Obama proposes drilling off NC coast

January 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Interior Department proposed offering one lease for drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia or Virginia in 2021. The site would be at least 50 miles from the coast, and drilling would begin only after environmental studies are completed. Coastal towns that rely on tourism dollars have passed resolutions opposing the practice. 
Also: Obama fires first in coming 'battle royal' over Atlantic drilling

Online petition seeks to keep Tom Ross at UNC

January 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group called United for UNC has started an online petition calling for the reinstatement of UNC system president Tom Ross. The group contends Ross' ouster was a "politically motivated attack." A UNC Board of Governors panel will meet Tuesday to discuss revisions to the process for selecting a new president. 

UNC Chapel Hill faculty angry over Ross' departure

January 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a Friday meeting, members of UNC Chapel Hill's Faculty Council criticized the UNC Board of Governors' move to force system president Tom Ross out of his job after Jan. 3, 2016.

Former athletes file class-action lawsuit against UNC

January 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two former UNC Chapel Hill athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the university and the NCAA, calling for monetary damages for athletes harmed by fake classes and for the creation of an independent commission to monitor NCAA-member athletic programs.

Charlotte mayor wants DOT to study opening I-485 lane

January 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter says he plans to ask the N.C. Department of Transportation to consider opening an additional lane on Interstate 485, which was one of the state's most congested highways before an $82 million widening project added a new lane in each direction last month. That project included the addition of an extra-wide shoulder that the DOT plans to convert to a toll road in about five years.

Community colleges look to graduate more students

January 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina community colleges are working to improve graduation rates through new initiatives that include streamlining course options, intensive advising programs and required orientation for first-year students.

Raleigh may spend extra $16M on Union Station

January 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Increased property values and unexpected costs have brought the cost of Raleigh's planned Amtrak station and transit hub to $84 million. If Raleigh City Council doesn't approve the extra funds, the city may have to eliminate or postpone elements in the project's master plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in March.

NC Democratic Party needs to raise funds soon

January 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Democratic Party needs to raise $200,000 to pay for daily operating expenses, according to outgoing chairman Randy Voller. The party started 2015 with just $42,700 in the bank, and has nearly $130,000 in debt.

UNC Board of Governors to begin national search for new leader

January 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors will launch a national search for the next system president after announcing Friday it would seek a replacement for Tom Ross when his contract expires in January 2016. Many Democrats said the move by the Republican-dominated board was politically motivated, though board chairman John Fennebresque denied that charge.

NC's public universities seek tuition increases

January 16, 2015


Following a one-year tuition freeze, North Carolina's public universities proposed raising in-state tuition and fees by an average of 4% next year and 3.5% the following year. Five schools are seeking 5% increases, the maximum allowed by the UNC Board of Governors.