Mar 5, 2018
NC Politics in the News
Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
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
NEWS & OBSERVER: Average NC teacher salary exceeds $50,000 for
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Guilford County commissioners OK plan to
publish public notices on county website instead of on newspaper
Public notices will begin appearing on the Guilford County website instead
of on newspaper websites, county commissioners decided Thursday night.