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Nov 26, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC schools chief offered a $250 prize to take a survey, and 22,000 parents responded
State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson is offering parents a chance to win $250 if they take an online survey about student testing, which critics are calling a public relations stunt.


 

Environment

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: N.C. environmental chief: Chemical maker must change its ways
The largest penalty a polluter has paid North Carolina should change the way one of the country’s biggest chemical companies makes compounds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said appear dangerous even in small amounts, the state’s top environmental official said Friday.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC: ‘Little-to-no’ research about new chemicals found by UNCW
North Carolina will revisit its provisional health goal for GenX in the state’s drinking water once the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finishes assessing its draft toxicity assessment, a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesman said.


Healthcare

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC health care committee gets Medicaid status update Monday
A state Medicaid status check will dominate the likely final joint legislative healthcare committee meeting for 2018.


Transportation

WLOS: City to consider future of e-scooters in Asheville
On Monday, there's an update on the use of scooters in and around Asheville.

THE REFLECTOR: Documents for planned Outer Banks bridge delayed again
Further delays have again postponed the release of a document spelling environmental impacts, construction dates and financing for a new bridge to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: ‘A majority’ of the I-77 toll lanes will open on time. But some parts will be late
A good portion of the Interstate 77 toll lane project will be done by the end of the year, as the private contractor building the road had planned. But not all of it.


Veterans Affairs

WUNC: Veteran Population In NC Steadily Declining
North Carolina is home to two of the world’s largest military bases — the Army’s Fort Bragg and the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune — but the state’s population of veterans is steadily declining.


Voter ID

WRAL NEWS: Republicans roll out voter ID bill
General Assembly Republicans rolled out their voter ID bill Tuesday