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Mar 7, 2016

NC Politics in the News

2016 Elections

WRAL-NEWS: Federal court rejects challenge to Wake County districts
A federal judge has rejected challenges to how North Carolina lawmakers redrew the maps for Wake County school board and county commissioners races.

NEWS & OBSERVER: New N.C. congressional maps challenged in federal court
The voters who convinced a three-judge panel that two of North Carolina's congressional districts were racial gerrymanders contend in a court document filed late Monday that new maps drawn in February by the General Assembly are no better.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Crowded house: Three more legislators express interest in the 13th District
Three more elected officials are considering a run for U.S. Congress in the newly drawn 13th District, adding experience and competition to what is expected to be a crowded field. Rep. Cecil Brockman, D-Guilford, Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, and Guilford County Commissioner Hank Henning, a Republican, confirmed that they are each considering the seat.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Primary challenged to N.C. House leaders show depth of GOP split
In primary contests for the state House this year, observers see a referendum on the Republican establishment.

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: N.C. schools facing teacher recruitment and retention challenge
Higher education and K-12 educators said Wednesday that more needs to be done to recruit and retain North Carolina teachers at a time when fewer students want to enter the profession and those who are in the classroom are less experienced.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Spellings era starts with changed; staff restructuring is ahead
New UNC system President Margaret Spellings said Friday that her top legislative priority will be performance pay, and she wants a delay in the mandated "guaranteed admission program" that would divert some UNC system students to community colleges.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Medicaid reform in N.C. has health care systems juggling best path for services
The state’s largest health care systems have been caught in a logistical tug-of-war after legislators proposed a hybrid strategy for handling the biggest piece of Medicaid reform.

Insurance

WRAL-NEWS: Trucking firms claim N.C. residency to get lower insurance rates
Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants state lawmakers to tighten regulations over commercial vehicle insurance, saying some out-of-state trucking companies are claiming in-state residency to obtain lower insurance rates.

Public Safety

FOX-46: 4-month delay in handgun purchase permits in Mecklenburg county
Purchasing a handgun in Mecklenburg County could take four months.

Transportation

WBTV: NCDOT taking steps to ‘reassess’ Cintra contract after TX road bankruptcy
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it is reassessing its contract with the company contracted to build toll lanes along I-77 after another road the company operates declared bankruptcy.

SHELBY STAR: Gov. McCrory announces $50 million in state-wide highway safety projects
Gov. Pat McCrory announced that $50 million will be dedicated to improving highway safety and reducing the number of traffic accidents throughout North Carolina.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NCDOT awards contract to build final stretch of widened I-85 in Rowan, Cabarrus
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $108 million contract to a Connecticut company to build the final section of the Interstate 85 widening project in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.


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