Government

NCDOT says Bonner Bridge needs repair

December 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making emergency preparations should the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge need to be closed for needed repairs to a southern section. The DOT has been unable to begin construction on a replacement bridge due to legal challenges to the proposed 2.8-mile bridge. 

Bryson City federal courthouse will close at year-end

December 2, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A federal courthouse in Bryson City is among four nationwide that will close at the end of the year in an effort to save money. The courthouse, which does not have a resident judge, serves six Western counties.

Governor's staff charging fees for access to public records

November 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Media outlets and others requesting North Carolina public records have been assessed service fees by McCrory staffers, who have been demanding payment for requests taking longer than 30 minutes to process.

More state budget cuts ahead unless Congress reaches deal

November 26, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Budget negotiations for next year's federal spending will resume after the Thanksgiving break, and unless Congress reaches an agreement in December, North Carolina and the country could face sequestration cuts for the second year in a row. North Carolina areas which could be hit the hardest include Head Start, research, military spending and affordable housing.

Future energy plan may include offshore drilling

November 25, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will include an energy package during the state legislature's short session beginning in May which sources say may include offshore drilling. A federal plan in effect through 2017 does not allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, but the current administration will begin working on the post-2017 plan next year. Supporters say North Carolina should work now to gain inclusion in the new federal plan.

Rural Center denies former leader Hall special severance payment

November 22, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a closed-door meeting on Thursday, leaders of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center voted against a $242,000 severance payment for former agency president Billy Ray Hall. Hall led the center since its inception in 1987, but resigned this summer when questions arose about the agency's handling of grant money.

Pharmaceutical to pay NC $38.8 million in Medicaid fraud settlement

November 21, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals will pay North Carolina $38.8 million in a multistate settlement regarding claims the drugmaker improperly marketed two of its drugs, which led to Medicaid fraud. 

McCrory visits Arizona, California for political conference, recruiting

November 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory is in Arizona this week to attend the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association, following a recruiting trip to California earlier in the week where he visited the headquarters of Google and Facebook.

Phil Berger Jr. to announce congressional run

November 19, 2013

(The News and Record, Greensboro)

Republican Phil Berger Jr. is expected to announce his candidacy for U.S. Congress on Wednesday in Rockingham County, where he currently serves as district attorney. Berger, the son of N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger Sr., will run in the 6th District for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble. Coble recently announced he will retire at the end of the current term.

High Point Mayor Bernita Sims indicted for worthless check

November 19, 2013

(High Point Enterprise)

High Point Mayor Bernita Sims was indicted in Guilford County on Monday for passing a worthless check. Sims allegedly wrote a $7,000 check to a family member as part of an estate settlement; the charge is a felony because the amount is greater than $2,000.