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.


Health Care

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.


Judicial Redistricting

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.


Local Government

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 buffers

The state Agriculture Department plans to ask the legislature for $13 million to help buffer military bases from encroaching development.