UNC governors hold emergency meeting with president finalist

October 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education in George W. Bush's administration, is scheduled to meet with the UNC Board of Governors Friday. Some board members said they are unable to attend due to insufficient notice. State legislative leaders are concerned the meeting is an effort to circumvent a bill passed last month that requires three candidates to be presented to the full board for discussion. Gov. Pat McCrory has not yet signed that bill into law.

UNC search committee ramps up search to replace Tom Ross

October 15, 2015


The 11-member search committee tasked with looking for a new UNC System president met four times last week and nine times during the last month. President Tom Ross announced his resignation in January amid pressure from the UNC Board of Governors to step down. He will remain in the position until January 2016.

Groups challenge Duke Energy's $7M coal-ash settlement

October 14, 2015


The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and seven other groups asked a Superior Court judge to reject Duke Energy's $7 million settlement in a groundwater contamination case involving cleanup of its coal-ash storage sites. The groups are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Cowell won't seek re-election in 2016

October 14, 2015


State Treasurer Janet Cowell will not seek re-election in 2016, she wrote in an email Tuesday. She was first elected to the position in 2008. Cowell, 47, did not say what she planned to do next.

Roy Cooper makes it official

October 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper formally launched his campaign as a Democratic candidate for governor. In a speech at Rocky Mount's Nash Community College that emphasized his eastern North Carolina roots, Cooper, 58, vowed to support public education and the creation of more middle-class jobs.

New trade deal excludes tobacco

October 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A new international trade initiative would lower tariffs on pork and other meat exports while excluding another major North Carolina export – tobacco. The current version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would essentially curb the tobacco industry's ability to mitigate antismoking efforts abroad.

State wants ruling on voter ID law before presidential primary

October 9, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

State attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's new voter ID law before the presidential primary in March 2016.

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.