Government

McCrory announces oversight plan for Duke Energy's ash ponds

April 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to ask state legislators for broader authority over the handling of coal-ash at Duke Energy's 33 ash ponds in North Carolina. McCrory, a former Duke Energy employee, wants site-specific plans that would remove ash from some ponds while leaving others drained and capped and would require more frequent inspections. 

State says charter schools must reveal salaries

April 16, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Reversing a previous statement, the N.C. Board of Education now says charter schools must disclose how tax dollars are spent, including salaries. State Superintendent June Atkinson said that when the N.C. Department of Instruction said in March that charter schools did not need to publicly reveal salaries, the agency's attorneys had misunderstood the question.

Pay increases for veteran teachers unlikely this year

April 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

GOP legislators say it is unlikely that North Carolina educators will receive across-the-board salary increases this year. Some Democrats say the reason is the recent tax overhaul that will leave the state with $2.4 billion less in revenue over the next five years. State employees and teachers have had one pay increase since 2008.

McCrory, Decker announce new workforce-development initiative

April 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced the launch of NCWorks, a workforce-development initiative to be developed over the next 12 months that will connect businesses with potential employees.

Charlotte will pay $1.3 million for PCB cleanup

April 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council approved $1.3 million for testing and decontamination of PCBs found in the city's sewer system in February. The toxic chemicals were first linked to a grocery store grease trap and have been detected at two water treatment plants. 

Mitchell drops out of congressional race for Watt's seat

April 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Citing an inability to raise enough money and a crowded ticket, former Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell has dropped out of the 12th Congressional District race. He was one of six Democrats vying for the seat previously held by Mel Watt. 

Taxi company with exclusive airport contract gave money to Cannon's campaign

April 14, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A cab company that was one of only three allowed to operate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport gave $28,000 to Patrick Cannon's mayoral campaign, 10% of his overall fundraising total.

Committee to finish report on teacher pay, retention

April 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A state legislative committee that studied teacher effectiveness, compensation and how to retain skilled teachers will finalize its report for the N.C. General Assembly today after seeking input from local school district leaders. 

US Chamber of Commerce to support Tillis in Senate race

April 11, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will endorse N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Dem. Sen. Kay Hagan. The group joins anti-abortion group National Right to LIfe, which said earlier this week it is also backing Tillis.

NC rejects Raleigh's bid for Dix property, proposes counter-offer

April 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state has rejected Raleigh's offer to buy the 308-acre property that was home to Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital, saying it wants to keep a 64-acre portion of the land and sell the rest for $52 million.