Mar 5, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.

2018 Elections

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: ‘Historic day’. With all these legislative candidates, no one’s getting a free ride

For the first time in anyone's memory, nearly all 170 state legislative races in North Carolina will feature both a Republican and Democratic candidate.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Average NC teacher salary exceeds $50,000 for first time

The average salary for a North Carolina has increased to more than $50,000 a year for the first time.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Don’t arm teacher, NC school chief Mark Johnson says

The state should not ask teachers to bring firearms to class but should instead fund more trained law enforcement officers in schools, the head of the state Department of Public Instruction says.

Energy & Environment

WRAL-NEWS: How ‘North Carolina’ got erased from Atlantic Coast Pipeline fund

Over six weeks of negotiation, a deal to bring $57.8 million to North Carolina as part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project morphed from an agreement between the pipeline partnership and the state to a deal between the partnership and Gov. Roy Cooper.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Have we been eating GenX in our food for years?

So far, nobody knows whether GenX may have been contaminating crops and livestock for years around the Chemours plant, where the compound is made.

Health Care

NC HEALTH NEWS: Behavioral plan still needs refining

Sometime in the coming two years, North Carolina's Medicaid program will go from being the fee-for-service plan that it's been for more than 50 years to being run by large managed care companies.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Cardinal proceeds with health initiative worth $3.8 million

The state's health secretary told legislators Wednesday that Cardinal Innovations' new board of directors is proceeding with an enhanced behavioral health community initiative worth at least $3.8 million.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: NC Supreme Court to consider Senate confirmation law

The constitutionality of another law that gave more power to the North Carolina General Assembly at the expense of Gov. Roy Cooper will be settled at the state Supreme Court.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Court: Medicaid providers didn’t exhaust government appeals

North Carolina's highest court has decided a lawsuit filed by medical offices that treat state Medicaid patients over a new billing system they say failed to pay them can't go to trial.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: GOP defendants protest $124K bill from election map special master

Republican legislative defendants in North Carolina's racial gerrymandering case say state taxpayers should not have to pay the full $124,125 bill from a special master in the federal lawsuit.

ABC-13 NEWS: Special election suggested for some House districts

An attorney leading another challenge to North Carolina legislative districts wants Wake County House boundaries changed for this year's elections, but a lawyer for Republican state lawmakers says it's too late for that.

Justice & Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: A count turned up more than 15,000 untested rape kits in NC. Here’s what might be next.

Attorney General Josh Stein announced Wednesday that the state had 15,160 untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, and is now recommending the General Assembly create a committee to determine how best to handle the kits and how to prevent such a backlog from occurring ever again.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC lawmakers seek answers for jail inmate deaths

State lawmakers at a committee meeting Wednesday asked about ways North Carolina jails could reduce inmate deaths, particularly in cases where evidence showed inmates were denied needed medications.

Local Government

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Guilford County commissioners OK plan to publish public notices on county website instead of on newspaper websites

Public notices will begin appearing on the Guilford County website instead of on newspaper websites, county commissioners decided Thursday night.