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Rural-urban divide rears its head in sales tax debate

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rural-urban divide rears its head in sales tax debate

by Mark Binker and Cullen Browder, WRAL, July 23, 2014. The Senate has given tentative approval to a package of sales tax and economic development changes, but not before laying bare simmering resentments between senators from rural and urban areas. Much of the bill concerns giving the Commerce Department new ways to lure businesses. For […]

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Forbes: Raleigh is ‘best place’ for business, careers

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Forbes: Raleigh is ‘best place’ for business, careers

by WRAL Techwire, July 23, 2014. Raleigh vaults to No. 1 from No. 3 a year ago on the latest “Best Places for Business and Careers” report from Forbes magazine. The 16th annual survey cites lower business costs, the broad level of advanced education and the presence of tech hub RTP as key factors in […]

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More NC children living in poverty

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
More NC children living in poverty

by Tara Lynn, WRAL, July 22, 2014. Despite making significant gains in health and education in the last eight years, North Carolina ranks 34th nationally in overall child well-being, according to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The KIDS COUNT Data Book, available in its entirety online, examines 16 measures of child […]

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Senate moves closer to House positions in budget talks

| July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Senate moves closer to House positions in budget talks

by Lynn Bonner, Charlotte Observer, July 16, 2014. Republican senators said Tuesday they would give teachers 8 percent rather than 11 percent raises and cut fewer elderly people from Medicaid in their latest state budget offer that moves Senate positions on contentious items closer to House preferences. The new Senate proposal was the first major move in […]

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Tweeting in church? Sacred, social media worlds blend

| July 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Tweeting in church? Sacred, social media worlds blend

by Samantha Gilman, News and Observer, July 14, 2014. When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smartphones, tap the silver “Get Hope” app and open the sermon notes. Amid words of caution, some church leaders, churchgoers and […]

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McCrory chides Senate leaders

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
McCrory chides Senate leaders

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, July 14, 2014. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory stood by his threatened veto of a Senate budget bill during a Charlotte radio interview Monday and compared GOP Senate leaders to past Democratic leaders Marc Basnight and Tony Rand. “I think some of my Senate Republicans, when they got the majority, they’re […]

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Stupid hats or thinking caps?

| July 11, 2014 | 4 Comments
Stupid hats or thinking caps?

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 11, 2014. Governor Pat McCrory’s admonition for people not to put on their “stupid hat” during Hurricane Arthur was easily understood, timely and right on target. It started us thinking where else we might be wearing “stupid hats.” No example is more egregious than our […]

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Transparency limited in NC public pension plan

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Transparency limited in NC public pension plan

by Benjamin Briscoe, WFMY, July 10, 2014. Part of the North Carolina public pension is invested in a company working with Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse just plead guilty to helping defraud the federal government. The State Employees Association of North Carolina wanted to make sure similar wrong doings weren’t happening here, so SEANC leaders asked […]

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Triangle business leaders call for immigration reform

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Triangle business leaders call for immigration reform

by Bruce Mildwurf, WRAL, July 9, 2014. Several Triangle business leaders participated in the National Day of Action on Wednesday, as groups nationwide called on Congress to push forward on stalled immigration reform measures. Although farming and construction are heavily dependent on immigrant labor, business leaders said fields such as biotechnology and engineering also suffer […]

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House drops increased lottery ads from state budget proposal

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
House drops increased lottery ads from state budget proposal

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 9, 2014. Another budget logjam broke Wednesday afternoon after state House negotiators agreed to abandon their plan to raise about $30 million by selling more lottery tickets. The House plan to increase lottery revenue by doubling the ad budget while putting restrictions on ads at the same time […]

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