Environmental groups urge AG Cooper to take action against Duke Energy

October 8, 2015


Durham-based NC WARN, along with other environmental advocacy groups, filed an "emergency complaint" with N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, requesting an investigation of Duke Energy's practices with a goal of amending its corporate charter to address global climate change.


HPU poll: NC residents prefer Biden, Carson

October 7, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The latest High Point University poll found that 48% of North Carolina adults favor Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate, followed by Hillary Clinton at 35%. Ben Carson is the favored Republican candidate with a 44% rating.

Late bill designed to counter local fracking bans

October 6, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

One of the last bills approved last week by state legislators includes a provision aimed at stopping local governments from placing restrictions on fracking. Anson, Chatham and Stokes counties have passed ordinances against the practice; Lee County also plans to have a draft moratorium drawn up.

Investors say Pittenger still involved in land deals

October 5, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Some investors who have bought property through the land-acquisition business founded by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger say the congressman still plays an active role in the company despite ethics rules prohibiting his involvement. A spokesman said Pittenger and his staff routinely check with Ethics members to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

McCrory issues state of emergency as Joaquin approaches

October 2, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties as Hurricane Joaquin approaches. The heaviest rain is expected overnight Friday into Saturday morning and severe flooding is likely.

Legislators adjourn, advocacy groups call for McCrory vetoes

October 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wednesday's adjournment of the state legislature has left more than 30 bills on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. If he doesn't issue any vetoes, lawmakers won't return to the state capital until April 25.

Bill to restrict local government fails

September 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A late bill that would have banned local governments from regulating housing and rental practices and changing employment rules such as raising the minimum wage was kept off the House floor by the Rules Committee.

House votes to remove cap on light-rail spending

September 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House voted 81-28 to remove a $500,000 cap on light-rail spending, a measure that would restore funding for a proposed Durham-Chapel Hill line. The 17-mile project was set to receive $138 million from the N.C. Department of Transportation before legislators added the cap to the state budget bill. The Senate could vote on the change Tuesday.

Price tag for legislative overrun: $2 million

September 28, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The N.C. General Assembly is expected to wrap up its current session this week, nearly three months after the fiscal year ended June 30 and making it the longest and most expensive session in more than a decade. The cost of the overrun is more than $2 million.

US Attorney's Office investigating DHHS

September 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received subpoenas requesting information on several high-ranking employees as part of a federal criminal investigation. The subpoenas were served in late July, prior to the Aug. 4 resignation of DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos.