Feb 19, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.

Business & Regulations

NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina legislators cautious on more online sales

Legislators sounded cautious and divided Thursday about the North Carolina lottery's latest pitch to expand online sales, with some worried it could cannibalize ticket sales at convenience stores and complicate flushing out illegal video sweepstakes parlors.

Economic Development

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC must do a better job educating workers to land firms like Amazon, Cooper says

North Carolina has to do a better job of educating its workforce if the state wants to land major employers like Amazon.


WRAL-NEWS: Cooper backing class size measure despite ‘political attacks and power grabs’

In a blistering attack on the Republican-controlled legislature, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper accused lawmakers Wednesday of violating an order of the North Carolina Supreme Court and manufacturing a dispute over a fund tied to a natural gas pipeline.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC lawmakers will consider dividing school districts, including Wake County

State lawmakers will begin studying this week how to break up North Carolina school districts, potentially paving the way for splitting large school systems like Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Energy & Environment

WRAL-NEWS: Chief of staff says Cooper never would have decided pipeline fund grants

Gov. Roy Cooper's office shed a bit more light Thursday on a $57.8 million pipeline fund that he and state legislative leaders have tussled over, saying it grew from talks among eastern North Carolina developers concerned about the cost of hooking into the natural gas pipeline.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Can a rare law prevent GenX lawsuits? Probably not

Legislative tweaks made in recent years to a rare law that limits when legal claims can be filed in contamination cases will likely benefit residents around the Fayetteville Works plant at the center of GenX cases, said a North Carolina environmental law expert.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC hits Chemours with another violation notice

State regulators have slapped Chemours with second a notice of violation, according to a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) release.

Health Care

NC HEALTH NEWS: Health officials alarmed at uptick in teen vaping

Six years after North Carolina legislators eliminated funding for teen tobacco cessation programs, health officials are noting a sharp uptick in the number of kids using nicotine products.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Treasurer to UNC Health Care: Put up $1 billion to guarantee cost savings

NC Treasurer Dale Folwell is asking UNC Health Care to put up a $1 billion bond to back its promise to cut medical costs after UNC creates a business partnership with Charlotte's Atrium Health.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: State Board of Education makes its case to be let out of Leandro lawsuit

Judge David Lee heard arguments from attorneys for the State Board of Education on why they think they should no longer be defendants in the long-running Leandro education case.

Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: Moore to create school safety committee

In the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore plans to appoint a committee next week to come up with plans to improve school safety in the state, his spokesman said Friday.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: North Carolina still unsure how often police leave rape kits untested

The state Department of Justice is preparing a report to go to lawmakers next month detailing to what extent DNA evidence has been left untested in rape kits statewide.

WRAL-NEWS: Mass shooting prompt call for accessible emergency exits

One day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday demanded more accountability from merchants and building owners to ensure exits can be easily accessed during an emergency such as an active shooter situation.

Local Government

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Guilford commissioners move forward on publishing public notices

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners moved Thursday night to end a long-standing practice of publishing public notices in newspapers, switching the notices to a county-run website.


DURHAM HERALD SUN: Chapel Hill, Hillsborough forced to sacrifice in light rail funding bid. Here’s why.

Durham officials used an unusual move recently to remove Chapel Hill's bus rapid transit (BRT) plans from the queue for state funding to give the $3.3 billion Durham-Orange light rail project a better shot.