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Sep 4, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Economic Development

WRAL: Automotive supplier to create 109 jobs in Sanford
A Japanese company that provides industrial furnaces and heat protection equipment to the automotive and industrial machinery industries plans to open an operation in Lee County, officials said Tuesday.

WRAL: Defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton to add 200 jobs in Cumberland
National defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. plans to expand its operations to Cumberland County over the next five years, adding more than 200 jobs to the Fayetteville area in exchange for more than $2 million in state and local incentives.


Elections

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Too late to redraw NC’s congressional districts for 2018, plaintiffs agree
It is too late to redraw North Carolina’s congressional districts for the 2018 election despite a court ruling them unconstitutional, the winners in the state’s partisan gerrymandering case said Friday.


Health Care

WFAE: Nurses Say The State Hasn’t Been Reimbursing Them For Rape Kits
WFAE’s She Says podcast found that all sexual assault survivors don’t have equal access to evidence kits. A little more than half of the 121 hospitals registered to the state have programs and kits. But now, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at some of those hospitals say the state hasn’t been reimbursing them for the services they provide victims for more than a year.  

NC HEALTH NEWS: Mission and HCA Agree to Terms of Potential Sale
Mission Health’s board of directors has signed an agreement to sell the Asheville-based health system to for-profit hospital operator HCA Healthcare for $1.5 billion. The deal still has to be approved by N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein before the transaction can be finalized.

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: UNC Health Care’s response to a public records request left NC’s treasurer in the dark
North Carolina’s state treasurer, Dale Folwell, issued a press release last week applauding UNC Health Care for revealing what it charges to the 727,000 people covered by the State Health Plan, which Folwell’s office oversees.


In the Courts

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Gov. Roy Cooper loses in effort to stop Constitutional amendments; will appeal
Gov. Roy Cooper lost his lawsuit against the General Assembly on Friday, which means two controversial constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot this November — unless an appeals court rules for Cooper.


Legislative News

WRAL: Legislature promises deep dive on Cooper admin’s hurricane response, gas pipeline deal
The General Assembly created a pair of subcommittees Wednesday to take deep dives on a pair of problem areas for Gov. Roy Cooper's administration: The slow recovery from Hurricane Matthew and a fund his administration negotiated over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline natural gas project.


Transportation

WRAL: Long lines in public, but NC had driver’s license office for state employees
The state Division of Motor Vehicles ran an invitation-only driver's license bureau for state employees earlier this year as lines grew and wait times ran into hours at public locations around the state.