Government

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.

Voller postpones announcement of new Democratic party leader

February 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After resistance from party leaders, N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller canceled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning where officials said he had planned to name Ben Chavis as executive director.  

DHHS warns against touching water, eating fish from Dan River

February 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is telling people downstream of Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River to avoid contact with the water and avoid eating fish or shellfish from that section of the river while it continues to monitor and evaluate data.

State environmental regulators to create task force for coal-ash ponds

February 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced it will assemble a task force of experts in water resources, dam safety and solid waste management to review coal-ash ponds in an effort to prevent another spill.

Price-gouging law goes into effect as winter storm approaches

February 12, 2014

(Jacksonville Daily News)

Now that a state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina due to the winter storm, the state's price-gouging law is in effect. State Attorney General Roy Cooper made the announcement yesterday to prevent businesses from charging too much for critical goods and services.

 

Tillis leads GOP candidates in campaign cash

February 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

According to a campaign report, Republican Thom Tillis has raised $1.8 million for his Senate campaign, more than three times the amount raised by any of his GOP opponents. The amount includes donations from the PACs of more than 10 Republican U.S. senators and House Speaker John Boehner.

Filing period opens for 2014 campaigns

February 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The filing period has begun officially for this year's elections, and will end at noon on Feb. 28. The primary election will be held on May 6 and this year's general election will be Nov. 4.

NC Democratic Party to name Chavis as executive director

February 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After the recent firing of Executive Director Robert Dempsey, the North Carolina Democratic Party will announce his replacement on Wednesday. Chairman Randy Voller is expected to pick civil-rights advocate and North Carolina native Benjamin Chavis for the position, a controversial choice that many not win support from state party leaders.

Republican leaders to announce proposal for higher teacher pay

February 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory along with other state Republican lawmakers will announce today a plan to increase teacher pay for those starting out in the field. The proposal would increase the base salary for public school teachers from $30,800 to at least $33,000 for 2014-15 and at least $35,000 the following year.

Thousands attend Moral March on Raleigh Saturday

February 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Thousands of people from across the state attended the Moral March on Raleigh Saturday, protesting Republican-led legislation and supporting a variety of causes including higher pay for teachers, voting rights and the expansion of Medicaid. Raleigh police did not release a crowd estimate for the annual event which drew 10,000 in 2013, but organizers submitted an application that planned for 20,000 to 30,000 people.