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Mar 19, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC should close charter schools that aren't diverse, new report says

North Carolina's traditional public schools are becoming more segregated and charter schools are partly to blame, according to a new report from the left-leaning N.C. Justice Center.


Energy & Environment

THE ROBESONIAN: GOP leaders ask schools help on ACP fund

Republican leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly have written school leaders in Robeson County seeking their support in lobbying Gov. Roy Cooper to bring $7.5 million to the county schools.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Democratic legislators seek money for pipeline attachments

North Carolina Democratic legislators want Republican colleagues to locate funds to help businesses attach to an expected natural gas pipeline in eastern counties.

STATE PORT PILOT: Offshore drilling: will Brunswick commissioners favor, oppose or straddle the fence?

When Brunswick County commissioners meet Monday, they are expected to vote on a proposed resolution against seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast.


Health and Human Services

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: N Carolina to take over child welfare office after AP story

North Carolina officials will take over a county child welfare agency that illegally removed potentially hundreds of kids from their homes.

NC HEALTH NEWS: Much-needed Social Services Reforms Underway

A 3-year-old boy drowns while in his mother’s care. A 14-month-old boy dies of malnutrition. A 14-year-old overdoses on antidepressants. These are all children who died while in the care of the social services system.


In the Courts

RICHMOND COUNTY NEWS-JOURNAL: NC Supreme Court dismisses Richmond County school board’s case over mis-spent fines

The N.C. Supreme Court has dismissed the Richmond County Board of Education’s contention that the state owes it $272,300 mis-spent on something other than schools.

WRAL: Republicans want intact lower-court ruling on election board

Republican legislative leaders want the North Carolina Supreme Court to keep intact a lower-court decision voiding only one portion of the state law creating a combined elections and ethics board.


Justice & Public Safety

THE KINSTON FREE PRESS: Schools, law enforcement, courts sign partnership agreement

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that excluded 16- and 17-year-old offenders from being tried as a adults for nonviolent offenses.


Military

GOLDSBORO NEWS-ARGUS: Senator affirms SJAFB support

A state senator from western North Carolina visited Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Wednesday and walked away with a renewed commitment to continue supporting the needs of the military in the legislature.


Transportation

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: After a decade of planning, Charlotte’s light-rail extension finally opens

Passengers cheered and clapped as Charlotte’s light-rail extension left the UNC Charlotte station at 10 a.m. Friday morning, opening the Lynx Blue line after four years of construction.

THE (ELIZABETH CITY) DAILY ADVANCE: Harbor Town Project: Prof seeks partnership on ferries

A University of North Carolina business professor made his pitch Tuesday for a system of passenger ferries that would transport visitors to harbor towns and eco- and historic tourism sites on the Albemarle Sound.