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Feb 26, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: Charter schools could get more money if NC lawmakers overhaul K-12 funding system

Charter school supporters lobbied state lawmakers Thursday for more money at a time when charter schools and traditional public schools are arguing with each over about how much funding they receive.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Legislator: Panel won’t propose splitting certain districts

A legislative committee studying the pros and cons for students and local governance of splitting up North Carolina school districts won't recommend breaking up specific school systems, a panel leader said Wednesday at its first meeting.


Energy & Environment

WRAL-NEWS: Duke Energy rate increase partly approved by state regulators

State regulators have approved Duke Energy's efforts to impose higher rates on its electric customers in the eastern half of North Carolina, but granted the utility less than half of what it wanted.

WILMINGTON STARNEWS: Samples confirm DEQ suspicions about GenX in rainwater

Rainwater samples recently taken near the Chemours' facility on the Bladen-Cumberland county lines have confirmed regulators' suspicions that GenX is being transported via wind and brought to the ground by precipitation, according to a Friday release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

WILMINGTON STARNEWS: Still squabbling over GenX funding

At the end of a Wednesday committee meeting, a New Hanover County member of the N.C. House of Representatives took to task the N.C. Senate's overhaul -- led by a senator from New Hanover County -- of a short-term GenX measure.

NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘Shameful.’ ‘Beyond the pale.’ NC leaders trade jabs after Cooper won’t answer more questions

Gov. Roy Cooper's administration on Monday refused to answer additional questions from legislators about a $57.8 million mitigation fund for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying the questions "appear to be political in nature, as well as moot."


Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Child health conditions in NC remain mixed bag in 2018

North Carolina continued to perform below average overall when it comes to health conditions for children.


In the Courts

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Trial on NC primary cancellation is in June

A trial over the legality of a North Carolina law canceling primary elections this year for state appellate court judgeships is scheduled for late spring.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Another redistricting lawsuit filed in NC – this one over Wake election districts

Organizations that have challenged North Carolina redistricting plans are going back to state court over the General Assembly's redrawing last year of election districts -- this time with a new lawsuit challenging four state House districts in Wake County.

WRAL-NEWS: Judges quiz attorneys on constitutional right to ‘instruct legislators’

A three-judge panel heard arguments Wednesday in a case seeking to overturn two 2016 laws on the grounds that the session in which they were introduced and passed was unconstitutional.


Justice & Public Safety

WNCN-NEWS: After auditor’s report, NC company says missing cars are accounted for

A North Carolina state auditor's report found a contractor mishandled a state program that is intended to get drunk drivers off the road and benefit schools.

DAILY ADVANCE: NC House school safety panel to meet in March

State lawmakers' new school safety committee aims to hold its first meeting in March and identify both short- and long-term steps to protect schools, a committee co-chairman told The Daily Advance Friday.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Dismissing gun law changes, a top lawmaker wants volunteer officers guarding NC schools

A 2013 North Carolina law allowing volunteer officers in schools may get more attention in the aftermath of the Florida high school massacre.

WRAL-NEWS: NC lawmaker seeks option to take guns from potential threats

A lawmaker and former judge wants to add North Carolina to the small number of states where a judge can order that firearms temporarily be taken from people deemed to be threats to the public.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Should National Guard patrol NC prisons? Lawmakers urge Gov. Cooper to consider it.

Gov. Roy Cooper should consider deploying the North Carolina National Guard to provide emergency help for the state's critically understaffed prisons, two lawmakers say.