Community colleges look to graduate more students

January 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina community colleges are working to improve graduation rates through new initiatives that include streamlining course options, intensive advising programs and required orientation for first-year students.

Raleigh may spend extra $16M on Union Station

January 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Increased property values and unexpected costs have brought the cost of Raleigh's planned Amtrak station and transit hub to $84 million. If Raleigh City Council doesn't approve the extra funds, the city may have to eliminate or postpone elements in the project's master plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in March.

NC Democratic Party needs to raise funds soon

January 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Democratic Party needs to raise $200,000 to pay for daily operating expenses, according to outgoing chairman Randy Voller. The party started 2015 with just $42,700 in the bank, and has nearly $130,000 in debt.

UNC Board of Governors to begin national search for new leader

January 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors will launch a national search for the next system president after announcing Friday it would seek a replacement for Tom Ross when his contract expires in January 2016. Many Democrats said the move by the Republican-dominated board was politically motivated, though board chairman John Fennebresque denied that charge.

NC's public universities seek tuition increases

January 16, 2015


Following a one-year tuition freeze, North Carolina's public universities proposed raising in-state tuition and fees by an average of 4% next year and 3.5% the following year. Five schools are seeking 5% increases, the maximum allowed by the UNC Board of Governors.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore stresses bipartisanship

January 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Newly elected House Speaker Tim Moore stressed bipartisan cooperation in his first speech on Wednesday. Moore, a Republican from Kings Mountain, and Senate leader Phil Berger said they plan to focus on jobs, the economy and education reform.

State legislators return to Raleigh

January 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State lawmakers convene Wednesday to kick off the legislative long session, then return in two weeks to start work in earnest. Phil Berger is expected to be elected to a third term as Senate leader, and Tim Moore is set to become speaker of the N.C. House.

Raleigh to purchase Dorothea Dix campus for $52M

January 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh City Council unanimously approved a deal to buy the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property from the state for $52 million. The agreement will allow for the creation of a destination park in the heart of the Capital CIty on the property that was once home to a psychiatric hospital.

N.C. Rep Starnes resigns to work for Cowell

January 13, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

N.C. Rep Edgar Starnes, the House majority leader for the past two years, announced he will resign his seat to become senior policy adviser for state Treasurer Janet Cowell. A Republican serving Caldwell County, Starnes will be Cowell's liaison to the GOP-led legislature.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police seeks body cameras

January 13, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants the city to spend $7 million on 1,400 body cameras, providing one for each officer. Charlotte City Council will vote on the purchase Jan. 26.