State lawmakers likely to miss Aug. 31 budget deadline

August 25, 2015


N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca said Monday the state legislature will need another deadline extension to settle on a budget plan. The budget was 55 days overdue as of Monday, and lawmakers have already extended the deadline twice. Officials estimate the cost of each day of the legislative session at about $42,000. Legislators have worked 27 days since the fiscal year ended June 30.

State looks at ways to boost lottery sales

August 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State lawmakers are looking at ways to generate more revenue from the N.C. Education Lottery. A plan currently under review would significantly increase advertising and would add games that could be played on computers or smartphones. Nearly $2 billion in lottery tickets were sold last year, providing more than $500 million for education programs.

House passes bill that toughens requirements for unemployed

August 21, 2015


The N.C. House passed a bill that would increase the number of potential employers an idled worker would need to contact from two per week to five per week in order to keep receiving unemployment benefits.

NC House rejects Senate's economic-development bill

August 20, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

By a vote of 111-2, the N.C. House rejected the Senate version of an economic-development bill that included a plan to distribute more sales-tax revenue to counties based on population rather than the current model, where the majority of sales-tax revenue is based on the point of sale.

House, Senate leaders agree to $21.735 billion state budget

August 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

House and Senate leaders agreed Tuesday on a $21.735 billion budget, a 3.1% increase over the previous fiscal year. The compromise means it is unlikely that state workers will receive a 2% raise proposed by the original House budget. The two chambers also still need to work out differences regarding education spending.

Construction of Bonner Bridge replacement could begin next spring

August 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center has dropped lawsuits that have held up construction of a replacement for the Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks. Construction of a new bridge across the Oregon Inlet is expected to begin next spring and will take three years.

Academic panel says Common Core standards need to be revised

August 18, 2015


The co-chairs of a state panel say North Carolina's academic standards need changes, though they didn't say whether the group would recommend doing away with national Common Core standards altogether. The Academic Standards Review Commission is expected to give its final recommendation to legislators by December.
Related: Panel revising Common Core standards: Change requires money


Land company paid Robert Pittenger $3.7 million in 2012

August 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s annual financial disclosure shows his wife Suzanne took over the family land business after the Charlotte businessman won election to Congress, leaving him with no financial interest in the company. In 2012, he received salary and bonus of $3.7 million, while his wife earned more than $1 million. He said last week that the FBI has investigated the company he founded, which raised millions of dollars from investors to buy property.


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UNC Chapel self-reports more potential academic violations

August 17, 2015

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC Chapel Hill said it found what appears to be additional NCAA violations in women’s basketball and men’s soccer while preparing the response to its long-running academic scandal The school's response to the NCAA, which is due in the next week, has been delayed for a review of the new information.


Huge increase in donations cited at UNC Chapel Hill

August 14, 2015

(The News and Observer)

UNC Chapel Hill landed $447 million in donations and commitments in the fiscal year that ended June 30 – a 44% increase from a year earlier. The previous record was $342.8 million in 2008. The most recent year’s total included a $100 million pledge from Wilmington businessman Fred Eshelman for the UNC pharmacy school.