12 UNC chancellors get raises

November 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a closed session on Friday, the UNC System Board of Governors approved raises ranging from 8% to 19% for 12 chancellors. Open government advocates say the action violates the state's open meetings law. Faculty and university employees received a one-time $750 bonus this year, but no raises.

McCrory says McClatchy story distorted facts

November 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement criticizing a McClatchy story that ran in Saturday's editions of The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. The story says McCrory intervened on behalf of Keith Corp. CEO Graeme Keith when he wanted to renew $3 million in prison contracts over the objection of prison officials. McCrory says misleading headlines and cropped photos attempted to give the impression something improper or illegal was done.

Final bills await McCrory's signature

October 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to sign three of 11 remaining bills Friday morning in Charlotte, including a bill that would provide free college tuition to children of law-enforcement officers and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty. McCrory has until 11:59 p.m. on Friday to sign the remaining bills or they become law without his signature.
Related: "Sanctuary city" ban sparks protests at the governor's mansion

McCrory signs law to prevent 'sanctuary cities'

October 29, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial bill Wednesday that prevents cities from protecting undocumented workers. The new law prevents cities from accepting identification not issued by a government agency. Opponents of the measure say it harms businesses reliant on immigrant labor.


Math, reading scores decline for NC's eighth graders

October 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's eighth graders scored worse on national math and reading tests administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress than they did two years ago. North Carolina was one of only three states that showed significant declines in both subjects. Fourth grade reading scores improved, while math scores remained unchanged.

Fennebresque resigns from UNC Board of Governors

October 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Fennebresque stepped down as chairman of the UNC Board of Governors Monday, three days after the board announced that Margaret Spellings would become the new UNC System president.

Hans was favored by Moore and Berger for UNC post, sources say

October 26, 2015

House Speaker Time Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger favored Raleigh lobbyist Peter Hans for the presidency of the UNC System, according to five people familiar with the matter. The UNC governors on Friday picked Margaret Spellings, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, for the post.

Study: NC favors large corporations for business incentives

October 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A new national report shows large companies receive 70% of state business-incentive awards and 90% of dollars. Washington, D.C.-based Good Jobs First based its report on 14 states, including North Carolina. The Tar Heel state awarded the highest percentage of economic incentives to large businesses – 93% – among all the states studied.

UNC faculty say they were excluded from president search

October 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC System faculty leaders say they have been left out of the search process for a new system president. Members of the UNC Board of Governors who were not on the search committee have also complained about being excluded. The board is expected to name a replacement for outgoing President Tom Ross on Friday.

McCrory kicks off $2 billion bond campaign

October 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation Wednesday that will put a referendum on the March ballot for a $2 billion bond package that includes investments in university and community-college renovations and expansions, parks and water and sewer infrastructure improvements.