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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.