All high-school students switching to 10-point grading scale

January 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

All high-school students will switch from the current seven-point grading scale to a 10-point grading scale this fall. The state Board of Education voted in October to begin phasing in a 10-point scale with the freshmen class of 2015-16 but decided Thursday to make the change for all high-school students.

Lawmakers not rushed to restore incentives after lost Mercedes deal

January 8, 2015


Some state legislators, including Rep. Julia Howard of Davie County, believe issues such as Medicaid and education will take priority over jobs incentives when the General Assembly convenes in late January.

McCrory talks Medicaid with Obama

January 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a Tuesday meeting with President Barack Obama, Gov. Pat McCrory said he asked the president about waiving federal rules on Medicaid expansion for North Carolina. McCrory said he also discussed transportation and energy issues with the president.

McCrory says legislature must fund jobs incentives soon

January 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that state legislators must act fast to fund job-creation incentives or North Carolina could lose companies looking to relocate or expand here. McCrory said he will meet with employers statewide this month, but he has little to offer them as funds for the state's Job Development Incentive Grant program are nearly depleted.

Martin to begin 8-year term as chief justice

January 5, 2015


Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin will be sworn in for a new eight-year term on Monday. A graduate of Western Carolina University and UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, Martin was elected to the position in November but began serving in the role September 1, when Sarah Parker reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.

Report: Sea-level rise will vary along NC shore

January 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The sea is rising at varying rates along North Carolina's coastline, according to a 30-year forecast released on Wednesday by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission's advisory science panel. The ocean has risen faster along the northern Outer Banks than near southern coastal communities such as Wilmington and Southport.
Related: Land's end: As the shoreline creeps closer, coastal leaders debate the need for bold action or quiet restraint (November 2014)

McCrory appoints van der Vaart to lead DENR

December 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory has chosen Donald van der Vaart to lead the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He has 20 years of experience with the state agency and is an adjunct professor at N.C. State University. van der Vaart will replace John Skvarla, who will become Commerce secretary when Sharon Decker steps down at year-end.

Unaffiliated voting surged in fall election

December 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The number of unaffiliated voters in fall's midterm election grew by one-third compared with 2010, according to data from the state Board of Elections. About 640,000 of the 2.9 million voters were not registered with a political party.

Regulator rejects request for homeowners' insurance rate hike

December 22, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin denied the N.C. Rate Bureau's request to increase homeowners' insurance rates by a state average of 25.6%. Goodwin instead recommended a 0.3% statewide average decrease.

McCrory administration proposes Cabinet-level technology department

December 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes presented a proposal to a legislative committee that would create a Cabinet-level information-technology department. The department would improve efficiency by using compatible software across state agencies.