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Apr 10, 2017

NC Politics in the News

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Education board approves new reading and writing guidelines

State-approved guidelines that teachers will begin using in 2018 aim to help public-school students learn to read, write and interpret literature.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Will teaching fellows make a comeback?

Doug Cutshall isn’t sure he could have afforded college without the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program.

WRAL-NEWS: NC superintendent announces reading program, new early learning position

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson unveiled a statewide reading initiative Monday called NC Reads, which will focus on giving young students more access to books, even during the summer.

Election Reform

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: House Oks elections, ethics rewrite; Cooper threatens veto

The state House voted along party lines Thursday to retool a Republican law struck down by a court that combined elections and ethics duties into one board, which its chief proponent says he hopes would settle the matter without legal appeals.

Energy & the Environment

DURHAM HERALD SUN: House approves latest deregulation bill

Easing regulations on the environment, businesses and government is once again the intent of this year's deregulation bill in the General Assembly, which the state House tentatively approved on Wednesday evening.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House Republicans file bill to expand Medicaid

Four Republicans in the state House have filed a bill to extend Medicaid health-insurance coverage to more adults, and to charge hospitals to help pay for it.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Federal officials seek dismissal of NC legislators’ challenge to Cooper’s Medicaid expansion plan

U.S. Justice Department officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the legislative leaders who challenged Gov. Roy Cooper's attempt to expand Medicaid.

WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL: NC bill would raise legal vaping and smoking age to 21, some exceptions included

A bipartisan group of House members, led by Rep. Donny Lambeth, are testing the winds of socioeconomic change in North Carolina with a bill that would raise the smoking and vaping age to 21.

In the Courts

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Federal judge rules Greensboro redistricting by NC GA in unconstitutional

When voters in Greensboro consider City Council candidates this fall, they will do so with the same district makeup they used in 2015.

Justice & Public Safety

FOX-8 NEWS: Bill would require NC officers to wear body cameras, change policies

A bill introduced Wednesday in Raleigh would require police officers and sheriff's deputies in larger counties to wear body cameras to record traffic stops and their other public encounters.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Lawmakers look to fast-track overhaul of NC child welfare system

Sponsors of a bill filed to overhaul the state's child welfare system say they hope to address a "child welfare crisis" and tackle a number of problems in the state's foster care system.

WRAL-NEWS: Domestic violence homicides could be tried as first-degree murder cases under bill

When someone is killed by a current or former spouse or partner, the suspect is often charged with second-degree murder.

Leadership Changes

SPECTRUM NEWS: Cooper rounds out cabinet with Revenue, IT Secretaries

Gov. Roy Cooper has rounded out his Cabinet by elevating two state government executives to oversee tax collections and information technology.

WILKES JOURNAL PATRIOT: New UNC board members elected

The UNC Board of Governors will have eight new members and four incumbents for 12 seats, following an election by the legislature that saw more turnover than usual.

Taxes & Revenue

WRAL-NEWS: Tax compliance flap shakes up craft beer debate

Comments by the Department of Revenue's lead auditor took lawmakers by surprise and derailed a bill that would add new reporting requirements for small breweries during a meeting of the House Finance Committee Thursday morning.

WFAE-NEWS: NC Senate passes tax cut bill with catchy name

On Wednesday the North Carolina Senate passed a tax cut bill with a catchy name.


DURHAM HERALD SUN: Durham-Orange light-rail costs could delay Durham-Wake commuter rail

The rising costs of the Durham-Orange light rail project may delay plans for a 37-mile commuter-rail line connecting Wake and Durham counties.

WRAL NEWS: Deaf driver’s license bill passes NC House

N.C. House lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a new system to help law enforcement identify people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Bill would make hands-free calling the law for NC motorists

Motorists would have to use hands-free devices for cell phones while driving under a bill sponsored by N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover.