Apr 10, 2017
NC Politics in the News
BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Education board approves new reading and writing
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
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.
BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: House Oks elections, ethics rewrite; Cooper
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.