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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

N.C. State reaffirms position as Triangle's leading college for general bigotry

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Update, March 27: O'Rear lost his bid for Student Body President, coming in third with 12 percent of the vote. Just when racism at Duke and misogyny at Carolina were making me feel like my alma mater NC State might one day have a shot at the crown for "Triangle’s Most Progressive University," this bullshit happens. Dwayne O’Rear—husky lover of huskies and racist homophobe—is running for Student Body President. Facebook Technician, in one extraordinarily long paragraph, describes some social media interactions of The Bro’s Choice for President. In Nov. 2010, O’Rear saw two gay people embracing each other and kissing...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Raleigh Chamber comes down against county commission

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

In defending county commissioner’s hostile takeover of school ownership, commission chair Joe Bryan recently told INDY Week that the measure had widespread support, going back years. He was quick to say the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce had pushed such a proposal in the mid-2000’s—as if the Chamber’s blessing signals that all reasonable people should agree. But yesterday, the Raleigh Chamber’s endorsment didn’t mean quite as much to Bryan. The Chamber wants both bills that have come as a result of the commissioner’s legislative agenda—one that would redraw Wake County school board districts and another that would transfer school ownership...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

North Carolina: No Medicaid dollars for undocumented mental health

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Addendum: It seems that Cardinal Innovation's approach on mental health care for the undocumented community is not unique. N.C. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Julie Henry notified INDY Week after its print deadline Tuesday that undocumented immigrants are only eligible for emergency service coverage under Medicaid rule, echoing the comments of Cardinal leaders in today's story. That indicates managed care organizations such as Cardinal—which is charged with dispensing public dollars for mental health treatment—are following the rule statewide to deny Medicaid reimbursements to providers treating mental illness among undocumented residents. Today's story investigates the impacts of the policy...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Legislature wants to renege on Dix park deal

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Apparently, when you sign a contract with the State of North Carolina, the ink never dries. In December, then-Gov. Bev Perdue and the North Carolina Council of State voted to lease Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh for 99 years, so the city could create a massive public park. But on Thursday, several lawmakers (none of whom represent the Triangle) introduced a bill that would rescind the deal. Lissa Gotwals “It would be a sad day if the word of the State of North Carolina has become worthless,” Raleigh City Councilor Bonner Gaylord wrote to INDY Week in...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The slow, painful road to voter ID

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Let the perfunctory public hearings begin. On Tuesday, lawmakers in Raleigh listened to more than 100 speakers debate the pros and cons of a law that would require North Carolinians to produce a photo ID on Election Day. Detractors say that requiring an ID to vote will disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of low-income, minority and elderly voters. But supporters of the measure say that producing an identification card is commonplace in today’s society and should be required at the polls. Some have even suggested that voter fraud is a widespread problem, but little evidence has directly backed up that claim....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cities could be banned from regulating greenhouse gases

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Currently, no municipalities or counties in North Carolina directly attempt to regulate greenhouse gases. And a bill that stalled in a Senate committee today would ensure they never do. Senate bill 171 would block municipalities from creating any “rule or ordinance that regulates greenhouse gas emissions or limits human activity for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” While that language seems clear enough, it’s deeply unclear exactly what this bill would impact. For instance, some municipalities have measures that regulate “energy efficiency” but don’t directly reference greenhouse gas. One such ordinance in Chapel Hill requires developers who want to...

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