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Oct 15, 2012

NC Politics in the News - October 15, 2012

Republican and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has led in every publicly available poll against Democratic Lt. Governor Walter Dalton in the race for Governor.
 
A man-sized metal sculpture of an anthropomorphic hot dog with a top hat looked on as Dan Forest talked to the post-breakfast crowd at Jones Cafe on Main Street Wednesday. About ten supporters sipped coffee around a red-checked tablecloth to chew over education policy, the need for lower taxes and a sense that government isn't on their side. 
 
A Mebane city council member who's running for the state legislature is apologizing after she was charged with driving while impaired.
 
 
Gas prices are a tried and true election topic, and rising rates at the pump have prompted both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to push for oil and gas exploration off North Carolina's coast.
 
Aetna and the UNC Health Care system have settled their differences. The insurer and UNC Health severed ties in February, 2011, after contract negotiations failed.
 
North Carolina will reap almost $16 million from a national Medicaid fraud settlement involving one of the nation's largest drug makers.
 
At a UNC system strategy session Tuesday, the slide on the screen asked a provocative question: “How much education does North Carolina need?”
 
The Republican co-chairmen of the General Assembly’s Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services sent a letter last week to the secretary of the Department of Administration asking for more information about plans to consolidate DHHS workers onto a single campus.
 
When North Carolina lawmakers passed a 2010 law banning video sweepstakes machines, California-based SweepsCoach pulled out of the Tar Heel state.
 
The Charlotte City Council has directed city staff to meet with the Carolina Panthers and ask the team how much financial assistance it might need for a planned stadium renovation.
 
William Friday, a North Carolina icon and retired president of the University of North Carolina system, has died at the age of 92.
 
Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, will be sworn in at noon on Monday to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Larry Brown, R-Forsyth, who died Aug. 16.
 
 
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