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Oct 22, 2012

NC Politics in the News - October 22, 2012

Both of the top candidates for governor say they want to make big changes in the way North Carolina handles road projects, changes that might strengthen the hand of its cities.
 
North Carolina voters will decide whether the state superintendent of public instruction for the next four years should be an educator.
 
On a hot September afternoon, Mike Causey was on stage in Greenville to prep the crowd for Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential hopeful.
 
Republican Steve Troxler and Democrat Walter Smith are vying to take control of a state agency that oversees North Carolina’s largest industry. But the two candidates for agriculture commissioner seem more alike than different at first.
 
The question of qualifications defines the race for the state auditor post. Democrat Beth Wood, who is seeking a second term, is a certified public accountant – an accreditation held by every state auditor in recent memory. Her Republican challenger, Debra Goldman, a member of the Wake County school board, is not.
 
Republican Cherie Berry points to one chart to demonstrate why she believes she deserves a fourth term as the state’s labor commissioner.
 
 
 
Clarence Alexander Bender, a Democrat running for state Senate, was arrested Thursday morning in Nash County on charges of selling prescription narcotics.
 
North Carolina's highest court will soon decide whether the state can outlaw video sweepstakes parlors as gambling halls, or whether the video screens give the owners constitutional free-speech rights.
 
In what some patient advocates call a move in the right direction, the nonprofit system that owns Carolinas Medical Center and more than 30 other hospitals is suing significantly fewer patients than it did last year, new data shows.
 
Officials in Charlotte have signed a deal with the Federal Transit Administration that commits the federal government to pay for half of the construction costs for a $1.16 billion light-rail extension.
 
Road improvements needed to bring up to current safety standards the 182-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that runs through North Carolina could take up to four times longer to make without tolls, according to an official with the state Department of Public Transportation.
 
Gov. Bev Perdue will put an additional $20 million into the state preschool program, allowing 6,300 more children to enroll.
 
Seniors across North Carolina have a lot of work to do, especially in science, to be ready for college, results of the first-ever statewide ACT testing show.
 
Industry tours of Pennsylvania fracking sites last fall left North Carolina lawmakers giddy over advanced technologies, best practices and the economic promise of natural gas exploration. Riding that wave of optimism, the state legislature narrowly voted this summer to start the process of legalizing fracking in North Carolina.
 
 
 
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