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Sep 11, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC students improve on state exams, and more are graduating from high school

Fewer than half of North Carolina's elementary and middle school students tested last spring were ready to tackle both reading and math in the next grade, according to a snapshot released Thursday of how the state's public schools are doing.

NEWS & OBSERVER: New NC education plan remains focused on standardized tests

Despite pledges to try to cut back on high-stakes standardized testing, North Carolina schools will continue to largely be evaluated based on how well their students perform on state exams.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Which low-performing NC schools could be taken over by a charter school operator

North Carolina is moving closer to turning over two low-performing elementary schools to a charter school operator in 2018 after identifying Thursday which 48 schools are under consideration for the program.

Elections

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Asheville candidate fundraising highest since 2011; Goldstein raises $33,353

More than a month before the Asheville City Council primary, the top fundraising candidate, Jeremy Goldstein, has already brought in more than $33,000, the most banked at this point by any contender in at least the last four elections.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: In final mayoral debate, sparks fly over Scott shooting, affordable housing

With less than a week before the primary, state Sen. Joel Ford repeatedly attacked incumbent Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts during a televised debate Wednesday night, and the senator also criticized Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, who has usually avoided confrontation during the campaign.

WRAL-NEWS: NC turns over some data to Trump voter fraud panel

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has supplied publicly available voter data to a commission set up by President Donald Trump to investigate voter fraud.

NEWS & OBSERVER: While Cooper and lawmakers struggle in court, NC local elections can proceed

Elections boards in 16 counties received relief late Friday from the state Supreme Court that allows them to prepare for local elections without all their members.

Energy & the Environment

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC, Chemours strike deal on toxic GenX

A Bladen County judge late Friday approved a partial consent order between Chemours and the state of North Carolina governing the release of GenX and other fluoridated compounds from the company's Fayetteville Works site.

From the Governor’s Office

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper administration files to move Confederate monuments from Capitol

Gov. Roy Cooper's administration formally petitioned the state's Historical Commission Friday in an effort to remove three Confederate monuments from the Capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Joining attorney general, Gov. Cooper forced to make cuts, too

While many Republican-led institutions saw spending increases in times of fiscal plenty this year, Gov. Roy Cooper was forced to make significant cuts that critics of the GOP-controlled legislature say were designed to punish the state's top Democrat.

Health Care

WFAE-NEWS: Cooper renews calls for NC leaders to tackle opioid abuse

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is repeating calls for substantive action to be taken to stem the number of opioid overdoses in North Carolina, which has steadily grown alongside national trends in the last 20 years.

Transportation

NEWS & OBSERVER: Why some truckers are ‘reluctant’ to drive into North Carolina

North Carolina is facing a shortage of parking spaces for truck drivers to rest, making some drivers "reluctant" to travel through the state, according to a study presented Wednesday to the N.C. Board of Transportation.