Loss of business tax squeezes Charlotte's budget

February 2, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state General Assembly's repeal of the Business Privilege License tax will cost Charlotte $18.1 million in revenue for the year ahead, while the city faces a $16 million budget shortfall. Charlotte City Council said it won't raise property taxes for 2015, but it could suspend pay raises for city employees.

Groups join effort to reduce school testing

January 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state superintendents association and the N.C. Educators Association are calling for fewer required tests in public schools. 

NC lawmakers return to work, file 28 bills

January 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators filed 28 bills on Wednesday, including one introduced by Senate leader Phil Berger that would allow registers of deeds and magistrates to avoid officiating over gay marriage ceremonies if they have religious objections. 

Obama proposes drilling off NC coast

January 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Interior Department proposed offering one lease for drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia or Virginia in 2021. The site would be at least 50 miles from the coast, and drilling would begin only after environmental studies are completed. Coastal towns that rely on tourism dollars have passed resolutions opposing the practice. 
Also: Obama fires first in coming 'battle royal' over Atlantic drilling

Online petition seeks to keep Tom Ross at UNC

January 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group called United for UNC has started an online petition calling for the reinstatement of UNC system president Tom Ross. The group contends Ross' ouster was a "politically motivated attack." A UNC Board of Governors panel will meet Tuesday to discuss revisions to the process for selecting a new president. 

UNC Chapel Hill faculty angry over Ross' departure

January 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a Friday meeting, members of UNC Chapel Hill's Faculty Council criticized the UNC Board of Governors' move to force system president Tom Ross out of his job after Jan. 3, 2016.

Former athletes file class-action lawsuit against UNC

January 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two former UNC Chapel Hill athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the university and the NCAA, calling for monetary damages for athletes harmed by fake classes and for the creation of an independent commission to monitor NCAA-member athletic programs.

Charlotte mayor wants DOT to study opening I-485 lane

January 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter says he plans to ask the N.C. Department of Transportation to consider opening an additional lane on Interstate 485, which was one of the state's most congested highways before an $82 million widening project added a new lane in each direction last month. That project included the addition of an extra-wide shoulder that the DOT plans to convert to a toll road in about five years.

Community colleges look to graduate more students

January 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina community colleges are working to improve graduation rates through new initiatives that include streamlining course options, intensive advising programs and required orientation for first-year students.

Raleigh may spend extra $16M on Union Station

January 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Increased property values and unexpected costs have brought the cost of Raleigh's planned Amtrak station and transit hub to $84 million. If Raleigh City Council doesn't approve the extra funds, the city may have to eliminate or postpone elements in the project's master plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in March.