Government

Gil stepping down as dean at UNC Chapel Hill

November 21, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Karen Gil will step down as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. She will return to teaching in the department of psychology. Gil, who became dean in 2009, was mentioned in the recent Wainstein report on academic fraud at the university but was not implicated in the scandal.

Hood to lead John William Pope Foundation

November 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Locke Foundation president John Hood will succeed former state Budget Director Art Pope as head of the John William Pope Foundation, which provides grants to conservative causes and charity organizations. Hood will continue his work at the John Locke Foundation as board chairman. 

UNC Chapel Hill silent about accreditation status

November 20, 2014

(WRAL.com)

UNC Chapel Hill officials haven't said whether a letter sent to the university from a regional accrediting organization outlines any areas of non-compliance with accrediting standards. The university has until early January to respond to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

NC seniors hit hard by dropped Medicare plans

November 19, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer) 

More than 57,000 senior citizens in North Carolina have been notified their private Medicare plans will be discontinued in 2015, the most of any state according to nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, one of the state's biggest providers of the Medicare Advantage programs, is ending two of its HMO plans in 11 counties, though affected residents will be offered different plans with higher premiums and copays.

PR expenses exceed $2M for UNC Chapel Hill

November 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Chapel Hill will pay public-relations firm Edelman more than $1.65 million for its services following the academic and athletic fraud scandal that involved at least 3,100 students. The university had previously spent about $500,000 on public-relations services related to the scandal. UNC officials say state money and tuition dollars will not be used to pay for the PR expenses.

Cannon reports to federal prison Tuesday

November 18, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Patrick Cannon will begin serving a 44-month sentence in a West Virginia federal prison on Tuesday. The former Charlotte mayor pleaded guilty to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from a local businessman and undercover FBI agents. Cannon could return home or to a Charlotte halfway house in fewer than two years if he participates in a nine-month drug-abuse treatment program and is awarded good-behavior incentives available to federal inmates.

Academic commission needs funding to replace Common Core

November 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A panel charged with recommending a replacement for Common Core in North Carolina public schools says it needs money to bring in professionals to help develop new academic standards for math and language arts. The Academic Standards Review Commission has not received any funding since it was established in July.

Mining commission finalizes proposed fracking rules

November 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After receiving more than 200,000 public comments on hydraulic fracturing, the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission met last week and finalized proposed rules for the practice. The state General Assembly could review the rules as early as January. 

NC DOT plans toll lanes for Charlotte's Independence Blvd.

November 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to add toll lanes to Independence Boulevard as early as 2016. Drivers would use NC Quick Pass, an electronic toll system that incorporates electronic transponders mounted to windshields that is already being used for Wake County's Triangle Expressway.

Governors McCrory, Martin and Hunt file lawsuit over commission appointments

November 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory, along with former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, filed a lawsuit challenging the state legislature's authority to create commissions that perform executive branch functions, such as the new coal-ash commission and a proposed Medicaid board. The lawsuit names Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis as defendants.
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