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Jul 16, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Education

WRAL NEWS: State law gives one county more flexibility to run schools
North Carolina has a new law to give a school district more flexibility if it has a lot of struggling schools – and the law applies only to Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Gov. Cooper unhappy constitution amendments on ballot, not bond
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday the Republican-controlled legislature should have put a statewide school bond package on ballots this fall, rather than several constitutional amendments that he considers "bad government."


Economic Development

INSURANCE JOURNAL: North Carolina Estimates $30M Economic Impact from Insurance Captives
The North Carolina captive insurance program, established in 2013, had an estimated $30 million impact on the state in 2017, according to a statement from the North Carolina Insurance Department.


Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Democrats tout ‘unprecedented’ cash haul ahead of midterm elections
Republicans control the North Carolina legislature, but Democrats have a record amount of cash to help their candidates gain power this fall.


Environment

WECT: Environmental advocates discuss wood pellet industry’s impact on humans and the environment
Environmental advocacy groups gathered Friday to discuss the impact of the wood pellet industry on climate and public health during a boat ride on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Environmental group files lawsuit over GenX emissions
North Carolina environmental group has filed a lawsuit asking the state to order Chemours to immediately halt all discharges of GenX.

DAILY ADVANCE: No more turbines at wind farm
No more wind turbines should be added to the Amazon Wind Farm US East that straddles Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, a new military study recommends.


General Government

FOX 8: City council is set to vote Monday on whether the Republican National Convention will come to Charlotte in 2020
City council is set to vote Monday on whether the Republican National Convention will come to Charlotte in 2020.WSOC reported that the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte had an economic impact of $163 million.


Healthcare

WNCT: NC town using robots to test wastewater for opioid consumption
Cities across the country are finding new and innovative ways to combat opioid addiction. One town in North Carolina is using robots to assess the crisis.

BUSINESS WIRE: UNC Health Care First in NC to Integrate EHR with NC Controlled Substance Reporting System
In late June, UNC Health Care became the first organization in North Carolina to integrate its Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) system with the NC Controlled Substance Reporting System, a giant step forward in empowering the system’s physicians to address the opioid epidemic.


In the Courts

SPECTRUM NEWS: After Kennedy's retirement, what's next for North Carolina's gerrymandering case?
Lawyers arguing North Carolina's partisan redistricting case hope it will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. If that happens, it could be heard by a new justice.


Justice & Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: Prison workers were careless with drugs — now NC taxpayers are footing the bill
Prison officials in North Carolina have agreed to pay the federal government nearly $200,000 in order to wrap up an investigation into the improper handling of drugs inside two Raleigh prisons.