North Carolina

Transportation
5:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Written tests now required of fewer NC drivers

Gov. Pat McCrory says his administration is making it easier for citizens with out-of-state or recently expired North Carolina driver's licenses to get a new permit.

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Dan River Coal Ash
11:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Duke Energy Prepares to Clean Dan River

On February 12, 2014, Duke Energy crewmen vacuum small area of toxic coal ash sludge from the Dan River.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it's ready to manage and dismantle its coal ash basins.

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NC Roads
6:01 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

North Carolina Motorists Bear the Cost of Deficient Roadways

An anticipated drop in federal funding will force North Carolina and other states to delay and postpone some road and bridge repair projects.
Credit Kathryn Mobley / 88.5 WFDD

North Carolina's deteriorating road system is costing drivers billions of dollars.

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Immigration
4:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Immigration Reform Focus of Upcoming Event in Greensboro

North Carolina has almost 400,000 undocumented immigrants. Some agricultural and other businesses in the state rely on immigrant labor for jobs they say are hard to fill.

Numerous groups across North Carolina continue to push for federal immigration reform. Now they want residents to get involved in the discussion.

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Radio 101
2:46 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Looking Behind the Moral Monday Protests

Young protestors find their voice during North Carolina's 2013 Moral Monday Rallies.
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One Triad high school junior fears North Carolina politicians are reducing her rights through legislation.

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Traffic & Weather
7:28 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Gov. McCrory Declares State of Emergency for North Carolina

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (center) has signed a State of Emergency declaration and waived weight and hours of service restrictions on truck drivers to expedite response to Friday's winter storm. This picture was taken in Dec. 2013 when the governor visited Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's new cancer treatment center.
Credit Keri Brown

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina in the wake of a winter storm that's left hundreds of thousands without power.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Causes Concerns About Public Drinking Water

Scientists with Appalachian Voices are collecting water samples from the Dan River in Eden.
Credit Photo by Eric Chance / Appalachian Voices

State and federal environmental officials are continuing their investigations of a coal ash spill into the Dan River in Rockingham County.

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Environment
6:18 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

It's Time for Sledding! Winter Storm Brings Headaches & Fun For Triad Residents

Kids in the Clemmons area enjoyed the day off from school on Wednesday. This picture was taken near Blue Bonnet Lane.
Credit Keri Brown

The snow and bone-chilling cold weather forced schools in several North Carolina counties to close their doors Wednesday. A few inches of snow fell in the Triad, and children and adults are taking full advantage of the fluffy white stuff.

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Politics
11:41 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Governor Will Fight DOJ Lawsuit Against Voter ID Law

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in a screenshot from his YouTube video, explaining his opposition to DOJ lawsuit
Credit via YouTube

On the last day of September, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina.

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Voting Rights
7:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Justice Department Suit Will Have No Immediate Impact on NC Elections

The Justice Department's challenge to NC's new elections law will not affect this fall's elections.
Credit Joe Hall via flickr

North Carolina's Republican governor and lawmakers are vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department Monday.  The suit challenges the state's tough new elections law on the grounds it disproportionately impacts minority voters.   The law cuts early voting by a week, ends same-day voter registration and includes a stringent photo ID requirement.  John Dinan, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, says this fall's elections will not be affected by the lawsuit.

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Business
10:32 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Opportunity Scholarships Will Change NC's Education Landscape

Opportunity Scholarships will give low income students more access to non-public schools. But critics says this program takes away vital funds from already struggling public schools.
Credit iStock

A new law will help change the look of some North Carolina schools.

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News
1:23 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Suburban Piedmont Areas Led National Poverty Rate for More Than a Decade

Between 2000-2011, the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs of North Carolina's 12th District increased by 663%.
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North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District led the nation in poverty for about 11 years.

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News
4:09 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Triad Protest Groups Want Residents to Speak Out Against New Duke Energy Rate Hikes

North Carolina residents may have to pay about $14.00 more for Duke Energy utility service.
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Grassroots groups say hardship stories from Triad residents can fight utility price increases.

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News
1:53 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Reduced Benefits Ahead for North Carolina's Newly Unemployed

North Carolina's newly unemployed may get fewer benefits as they hunt for work.
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Next month, some North Carolinians will get fewer state benefits and for less time.

Beginning June 30, unemployed North Carolina workers who apply for state benefits for the first time will get less money. This is the result of a bill Governor Pat McCrory signed into law last February.

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Recruiting
7:02 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Big Changes Ahead for NC Commerce Dept.

Open for business
Credit velkr0's via flickr

  Big changes are in the works for North Carolina's Commerce Department. Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso discusses what that might mean as the state works to attract new business with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.

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WS Loop
4:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Possible Twist in Winston-Salem Northern Beltway

James Nelson, owns 8 acres on Skylark Road that are in the pathway of the proposed Winston Northern Beltway
Kathryn Mobley WFDD

A ruling by one superior court judge could bring long-awaited relief for some Winston-Salem property owners. But it could also create a road block for a pending highway project. It concerns a lawsuit regarding Winston-Salem’s proposed Northern Beltway. It is a 34-mile multi-lane freeway project that would begin at U.S. 158 southwest of the city and would end at U.S. 311 on the southeast side.

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