Government

NCDOT may consider new mileage tax to increase revenue

April 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Board of Transportation will be asked to consider implementing a mileage fee that would tax drivers on the number of miles they drive rather than by gallons of gasoline purchased. One report suggests the state could raise $495 million a year by taxing one-half cent per mile driven.

Documents show EPA questioned 2013 Duke settlements

April 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Records show the Environmental Protection Agency questioned the amount of DENR settlements with Duke Energy over lawsuits alleging violations at the utility's plants in Asheville and Gaston County last year, but the federal agency thought it would be difficult to challenge the fines.

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.