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Feb 29, 2016

NC Politics in the News

2016 Elections & Congressional Redistricting

NEWS & RECORD: Judge revises proposed court schedule in NC redistricting case
A federal judge gave opponents to North Carolina's congressional redistricting maps until Monday to outline their objections.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Redistricting plaintiffs ask federal judges to act quickly
Critics of the congressional redistricting process that took place in 2011, and who successfully sued to overturn it on the basis of racial gerrymandering, on Monday filed a brief in federal court saying they don't like the new map, either..

WSOC-TV: State Sen. Brock is candidate for new 13th District
A North Carolina Republican state senator says he'll run to represent the reshaped 13th Congressional District in which he now lives.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: N.C. House District 107: Alexander faces retired Army physician in primary
A retired Army physician is challenging a four-term incumbent with deep political ties to Charlotte in a Democratic primary March 15 that will likely decide the next representative in N.C. House District 107.

NEWS & RECORD: Republican Jon Hardister ‘’strongly leaning toward’ running for Congress in 13th District
Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, is "strongly leaning toward" running for Congress in the newly created 13th District.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: McCrory wants redistricting changes, praises new maps
State legislators "made the best of a bad situation" when they adopted new U.S. House districts for North Carolina last week but the argument over the districts illustrates the need for a nonpartisan redistricting process, Gov. Pat McCrory said.

Economy & Economic Development

NEWS & OBSERVER: N.C. scores high in gender wage gap; low in hunger, insurance coverage
North Carolina scored 39th among the 50 states in terms of the poverty rate, a new analysis by the Center for American Progress released Tuesday finds.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Downtowns get surprise funding from state budget
In the final hours of budget negotiations last year, House leaders added $1.25 million for "downtown revitalization" in 13 towns, most of which were represented by powerful legislators or close allies of Speaker Tim Moore.

WILMINGTON STARNEWS: Historic preservation tax credits prompt new work on old buildings
Since being officially revived on Jan. 1, North Carolina's historic preservation tax credits are showing signs of life.

NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake among new N.C. film grant recipients
A planned remake of the movie "Dirty Dancing" will start filming within two months in the North Carolina mountains, thanks to a $4 million grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Sales tax on auto repairs, dozens of other services starts Tuesday
New sales taxes will take effect across North Carolina on Tuesday, adding to the cost of services including car repairs and appliance installations.

WRAL: N.C. looks at shedding tiers to boost rural economic development
After using a three-tier system for three decades to funnel state funds to the poorest North Carolina counties, the state Department of Commerce is now urging lawmakers to adopt a system to better reflect the economic strength of each county.

Education

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Charter growth in Mecklenburg expected to outstrip CMS 5 to 1
Mecklenburg County's public school enrollment is expected to grow by 3,200 students next year. And for every one that chooses Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the district expects five to pick charter schools.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Matthews mayor: It’s time to explore a suburban split from CMS
Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said Wednesday that concerns about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools busing have pushed him to explore a separate suburban school district.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: State-funded school voucher program sees swell in applications
A state-funded program that helps low-income families pay for private school tuition has received more than 1,700 applications since Feb. 1, when it opened processing for the vouchers for the coming school year.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Teacher check under state review
Policy researchers for the legislature are requesting information on how school districts check the background of teacher applicants and volunteers, a move that comes after officials vowed to strengthen checks to better safeguard children.

Public Safety

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Prosecutors: Apple phone battle could aid N.C. investigations
If the FBI wins its fight to force Apple to hack a cell phone, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina say they'll seek similar help unlocking phones in criminal cases.

Transportation

WITN: Preliminary work on Bonner Bridge scheduled to begin
Preliminary work is beginning on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks. Officials with the state Transportation Department say PCL Constructors will begin preliminary work on the bridge Tuesday, weather permitting.


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