Government

McCrory pushes for offshore seismic testing while in Washington

February 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory, along with governors and officials from six other states, met with Secretary Sally Jewell of the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss the possibility of seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil and gas in coastal waters.

Recent coal-ash spill may lead to stiffer environmental regulation

February 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The federal investigation of the recent Duke Energy coal-ash spill near Eden may lead the Charlotte-based utility to shut down its 32 lagoons where coal ash is stored and relocate the material to safer locations farther from rivers.   

Economic development partnership holds first meeting; details scarce on fundraising plans

February 21, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The new nonprofit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina met for the first time on Wednesday, and chairman John Lassiter said he expects the partnership to be fully operational July 1. The group will assume business recruitment efforts for the state, though few details have been provided as to its fundraising strategy.

Investigation widens in federal probe of coal-ash spill

February 20, 2014

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

About 20 additional employees from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources received subpoenas and the department was ordered to turn over any records relating to investments, cash or other items it may have received from Charlotte-based Duke Energy.

Regulators: Proposed homeowners rate increase excessive

February 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Insurance says the N.C. Rate Bureau's request to raise homeowners insurance rates by an average of 25.3% is excessive, and the agency scheduled a hearing for Aug. 6 for both sides to present their case before it sets a new rate. The department says the industry's filing doesn't provide the necessary data and explanations to support the rate increase.

Court rules Senate candidate Brannon misled investors

February 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A jury found Republican and tea party candidate for U.S. Senate Greg Brannon responsible for providing misleading or false information to two investors in a tech company he helped start. The Cary doctor said he plans to appeal the decision.

Cook fired over McCrory incident offered help from Charlotte mayor

February 19, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon reached out to a gourmet-food store cook who was fired Sunday after a confrontation with Gov. Pat McCrory, offering to help the man find a new job. 

Duke official apologizes; regulators say no health risk in Dan River

February 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a meeting of the N.C. Environmental Review Commission on Monday, state regulators and a Duke Energy official maintained that water from the Dan River poses no immediate health threat and apologized for the accident that spilled up to 40 tons of coal ash from its shuttered power plant in Eden into the river.

Gov. McCrory says teacher pay hike is first step of comprehensive plan

February 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory says that his proposal to increase pay for first-time teachers is only the first step in a comprehensive plan and he expects to introduce future proposals to reward veteran educators. 

Justice Department investigates state agency after coal-ash spill

February 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Following last week's coal-ash spill into the Dan River in Eden, the U.S. Justice Department began a criminal investigation of the state agency charged with regulating Duke Energy. Both the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Charlotte-based utility received subpoenas and both have vowed to cooperate in the case.