Mar 19, 2018
NC Politics in the News
Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
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
North Carolina Democratic legislators want Republican colleagues to locate
funds to help businesses attach to an expected natural gas pipeline in
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
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
In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that
excluded 16- and 17-year-old offenders from being tried as a adults for
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.
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.