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Friday, August 30, 2013

Fast-food workers "Strike for 15" at downtown Raleigh KFC

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The KFC on New Bern Avenue in downtown Raleigh has a sign in its window for a six-piece fried chicken deal for $9.99. It's a luxury most of the restaurant's workers likely cannot afford, and the irony is not lost on the Rev. William Barber. "It's a crime," he told a crowd of around 100 people, "that you can work for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and can't hardly afford the chicken that's there. It's a crime to work 40 hours and be paid like you're working part-time, and not be given health insurance or time off when you get sick."...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Raleigh discusses homeless policy; state steps in

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Raleigh City Council Chambers, capacity 244, was packed to the brim Wednesday afternoon at an emergency meeting of the Law and Public Safety Committee. It was called to address the issue of food distribution in city parks and greenways, which, as many people were surprised to learn this week, is in fact, illegal in Raleigh. People sat and stood, listened and waited to speak, all expecting an explanation why police threatened to arrest members of a church group trying to give free sausage biscuits to homeless people in Moore Square Park last weekend. Love Wins Ministry and other charities have...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Americans for Prosperity van vanishes from park-and-ride

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Two days after INDY Week called N.C. Department of Transportation about the Americans for Prosperity Foundation ice cream van, abandoned in the District Drive park-and-ride in Raleigh, the vehicle was gone. DOT spokesperson Jennifer Garifo said the agency called the owner in Missouri on Wednesday; on Thursday the van had been moved. The name of the owner was not immediately available. The INDY reported this week on the case of the van, plastered with insignia of the right-wing organization founded by the Koch Brothers. The local chapter, AFP-NC, has included Art Pope among its board members. The van had been...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chapel Hill leaders call for break with Russian sister city

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt Amid the continuing backlash to Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law, two openly LGBT leaders in Chapel Hill are calling for the town to sever its "sister city" relationship with a Russian city. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Councilman Lee Storrow condemned the law in a joint statement Thursday afternoon, describing the news from Russia as "heartbreaking." "Innocent individuals and families face persecution, violence and detainment for expressing themselves openly and non-violently in the public square," the statement reads. "These laws are deplorable and do nothing but create hardship, suffering, and in some cases death, for...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

EPA unveiling new pesticide labels to help protect bees

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Justin CookThis post has been updated to include a statement by the Pesticide Action Network. The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is requiring new warning labels on a type of pesticide known as neonicotinoid, thought to be one cause of massive bee die-offs. As INDY Week reported last week, dozens of studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have confirmed a strong link between the usage of neonicotinoids and bee health. The new labels affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Clothianidin and imidacloprid are made by Bayer CropScience, which has its American headquarters in Research Triangle...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Thom Tillis' curious fundraising for U.S. Senate (h/t Carolina Mercury)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Tsk, tsk, Thom. The Carolina Mercury's Kirk Ross posted a fascinating story about the fundraising habits of House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is courting donors for 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. As Ross notes, state lawmakers can't accept contributions for their state offices during a legislative session but they can raise money for federal offices, which is precisely what Tillis did—in the midst of the budget debate. Legal? Yes. Hinky? Also yes. Ross names some big contributors to Tillis' Senate race, including DENR Secretary John Skvarla and several House members, Pat McElraft, Tim Moore and Chuck McGrady, according to federal election...

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