Mar 27, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WINSTON- SALEM JOURNAL: State jobless rate falls slightly in February
North Carolina's unemployment rate for February has dropped to 5.1 percent.
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: New Hanover legislators propose big increase in
NC film grant program
The state's film grant program would nearly double to $55 million annually
under companion bills filed Thursday by New Hanover County Republicans Sen.
Michael Lee and Rep. Holly Grange.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: NC House votes to cut ties to any companies that
The N.C. House voted 88-21 Thursday to cut any business ties North Carolina
might have with companies that boycott Israel.
BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: More standardized final exams would go away in
Some North Carolina legislators are advancing a bill that would eliminate
more standardized exams for public school students, many of them in high
NEWS & OBSERVER: Former lawmakers, former Raleigh mayor among
nominees for UNC board
Ten people have been nominated in the Senate for six seats on the UNC Board
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: State GOP tries to slow wind farms in NC
North Carolina Republican lawmakers whose districts include U.S. military
bases are again seeking to slow down wind energy development in the state.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Local LGBT protections would still be banned under
draft HB2 replacement bill
Local governments wouldn't be allowed to pass nondiscrimination ordinances
that specifically protect LGBT people under a draft proposal for
replacement of House Bill 2.
WRAL-NEWS: House set to vote on cancer donation bill
State House lawmakers will vote Monday night on a new way for people to
donate to cancer prevention -- on their income tax form.
WRAL-EWS: Ophthalmologists say patient safety at risk if optometrists
perform eye surgery
North Carolina ophthalmologists are fighting back against a proposal to
allow optometrists to perform some types of eye surgery in the state.
In the Courts
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Veto override means voters will know judges’ party
Voters casting ballots for judges next year will know the political parties
of the candidates.
Justice & Public Safety
WITN-NEWS: Partial rewrite of criminal gang law clears House
The state House has agreed to a partial rewrite of North Carolina's
criminal gang law that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute gang
members and those who are directing violence.
State & Local Government
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cooper restores state worker association
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has essentially reversed an order by his
Republican predecessor that scaled back benefits for North Carolina's chief
state employee union.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Cabinet pick advances through turbulent confirmation
Former state legislator Susi Hamilton became the first Cabinet secretary to
run into turbulence in a confirmation hearing Thursday, when a Senate
committee recommended her nomination on a split vote.
CAROLINA JOURNAL: Sanders confirmed unanimously to run Department of
A Senate committee clearly impressed with the governor's choice of Machelle
Sanders as a Cabinet secretary on Tuesday unanimously recommended her
nomination be confirmed.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC regulators reject proposed auto insurance hike
New state insurance commissioner, same old result.
WRAL-NEWS: House votes to remove helmet requirement for autocycles
Members of the state House have voted to allow drivers of three-wheeled
autocycles to hit the road without wearing a helmet, even if the vehicle
has no roof.
WNCN-NEWS: NC Senate advances school bus cameras to catch dangerous
The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras
and issuing monetary penalties based on photos or video is advancing again
at the North Carolina General Assembly.