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Logan Ulrich/WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper laid out his vision for North Carolina in an inaugural address Saturday morning.  The following are his full remarks, from governor.nc.gov

Roy Cooper Takes Over A Divided State

Jan 6, 2017
Office of the Governor

WUNC's Jeff Tiberii spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the situation Roy Cooper steps into as North Carolina governor.  He was sworn-in minutes into New Years Day, and formal inaugural ceremonies will take place this weekend in Raleigh, though many have been moved or canceled because of expected heavy snowfall.  

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From STEM To STEAM

Jan 3, 2017
Matt Bush WCQS

STEM is a well-known buzzword in education circles.  It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  It’s gained traction as schools teach more of those subjects to prepare students for the job market. The University of North Carolina-Asheville is adding ‘A’ to STEM, making it STEAM.  The ‘A’ stands for arts…

Office of the Governor

  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has taken his oath of office minutes after midnight Sunday to get an early start amid bitter partisan politics.

The Democrat was sworn in as the state's 75th governor nearly a week before his public inauguration ceremony. A small group of family, friends and colleagues joined him.

State Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath in the short ceremony not far from where revelers gathered in downtown Raleigh to celebrate the new year.

University of North Carolina

Western Carolina University's Dr. David Shapiro is careful not to describe speech disorders as something people 'suffer' from.

Instead, for Dr. Shapiro, speech disorders are challenges to overcome--for himself, just as much as they are for the thousands of others he's helped throughout his career--a life's work which spans decades, has taken him all over the world and has earned him the prestigious O. Max Gardner award earlier this spring.

It starts at a psychological levels, and for Shapiro, it's personal.

City of Asheville

The Waze travel app gives directions and also allows users to report traffic conditions and road hazards that alert other drivers.  But unless that information is updated, and most drivers have no idea how long a roadblock will be in place, it eventually goes away.  Cities and counties however, do know, and now the city of Asheville is integrating its road closure information into the app through the Waze Connected Citizens program.  Christen McNamara is a GIS programmer analyst with the city.

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the city of Asheville, allowing it to retain control of its water system.  The decision seemingly ends a years-long struggle over the issue that pitted Republicans in the General Assembly against Democrats that run the city.  The full decision can be read here.

Katie Peralta/Charlotte Observer

An effort to repeal HB2 flamed out as NC GOP leadership failed to corral the votes necessary.  Senate Leader Phil Berger refused to consider a clean repeal of HB2, instead offering a bill that would include a 6 month moratorium on non-discrimination ordinances across the state.  That was a non-starter for Democrats, who said they had held up their end of the bargain when the Charlotte city council fully repealed its ordinance earlier Wednesday.  After 9 hours of waiting for leadership to get the votes, several parliamentary maneuvers were introduced, that ultimately failed. 

"HB2 Treated Us As Something Less Than Human"

Dec 20, 2016
Jeremy Loeb WCQS

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill Two is expected to be repealed tomorrow by the General Assembly.  The move comes after the city of Charlotte repealed a non-discrimination ordinance that initially spurred state lawmakers to pass House Bill Two.  The law makes transgender people use the bathroom of the gender listed on their birth certificate, and not the one with which they currently identify.

The U.S. real estate market has come a long way since its historic collapse in 2008. And the same can be said for real estate in North Carolina, which is seeing steady growth despite rising home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors.

This has real estate agents in the western part of the state both optimistic and a bit cautious, with the financial meltdown known as the “Great Recession” still fresh in the back of their minds. Just ask realtor John Becker, who started out in the real estate game over a decade ago.

Colin Campbell/News & Observer

There were more protests and arrests Friday as lawmakers continued their surprise additional special session to limit the powers of Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper.  On party-line votes, both chambers passed SB4, a bill that includes broad election changes.  It was quickly signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, according to House Speaker Tim Moore.  The legislature also passed HB17, which restricts Cooper's ability to make appointments.

Full Sun Farm

As an applied environmental economist, UNCA’s Leah Mathews is interested in the value of things you can’t buy on the store shelves like scenic quality, cultural heritage and social interaction.  Much of her research focuses the local food system in Western North Carolina, looking at the benefits that residents and visitors receive from farmland, the value of social interactions at farmers markets, and the veracity of the Appalachian Grown local food label.    

Buncombe County District Attorney's Office

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams announced Thursday there will be no charges filed against the Asheville police officer who shot and killed Jai Williams at the Dearview Apartments on July 2nd.  Todd Williams said  Sergeant Tyler Radford was 'justified' in shooting Jai Williams, who reportedly had been firing a rifle from his vehicle at the Pisgah View Apartments and leading police on a high speed chase prior to the shooting.  His death came as the national debate over police-involved shooting deaths of black men was reaching a fever pitch.

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