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    Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season. Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission. But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time. We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up. The Connect NC Bond is a $2 billion dollar general obligation bond that would fund infrastructure, repairs and renovations for community colleges statewide as well as campuses across the University of North Carolina System. The bond would also pay for water and sewer projects, parks, National Guard and agricultural projects, and the Zoo. Governor Pat McCrory says North Carolina's population has grown by 2 million since the last bond was passed 15 years ago. No tax increase is necessary to finance the bonds, he says, now or in the future, given the state’s strong revenue growth and ample

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    Those in high school years years ago might remember shop class or home economics as assignments for students deemed unable to cut it academically.

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  • 10/02/16--19:10: Paula Poundstone, Unscripted
  • Paula Poundstone is at her best when she is unscripted. As a panelist on the NPR news quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, she writes only two sections in advance: Bluff the Listener – in which contestants try to identify the real news story – and the last joke of the show. Poundstone also performs her stand-up act across the country. Last spring, she sold out Thalian Hall. This Friday, she returns to Wilmington at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center. RLH: You published a book ten years ago called There’s Nothing In This Book I Meant to Say. There’s word on the street now that there’s another book set to come out soon, and I have conflicting facts about when that’s going to come out… PP: Well, there’s been conflicting facts about when that will come out. MAY. It’s coming out in May. And if it doesn’t come out in May I’m having a Caesarean. I don’t know how anybody writes for a living. Honestly, I don’t. What a horrible, awful, terrible job. RLH: What is the book about? PP: My

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    North Carolina state legislators have passed House Bill 527 – also known as an Act to Restore and Preserve Free Speech on the Campuses of the Constituent Institutions of the University of North Carolina -- almost exactly along partisan lines. Sponsored by North Carolina State Representative Chris Millis, a Republican from Pender County, the bill now sits on Governor Roy Cooper’s desk. On this edition of CoastLine, we explore the concept and practice of civil discourse on the campuses of institutions of higher education. And we find out why the practice, at least in modern conversation, is inextricably intertwined with free speech. We also look at ways of practicing civil discourse and why the recognition of its value – now framed by the vitriolic and divisive partisanship on Capitol Hill – is rising. Finally, is civil discourse largely about political sensitivity, correctness, or can it actually help policy makers accomplish more far-reaching goals? Guests: Amanda Lee , President, Cape

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