In its factory in Monroe, Cyril Bath produces U-shaped parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Credit Michael Tomsic

“We've got just what you need.”

That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.


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Local News
4:24 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Sues Alcoa Over Ownership Of Yadkin River Bed

Alcoa claims to own the land beneath this and three other dams the company built on the Yadkin River. The State of North Carolina says that's not true and sues for proof.
Credit Julie Rose

  The State of North Carolina is taking aluminum giant Alcoa to court over a series of hydroelectric dams on the Yadkin River. It's the latest turn in a decade-long dispute:


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Local News
9:31 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Court Decision A Setback For Voter Rights, Cooper Says

Attorney General Roy Cooper

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday could have a big impact on North Carolina.


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Local News
9:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Dentist Shortage A State, National Issue

A shortage of dentists is both a statewide and national trend, according to a Pew study. Half of all kids enrolled in Medicaid did not receive care in 2011.

In North Carolina, about half of all kids enrolled in Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011. That's nothing to brag about, but it's in line with the national average, according to a Pew study released Tuesday

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Local News
5:03 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.C. Advocates, Business Leaders React To Immigration Proposal

The Latin American Coalition leads a march for immigration reform in Charlotte last week.
Michael Tomsic

"A good first step." That's how some North Carolina immigration advocates and business leaders are describing the immigration overhaul filed in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.


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Local News
9:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise'

Carol Steckel
Credit NC DHHS

Governor Pat McCrory outlined a plan to significantly change North Carolina's Medicaid program last week. A key person responsible for filling in the details is Carol Steckel. She's the director of the state's Medicaid program, and she spoke to WFAE's Michael Tomsic about the reasons for the overhaul and how it's designed to work.


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Local News
3:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. McCrory Announces Big Changes For N.C Medicaid

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory plans to make major changes to the state's Medicaid system. About 1.8 1.5 million North Carolinians who are low-income, young, elderly or disabled rely on Medicaid for health coverage.

McCrory said the current system is broken and inefficient.  He pointed to an audit that showed the state has been horrible at managing the cost of the program. He said the state hasn't been much better at managing the care people get, either.

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