Government

Cowell doesn't plan to quit hedge funds

September 29, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Following the California Public Employees' Retirement System's decision to divest its hedge fund portfolio, the State Employees Association of North Carolina urged state Treasurer Janet Cowell to withdraw N.C.'s hedge fund investments, which accounted for about 4.32% of total assets as of June 30.

McCrory embarks on 'listening tour' aimed at closing skills gap

September 26, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory and state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker kicked off a 100-day "listening tour" to hear first hand about employers' needs across the state. The feedback will be used in planning course and program offerings for colleges and K-12 schools in an effort to close the skills gap facing many companies today.  

Federal judges coming to Charlotte for hearing on NC voting law

September 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A three-judge panel from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. will meet in Charlotte Thursday to decide whether North Carolina's new election law is discriminatory and should be put on hold for the Nov. 4 election. Critics say the law discriminates against African-Americans and Latinos by making it harder for them to vote. 

Ellmers and Aiken to hold televised debate Oct. 6

September 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 6 in Pinehurst. The debate will be sponsored by the N.C. Bankers Association and moderated by WRAL's David Crabtree.

Decker confident trip to Japan will bring jobs to NC

September 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Following a recent trip to Japan, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says she feels "very good" about the state's prospects for attracting an auto manufacturer. Earlier this year, North Carolina lost a Toyota plant to Texas, which has direct flights to Tokyo, despite offering more than double the amount of incentives. "I came back very motivated for us to get direct flights to Asia," Decker said after the 36-hour flight home.

State panel begins review of Common Core standards

September 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An 11-member commission tasked with replacing Common Core in North Carolina public schools began a review the state's academic standards on Monday. The state legislature passed a bill in July to evaluate the standards, which were first adopted in North Carolina in 2010.

Decker, Commerce officials return from Japan, meetings with auto-manufacturers

September 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and other department officials spent four days in Tokyo last week, attending an annual conference with officials from other Southeastern states and meeting with auto and auto-related businesses. North Carolina has three "megasites" at various stages of development that could attract a major auto-maker.

USDA cites concerns about state food-stamp program

September 19, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter to state Health Secretary Aldona Wos citing 38 regulatory deficiencies in North Carolina's food-stamp program. The letter and accompanying report was based on a fiscal 2014 management evaluation of the state program and programs in Guilford, Pitt and Wake counties.

Governor unveils 25-year transportation plan

September 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory announced a 25-year transportation plan that puts a major emphasis on improving roads and accessibility in rural areas. McCrory said he will ask the 2015 legislature to approve revenue bonds for highway projects. The plan also calls for expanding light rail and mass transit in urban areas and improving rail and road links from the ports to I-95 and the military bases. 
Click here to view the governor's 25-year transportation plan. 

McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata to unveil long-term transportation plan

September 17, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will visit four North Carolina counties today to unveil a 25-year transportation plan. The tour will begin this morning at Wilmington International Airport, followed by stops in Greenville and Winston-Salem before concluding in Asheville.