May 22, 2017
NC Politics in the News
NEWS & OBSERVER: Governor’s School alums appeal to keep state money
for the enrichment program
Devoted alumni of a high school summer enrichment program -- who don't want
this year's class to be the last - are flooding state legislators with
testimonials on how the experience changed their lives.
WFDD-NEWS: NC lawmakers advance bill that would raise money for school
A proposal in the legislature could give public schools in the state much
needed funding for capital improvements.
WWAY-TV NEWS: Gov. cooper announces $31 million grant to fight opioid
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that North Carolina has received a $31
million federal grant to help address the opioid epidemic.
WNCN-NEWS: Cooper in DC to push for more Matthew aid after 99 percent
denied by federal government
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is visiting the nation’s capital to speak at
a conference organized by a liberal advocacy group before huddling with the
state’s congressional delegation to redouble efforts to obtain more federal
Hurricane Matthew relief.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cooper vows executive order to expand
Gov. Roy Cooper vowed Tuesday to act on his own to improve LGBT protections
in North Carolina, where he faces criticism for compromising with
Republicans to partially repeal a law limiting anti-discrimination
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC hospitals fight legislative effort to open up
health care market to competitors
Jay Singleton, an eye surgeon in New Bern, has grown increasingly
frustrated that there is just one surgical facility serving patients in his
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Mental health agency denies lavish spending in
A regional managed care mental health agency that receives taxpayer funds
spent excessively on salaries for top executives, conferences and Christmas
parties, a state audit said Thursday, but Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Solutions defended its actions as lawful.
NEWS & OBSERVER: With patients waiting, new beds stay empty at
For the last nine months, more than 100 beds for patients who need acute
psychiatric care in Eastern North Carolina have stayed empty, even as
patients wait for treatment.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Fighting to spare mental health from NC budget
Advocates for people with mental illnesses are fighting to save regional
mental health offices from state budget cuts they say jeopardize plans for
better community care.
WRAL-NEWS: Senate budget would cut off food aid to 133,000
An estimated 133,000 people in North Carolina would lose access to
government food assistance programs under a provision tucked into the
Senate budget approved last week.
NC HEALTH NEWS: Budget axe aims at Wright School - again
People in the mental health community are reacting to the news that for the
sixth time budget writers in the North Carolina Senate have eliminated
funding for the Wright School, a Durham-based facility serving kids with
severe mental and behavioral health problems.
In the Courts
NEWS & OBSERVER: US Supreme Court agrees NC lawmakers created
illegal congressional district maps in 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina lawmakers relied
too heavily on race when drawing congressional districts in 2011, affirming
a lower-court ruling that forced legislators to create new maps last year.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Angry Charlotte craft brewers take fight to court,
Hoping to win in court what they lost in the General Assembly, two
Charlotte craft brewers sued the state of North Carolina Monday, arguing
that state laws that limit their production are unconstitutional.
Justice & Public Safety
WRAL-NEWS: Budget provision limiting ALE, ABC law enforcement powers
Criticism continues to mushroom over a provision in the Senate budget that
would limit the law enforcement powers of state Alcohol Law Enforcement
agents and county Alcoholic Beverage Control officers.
GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: NC lawmakers weight expanding rights of
More than 20 years ago, North Carolina voters first enshrined the rights of
crime victims in the state Constitution to talk with prosecutors, speak in
court when their assailants are sentenced and learn when they're released
WRAL-NEWS: Opponents raise concerns, but ‘raise the age’ proposal
The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of legislation that would
end North Carolina's practice of trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for
WRAL-NEWS: Small cell tower compromise moves ahead
An industry-backed proposal to limit local regulation of small cell tower
installation is moving ahead in the North Carolina House, but the latest
version preserves some local oversight.
NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘Grill bill’ heads to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk ahead
of Memorial Day
Legislation allowing restaurants to cook on outdoor grills is headed to the
governor's desk after a final Senate vote Thursday.
WSOC-CHARLOTTE: $1.36M fine levied on I-77 toll lane contractor by
The company responsible for toll lane construction on Interstate 77 has
been fined $1.36 million by the North Carolina Department of
WRAL-NEWS: Senate leaders tap brakes on ‘platooning’ trucks
State Senate leaders delayed a vote Wednesday on a bill to allow commercial
trucks to "platoon" using computer-assisted braking technology, saying the
measure may be too permissive.
WRAL-NEWS: House eyes driver retraining school
A measure in the state House would require drivers whose licenses are
suspended for moving violations to attend and pass a driver retraining
program to get their licenses reinstated.