North Carolina

Local News
5:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

I-485, Unusual Interchanges Should Be Finished By Dec. 2014

A view of a turbine interchange from above

Interstate-485 will finally become a complete loop next year, and some northern sections will feature unusual interchanges. State and federal transportation officials gave that update Tuesday while standing at the edge of one of the interchanges.

The rain didn't keep Davis Diggs and Gary Eudy from showing off how their babies are almost all grown up.

"We're standing at the border between Gary's project and my interchange," Diggs said. On one side, there's concrete road, and on the other, paved dirt.

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The Party Line
11:43 am
Wed February 27, 2013

NC Democrats Need To Call Up Some Fresh Faces

Michael Bitzer

With the release of the provocative and no holds barred “NC 2013 Legislative Strategy” memo as reported by The Charlotte Observer, liberal advocacy groups are finally learning the lessons that conservative groups have been teaching them for some time: Be prepared to play the same game and have a playbook.

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Local News
5:48 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Another Temporary Fix For 1,300 North Carolinians In Group Homes

The North Carolina legislature is poised to pass a temporary fix to prevent more than 1,300 people in group homes from losing their place to live. The legislation allows them to continue receiving Medicaid services in their group homes until July.

This is probably the last temporary fix for people in group homes with a mental illness, developmental disability or Alzheimer's.

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Local News
10:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

State Of State Speech Focuses On Economy, Education And Efficiency

In his first State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory Monday night pledged to work to lower North Carolina's income tax rates, cut the amount of money the state wastes on Medicaid, and make vocational training a larger part of the state's education system.

Gov. McCrory said his administration will focus on "fixing the economy, transforming education and improving government efficiency." Here's the first step:

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Local News
11:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Gov. McCrory Weighs In On Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory said Tuesday morning that North Carolina is not ready to participate in two major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. At least for now, the state will not expand Medicaid or be involved in running a health insurance exchange.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Through Stopgap, Group Care Homes Find Funding For January

Governor Bev Perdue announced Tuesday a temporary stopgap to keep about 1,400 North Carolinians from potentially becoming homeless next month. Perdue is moving money around to allow people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities to continue receiving care in group homes.

As is often the case with disability issues in North Carolina, this one evolved from a lawsuit.

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State Borders
9:22 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Carolinas Will Continue To Wait For Official State Lines

The last remaining points on the map left to be determined is along the border where Dillon County, North Carolina connects with Robeson County, North Carolina.
Credit Courtesy of the State of North Carolina

Surveyors have been working for nearly 20 years to determine the exact path of the North Carolina and South Carolina border. And it will still be another few months before we know the official state lines. 

Alex Rankin has been walking and hiking much of the state line with his team for the last 12 years. He's president of the Concord engineering and surveying firm commissioned to rediscover the state boundary that was first drawn in the 1700s.       

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Local News
10:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Decision Looming For NC On Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina leaders are still deciding whether they'll expand Medicaid to cover almost 680,000 more uninsured adults. The expansion became an optional part of President Obama's health care law because of a Supreme Court ruling.

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to give every American access to health insurance. For low-income people, the Medicaid expansion is a huge part of that.

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The Party Line
3:41 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

A Look At North Carolina's Changing Numbers, 2000-2012

Michael Bitzer

In a previous post, I noted that the United States is seeing a pattern of “regionalism” when it comes to presidential elections.  Since 2000, both parties have dominated in two sets of regions, while one region consistently plays the “battleground” status to determining who wins the White House.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Out Of Time, N.C. Partners With Feds On Insurance Exchange

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is now one of the people in charge of partnering with the federal government to set up the state health insurance exchange.
Credit N.C. Department of Insurance

North Carolina is partnering with the federal government to set up a health insurance exchange. The exchange is a required part of President Obama's health care law, and it's supposed to be an online shop where people can compare and buy health insurance.

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