Nov 13, 2017
NC Politics in the News
NEWS & OBSERVER: Virtual charter schools were an experiment in NC.
Should they continue to stay open?
North Carolina's two online charter schools are both considered low
performing by the state, but the leaders of the schools say they should be
allowed to stay open on a more permanent basis.
Energy & Environment
WRAL-NEWS: Testing reveals month-old GenX spill in Cape Fear River
Environmental regulators say they're investigating possible enforcement
action after discovering that Chemours spilled a GenX precursor into the
Cape Fear River in early October.
WRAL-NEWS: Forest, energy council talk EMPs, power grid
State leaders met Thursday to talk about potential threats to the state's
power grid and how emergency responders and utilities are preparing to deal
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC seeks input on Medicaid from providers and
insurers in reform initiative
State health officials are taking another step toward reform of the N.C.
Medicaid program, this time addressing requirements for physical managed
In the Courts
WRAL-NEWS: Cooper loses another round in separation of powers fight
North Carolina lawmakers have the power to give themselves the last word on
confirming Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries, a state appeals court
NEWS & OBSERVER: Senators plan full debate on N Carolina judicial
Senate Republicans on Wednesday promised full but brisk debate with outside
input on potentially dramatic changes to North Carolina's judiciary,
including new election districts or eliminating head-to-head races for
WRAL-NEWS: North Carolina man leaps from protests into politics
In 2016, Braxton Winston stood shirtless with fist raised in front of riot
police, defiantly protesting a black man's fatal shooting by a North
NEWS & OBSERVER: Democrats score big in Tuesday’s election – and
say NC is next
In Fayetteville, a Democrat unseated an incumbent Republican mayor who
scrutinized his legal troubles.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Edwards: Asheville district vote a ‘sham,’
Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a referendum question asking if
they wanted to impose a district election system on the city, but a state
senator pushing the move says the vote was "a sham."
NEWS & OBSERVER: Six LGBTQ candidates win in North Carolina – one
in Trump country
Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are
celebrating Tuesday's election as seven openly LGBTQ candidates won races
across North Carolina while other candidates made history in elections
around the country.
MORGANTON NEWS HERALD: Voters undo ‘dry’ county status
Burke County voters overwhelmingly decided to leave prohibition behind on
WTVD-NEWS: Raleigh Mayor Nany McFarlane re-elected
With all the precincts counted, Raleigh voters have chosen Nancy McFarlane
to lead the city for another term.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Democrat Vi Lyles makes history in Charlotte
Casting herself as a unifier after two years of tumult, Democrat Vi Lyles
easily defeated Republican Kenny Smith on Tuesday to become Charlotte's
first African-American female mayor.
COASTAL REVIEW: Wilmington Port seek state help on rail fix
Last year when the House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation
Planning and Long-Term Funding Solutions took a trip to the coast, members
scouted the clogged New River Inlet on shallow-draft shrimp trawlers.