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Early voting period begins today

October 23, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Early voting begins today in all 100 counties in North Carolina for people who registered to vote by the Oct. 10 deadline. The early voting period runs through midday Nov. 1. Main-in absentee ballots should be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 4.

 

Report reveals 18 years of academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill

October 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An investigation into academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill revealed an 18-year scheme based on a system of no-show classes for student athletes. Following the report's release, Chancellor Carol Folt said four university employees will be terminated and another five will face disciplinary action.

Bald Head Island gets permit to build terminal groin

October 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management issued a permit that will allow Bald Head Island to construct a terminal groin to prevent erosion. Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach and Figure Eight Island are also seeking permission to build erosion-control structures.

Berger to file bill protecting state officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriage

October 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger will introduce a bill that would protect magistrates, registrars of deeds and other employees who refuse to officiate at same-sex weddings if it violates their religious beliefs. A magistrate from Rockingham County quit his job because he said marrying same-sex couples compromises his religious beliefs.
Related: Swain County magistrate resigns over personal objection to same-sex marriage

Turnout is key in US Senate race

October 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Both incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis say turnout is the key in the tight race for U.S. Senate. In addition to spending millions of dollars on radio, TV and Internet advertising, both campaigns have volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors to try to sway undecided voters.

Report on academic fraud at UNC to be released Wednesday

October 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Investigators will present report findings in the academic fraud case involving student athletes at UNC Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Following a closed session with the board of trustees and the UNC Board of Governors, attorney Kenneth Wainstein will hold a press conference with Chancellor Carol Folt and UNC system president Tom Ross.

Review panel says Common Core too hard for some students

October 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Some members of the review commission tasked with replacing Common Core academic standards in North Carolina's public schools say the the rigorous standards are not age-appropriate and are too hard for some students.

Campaign spending could top $103 million in Hagan-Tillis race

October 20, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The race between incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis could become the most expensive U.S. Senate race ever. Campaign spending could top $103 million, according to public records and statements from donors.

GOP legislators to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

October 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger will appeal a federal judge's decision this week that made same-sex marriage legal in North Carolina.
Related: NC employers expand benefits after gay marriage ruling

McCrory condemns plain-packaging laws for cigarettes in France, Ireland

October 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory asked officials in France and Ireland to reconsider new cigarette-packaging restrictions that would replace company logos with standardized lettering and anti-smoking slogans and photos. The regulation is "a direct assault on intellectual property and trademarks," McCrory said in a letter to the French ambassador.