Government

McCrory voices support for offshore drilling, fracking at energy conference

December 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory, who previously worked for Duke Energy, spoke at an energy conference in Durham this week about his involvement with the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, which supports offshore drilling. McCrory also repeated his support of shale gas exploration, but questioned the costs of subsidizing renewable resources including solar and wind.

NCDOT closes Bonner Bridge after inspections reveal dangerous erosion

December 4, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the 50-year-old Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks because of safety concerns. Emergency ferry service was launched late Tuesday for Hatteras Island residents. State DOT officials say repairs could take up to 90 days.

Former Marion fire chief charged with embezzlement

December 4, 2013

(The McDowell News)

A grand jury has indicted the former fire chief of the Ashford-North Cove Volunteer Fire Department under allegations he embezzled money. Thomas Dexter Swofford is accused of embezzling more than $269,000 of the fire department's funds between Jan. 2010 and July 2013.

Rev. Barber leads picketers outside Pope-led discount stores

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The NAACP leader who led Moral Monday demonstrations against laws passed by the state General Assembly earlier this year is now joining picketers outside discount stores operated by Variety Wholesalers Inc., of which state budget director Art Pope is CEO and board chairman.

Former UNC-CH African studies chairman accused of felony

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The former chairman of UNC Chapel Hill's African studies department has been indicted by an Orange County grand jury. Julius Nyang'oro is accused of a felony for accepting payment for a class he did not teach in the summer of 2011.

State Medicaid office names new director

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dr. Nancy Henley has been appointed the new medical director at the state Medicaid office within the Department of Health and Human Services. Henley is currently an associate professor of medicine at UNC and a health care consultant; she previously worked at the DHHS in the early 2000s.

NCDOT says Bonner Bridge needs repair

December 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making emergency preparations should the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge need to be closed for needed repairs to a southern section. The DOT has been unable to begin construction on a replacement bridge due to legal challenges to the proposed 2.8-mile bridge. 

Bryson City federal courthouse will close at year-end

December 2, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A federal courthouse in Bryson City is among four nationwide that will close at the end of the year in an effort to save money. The courthouse, which does not have a resident judge, serves six Western counties.

Governor's staff charging fees for access to public records

November 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Media outlets and others requesting North Carolina public records have been assessed service fees by McCrory staffers, who have been demanding payment for requests taking longer than 30 minutes to process.

More state budget cuts ahead unless Congress reaches deal

November 26, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Budget negotiations for next year's federal spending will resume after the Thanksgiving break, and unless Congress reaches an agreement in December, North Carolina and the country could face sequestration cuts for the second year in a row. North Carolina areas which could be hit the hardest include Head Start, research, military spending and affordable housing.