Sep 11, 2017
NC Politics in the News
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Why some truckers are ‘reluctant’ to drive into
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