Dec 11, 2017
NC Politics in the News
Energy & Environment
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: GenX shows up in Robeson farmer’s honey
GenX has been found in a food product for the first time. Honey collected
by a Robeson County farmer has tested for levels of GenX nearly 15 times
higher than the health goal set by state officials, a N.C. Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) official told the N.C. Secretaries' Science
Advisory on Monday.
COASTAL REVIEW ONLINE: Limited GenX data, public messaging at issue
After a three-hour set of briefings, numerous questions and a discussion of
next steps, a 16-member state science panel last week approved a plan to
deal with some of the thornier issues arising from the release of studies
showing elevated levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River and the drinking
water drawn from it.
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: DEQ monitoring private wells for GenX
State regulators continue to expand their probe into GenX found in private
wells around the Fayetteville Works and the role they suspect air emissions
from the plant played in that contamination.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Why weren’t any historically black colleges picked
for NC’s new Teaching Fellows program?
Lawmakers are questioning why some schools, including historically black
colleges and universities, weren't chosen to host a new state program
designed to train future teachers.
NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: Mental health providers get ready to add
physical care to services
As North Carolina Medicaid changes from being the current fee-for-service
system in the next two years to be a one run by large managed care
organizations, leaders in the mental health system will have to rethink how
they deliver care.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Work begins to form new board for Cardinal
Innovations, which oversees behavioral health providers
State health officials and the 20 counties covered by the Cardinal
Innovations network are forming a nominating committee for a new Cardinal
board of directors.
In the Courts
NEWS & OBSERVER: Who is in charge of North Carolina’s public
schools? NC Supreme Court will decide.
The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear a court case to decide who
should have control over North Carolina's public schools.
WRAL-NEWS: Senators weigh alternates to head-to-head judicial elections
A national judicial reform group and a North Carolina law school leader on
Wednesday backed altering the state's current method of selecting judges,
offering options to legislators focusing more on appointments and
confirmations and less on current head-to-head elections.
Justice & Public Safety
WRAL-NEWS: Top lawmakers demand NC resume carrying out executions
Two days after prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty
against four inmates charged in a failed escape at Pasquotank Correctional
Institution that left four prison workers dead, legislative leaders called
Friday for executions to resume in North Carolina.
GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Guilford commissioners delay decision on
change to public notice publication
Guilford County commissioners pushed to January a public hearing on whether
to take over publishing public notices, responding to the request of local
newspaper publishers who wanted more time to discuss the issue.
WUNC-NEWS: NC Ag Department to ask legislature for $13M for military
The state Agriculture Department plans to ask the legislature for $13
million to help buffer military bases from encroaching development.