Government

Charlotte City Council to weigh options for choosing new mayor

March 31, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council will meet today to discuss who should succeed former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, though the group may vote to delay its decision to allow interested candidates to formally apply. Cannon resigned Wednesday after his arrest by the FBI on federal corruption charges.

Cozza selected to lead N.C. State Ports Authority

March 31, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority named Paul Cozza its new executive director. Cozza, a U.S. Army veteran, previously served in various roles at Maersk Line Limited and CSX Corporation/Sea-Land Service Inc. 

N.C. Court of Appeals rejects challenge to Duke-Progress merger

March 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Court of Appeals rejected appeals by Durham-based NC WARN and the City of Orangeburg, S.C. that challenged the 2012 merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy. 

Charlotte to name new mayor on Monday

March 28, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A day after Patrick Cannon was arrested on corruption charges and resigned as Charlotte's mayor, City Manager Ron Carlee said much of the mayor's job is ceremonial and that Charlotte is not a "pay to play" city. Charlotte City Council will name a new mayor on Monday.

State transportation projects in jeopardy if Congress doesn't restore funds

March 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State transportation projects will stall if Congress does not reauthorize a transportation-spending law called MAP-41, which will expire at the end of September. The state Department of Transportation relies on federal money for about 28% of its budget.

Seven political races to watch in the upcoming primary election

March 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A runoff looks likely in the GOP Senate primary, though polls show House Speaker Thom Tillis has the lead in the Republican effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. 

Grace period granted to health-insurance applicants

March 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will grant extensions to people who have begun applying for health insurance through the online marketplace but haven't been able to complete the process. The HealthCare.gov website got 1 million hits on Monday, as a late surge of applicants are attempting to sign up by the original March 31 deadline.

Lawyer representing DENR in coal-ash case worked with Duke before

March 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The lawyer hired to represent the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources during a federal investigation of the agency's regulation of Charlotte-based Duke Energy's coal-ash storage previously represented Duke in a 2004 federal investigation. 

DENR drops settlement with Duke in coal-ash lawsuits

March 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources withdrew a proposed settlement with Duke Energy in two lawsuits filed over pollution at the company's coal-ash storage sites in Asheville and Gaston County. The settlement would have fined the Charlotte-based utility $99,000 and would not have required the coal ash to be moved.

New report touts benefits of state drone program

March 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's chief information officer presented a report last week that supports a state-funded program where unmanned drones could be used to track suspects, oversee crops, assess storm damage and inspect bridges.