Some teachers object to education materials funded by Koch family

December 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recommended Wednesday that state high school social studies teachers use a curriculum prepared by the Bill of Rights Institute, a Virginia-based organization funded by the conservative Koch family.

NC DOT could require fracking companies to pay for road repairs

December 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation may require energy companies to pay for any needed road and bridge repairs after fracking for natural gas. Some rural N.C. roads were not designed for the heavy truck traffic the practice will bring. If state legislators approve proposed safety rules, fracking could begin as early as spring 2015.

New leader named at Economic Development Partnership of NC

December 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Christopher Chung will become CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on Jan. 12. Chung, 38, has led the public-private Missouri Partnership since 2007 and replaces interim CEO Richard Lindenmuth. He will receive an annual salary of $225,000 and will be eligible for a performance bonus of up to 25% of his salary.

New NC laws take effect Monday

December 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

New regulations for unmanned aerial aircraft and firearms take effect Monday in North Carolina. Another new law makes it a felony to assault or threaten another person – including family members and co-workers – as retaliation against a legislative officer, executive officer or court officer. 

Recount confirms Beasley's court race win

November 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cheri Beasley, an associate justice, was confirmed the winner in the statewide N.C. Supreme Court race after a recount was completed Monday. The final tally showed Beasley received 5,410 more votes than opponent Mike Robinson, a Winston-Salem lawyer, out of more than 2.4 million votes cast. Beasley was appointed to the seat in 2012. 

Media groups file public-records lawsuit over UNC investigation

November 25, 2014


Ten media organizations filed a lawsuit Monday to obtain names of UNC Chapel Hill staff members who were fired or disciplined following the release of the 131-page Wainstein report on academic fraud at the university. North Carolina's public-records law states that details regarding the demotion, suspension or dismissal of state employees must be made available to the public.

Republicans nominate Tim Moore for House speaker

November 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Republicans selected Kings Mountain native Tim Moore as nominee for House speaker. Moore, 44, will succeed Thom Tillis if the full House elects him when the legislature begins its new session in January. 

Gil stepping down as dean at UNC Chapel Hill

November 21, 2014


Karen Gil will step down as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. She will return to teaching in the department of psychology. Gil, who became dean in 2009, was mentioned in the recent Wainstein report on academic fraud at the university but was not implicated in the scandal.

Hood to lead John William Pope Foundation

November 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Locke Foundation president John Hood will succeed former state Budget Director Art Pope as head of the John William Pope Foundation, which provides grants to conservative causes and charity organizations. Hood will continue his work at the John Locke Foundation as board chairman. 

UNC Chapel Hill silent about accreditation status

November 20, 2014


UNC Chapel Hill officials haven't said whether a letter sent to the university from a regional accrediting organization outlines any areas of non-compliance with accrediting standards. The university has until early January to respond to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.