New faces on UNC Board of Governors

August 10, 2015


Seven of the nine new members of the UNC System Board of Governors are from eastern North Carolina.

Charter-school takeover bill developed in private

August 10, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte state representative develops plan for taking over worst-rated public schools outside of "public radar," months after deadline for submitting new legislation.

State budget delays cause ripple effects on students, schools

August 10, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Delay in approving state budget leaves question marks for school employees, students.

NC House moves $2.85B bond referendum to 2016

August 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House decided Thursday to move a proposed bond referendum to the 2016 presidential primary election. The chamber had previously wanted voters to consider the $2.85 billion bond proposal in November. The proposal now moves on the the N.C. Senate.

Senate drops controversial proposals to speed up budget talks

August 6, 2015

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate leaders said Wednesday they will remove provisions on Medicaid reform, jobs incentives and sales-tax distribution from budget negotiations. Senate leader Phil Berger said the chamber will introduce separate bills on business incentives and Medicaid reform.

$2.8B bond referendum clears NC House committee

August 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A House committee approved a $2.8 billion bond package for infrastructure projects, with about $400 million of the money allocated for transportation needs. Under the House plan, an additional $1.3 billion for transportation projects and improvements would be funded through the state budget and would not require borrowing. House leaders hope to present the referendum to voters in November.

Apodaca moves two key bills

August 5, 2015

(The Daily Reflector)

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca moved House bills on business-recruitment incentives and Medicaid reform to new committees on Tuesday. The Hendersonville Republican said the bills could be considered this week or next.

NC to challenge EPA rules on carbon emissions

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina will file a legal challenge to a new Environmental Protection Agency plan that would require power plants to cut carbon emissions 32% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Opponents, including Gov. Pat McCrory, say the rules will raise electricity rates.

Former SEANC director faces felony charges

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former SEANC Director Dana Cope, 45, was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Cope, who resigned in February after 15 years at the helm of the organization, is charged with spending $570,000 of SEANC funds on flight lessons, landscaping, vacations and other purchases.

NC revenue grew 6% in fiscal 2014-15

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's revenue for the year that ended June 30, 2015 exceeded $21.4 billion, about $445 million more than projected and a 6% increase over the previous year.