Government

State unemployment fund reaches $1 billion

November 13, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Division of Employment Security said it has reached a $1 billion surplus in the state's unemployment trust fund reserve. The milestone means a 20% surcharge that employers pay for each worker will be discontinued in January. The last time the fund was at $1 billion was May 2001.

UNC fires two more employees in academic scandal

November 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

More than a year after the 131-page Wainstein report was released, UNC Chapel Hill dismissed two more employees related to the academic scandal that allowed student athletes to enroll in fake classes that never met and were graded based on a single paper. Another former administrator was allowed to stay on as a professor, and three employees were cleared.

Legislators concerned about UNC governors' closed meetings

November 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC System Board of Governors will meet Friday, and on the agenda is a "legislative request" related to concerns over compliance with the state's open meeting laws. The board met privately on Oct. 30 and approved raises for 12 UNC system chancellors, an action that has drawn criticism from university employees and faculty who received no raises this year.

Former U.S. Rep. Tim Valentine dies

November 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tim Valentine, a Rocky Mount native who served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Jeter calls for summit on I-77 toll lanes

November 10, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter wants Mecklenburg County and regional leaders to hold a "summit" within 10 days to discuss planned toll lanes on Interstate 77. The Huntersville Republican's efforts were spurred by the Nov. 3 elections, when anti-toll voters ousted Mayor Jill Swain and two town commissioners.

State environmental agency raising its profile

November 9, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

After years of avoiding public discourse, North Carolina's environmental agency, recently renamed the Department of Environmental Quality, has been more vocal over the last few months in defending its regulatory philosophy. Critics are uncomfortable with the new political tone the agency has taken.

Elon poll shows big gain for Carson

November 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The latest Elon University Poll shows presidential candidate Ben Carson has opened up a significant lead over Donald Trump in North Carolina. The poll shows 31% of Republicans favored the neurosurgeon, while 19% favored Trump. Mark Rubio and Ted Cruz tied for third place with 10% support. In the North Carolina governor's race, 45% of respondents favored Roy Cooper compared with Pat McCrory's 40% support.

State Sen. Rucho won't seek another term

November 6, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho said Thursday that he won't seek re-election when his current term expires in 2016. The Matthews Republican has served 17 years and is chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee and co-chairman of the Finance Committee.

Ethics panel throws out complaints against McCrory

November 5, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The North Carolina State Ethics Commission has thrown out two complaints filed against Gov. Pat McCrory. The first complaint said McCrory should have disclosed cash and stock he received from online mortgage broker LendingTree when he served on the board of the Charlotte-based company. The other complaint involved money he received for trips that were paid for by the Republican Governors Association.

Faculty groups denounce UNC chancellor raises

November 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Faculty groups at East Carolina University and Appalachian State University are raising objections to the UNC Board of Governors' decision last week to raise pay for 12 chancellors while wages for professors and other university employees remain stagnant.