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Sep 25, 2017

NC Politics in the News


WBTV-NEWS: Schools considered for alternate control whittled to 6

Six academically low-performing elementary schools in four local districts are still being considered to participate in a new North Carolina program where outside school operators are hired to run them.

Energy & the Environment

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Money aimed at water pollution is in limbo as Cooper vetoes environmental bill

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday said he would veto a catch-all bill full of changes to environmental laws, including funding aimed at the Cape Fear River pollutant GenX.

WRAL-NEWS: Regulators demand data on possible airborne GenX release

Regulators from the state’s environmental agency are asking the chemical company under investigation for releasing unregulated compounds into the Cape Fear River for more data about whether those same compounds were released into the air.

In the Courts

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Legislators: New districts should be approved for 2018 elections

New legislative district maps that North Carolina lawmakers approved last month eliminate any unlawful racial bias federal judges ruled was in previous maps and should be permitted for use in the 2018 elections, Republican legislators who helped draw them argued Friday.

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper’s confirmation battle resurfaces

After a pause of several months, Gov. Roy Cooper's challenge to Senate confirmation of his cabinet resurfaced Wednesday at the state Court of Appeals.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Appeals court reverses ruling that had favored school board

Regulations approved by North Carolina state education leaders are subject to review by a commission like most other government agencies, a split appeals court panel ruled Tuesday in another legal setback for the State Board of Education.

Judicial Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: Chairman: New proposed judicial maps out at next meeting

The leader of a North Carolina House committee considering changes to judicial election districts says updated boundaries based on outside feedback will be considered at the panel's next meeting, possibly next week.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: What role did pharmacy companies play in opioid crisis? NC’s attorney general is investigating

Josh Stein, North Carolina's attorney general, announced on Tuesday that he and 40 other attorneys general had expanded their investigation into manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids in an attempt to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for its part in the nationwide overdose crisis.

Legislative Appointment

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS: Muller selected for fill Millis seat

Former county Republican Party Chairman Bob Muller was selected Tuesday night to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, who resigned as of last week.