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Before DNC, Contrasting Views Of Host City

The Democratic National Convention begins this week in Charlotte, N.C. WFAE's Julie Rose looks at what this city's boosters want visitors and TV viewers to know about Charlotte and what they're trying to paper over.

GOP Faces Uphill Battle For Black Vote

Just 2 percent of delegates at the Republican National Convention were black. That's higher than the percentage that supported Mitt Romney in a recent poll: 0. And getting blacks on board may prove especially hard for the GOP presidential candidate given the tone of some recent campaign ads and a wave of new voter ID laws.

How 'Government' Became A Dirty Word

Anti-government sentiment has deep roots in the Republican Party — from Ronald Reagan's proclamation, "government is the problem," to last week's convention. But the message has had most of its success in the abstract, and sometimes Republicans aren't putting the ideology into practice.

'Why I'm A Republican'

Throughout the week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., NPR digital journalists asked delegates, politicians and other attendees to react to the statement: "Why I'm a Republican." Here are some of those responses.

Fact Check: Paul Ryan Exaggerates Marathon Claim

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan claimed he'd run a marathon in less than three hours — an athletic feat. Runner's World magazine checked the claim and discovered his running time in the only marathon he's ever run was just over four hours.
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Berlin Fire Dept. Budget Slashed Following Allegations

Following allegations that the Berlin Fire Department and EMS had failed to address allegations of discrimination and harassment, the mayor and city council cut the budget.