McCrory turns to smaller towns, rural areas to gain approval

January 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. McCrory is spending much of his time promoting his plans to boost the state's economy in small towns such as Wilson, where his remarks were well-received in meetings with community leaders and farmers earlier this month. 

State names new public health director

January 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Penelope Slade-Sawyer will be the new director of the state Division of Public Health, replacing Dr. Laura Gerald who resigned last July. Slade-Sawyer is currently an assistant surgeon general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; she will assume her new role on March 3.

State awards pay increases to in-demand workers

January 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A relatively small number of state employees will receive salary increases of up to 10% in an attempt to reduce employee turnover in high-demand jobs. Among the 3,221 employees who will receive pay raises are nurses, law enforcement officers, accountants and computer specialists. Overall, the state employs about 90,000 people.


N.C. Ports Authority begins interviews for new CEO

January 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The chairman of the N.C. Ports Authority says it has narrowed down the search for a new chief executive to five or six candidates. Jeff Miles took over as interim CEO since Feb. 2013 when Tom Bradshaw resigned. The state Department of Transportation assumed operations of the ports from the Department of Commerce in 2011. 

McCrory says teachers will get pay raises, promises review of DHHS

January 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory outlined priorities for 2014, among them pay raises for teachers, a major review of the Department of Health and Human Services and continued emphasis on energy exploration including hydraulic fracturing and offshore drilling.

McCrory moving ahead with campaign promises one year later

January 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A year after Gov. Pat McCrory's inauguration, his approval rating is eight points lower than when he took office but he is moving forward with much of his legislative agenda, which includes cutting personal income and corporate tax rates.

Three Eastern counties ranked worst for voting access

January 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to a report from the nonpartisan Center for American Progress, Hertford, Pender and Scotland Counties have the worst voting access in North Carolina. The report, based on an analysis of data from the 2012 election, concluded that the most accessible counties were Cherokee, Mecklenburg and Union.

Doctors sue state over flawed NC Tracks billing system

January 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group of seven medical practices has filed lawsuits against the state Department of Health and Human Services and three companies associated with the NC Tracks medical billing system, which has caused problems and delays with Medicaid claims processing since it launched July 1.

State suspends tax computer system after $90 million investment

January 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After investing $85 million on a tax computer system and an additional $5 million for unbilled work not yet paid, the state decided to cancel its contract with CGI Group, the Montreal-based contractor that also built the troubled site. 

NAACP wants earlier election to fill Mel Watt's seat

January 15, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

The president of the state chapter of the NAACP called on Gov. Pat McCrory to let voters choose a successor for Rep. Mel Watt's seat before the regular election in November. Residents of the 12th Congressional District will not have a representative for more than 10 months.