Session stalemate stalls Tillis campaign

June 30, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

The stalemate that has stalled North Carolina's budget has also become a drag on Thom Tillis' U.S. senate campaign.

Ex-FBI agent goes to work for Board of Elections

June 30, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FBI agent who arrest former House Speaker Jim Black and U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. is now an investigator with the state Board of Elections.

DENR orders Duke Energy to fix more leaks at power plants

June 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

In letters sent to Duke Energy on Thursday, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked the utility to evaluate and fix leaks at four dams at its Dan River, Cape Fear and Roxboro power plants. The agency sent 14 such "letters of deficiency" to Duke last week, including one regarding its Lumberton plant where the state found "numerous gushers, drips and stains."

McCrory introduces new education-focused budget bill

June 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis introduced a new measure which would separate a teacher pay plan from the overall state budget. The bill, similar to the House's plan, would give teachers a 5% pay raise, allow them to keep tenure and does not eliminate teacher assistant positions.

NC Senate votes unanimously for closure of coal-ash pits

June 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state Senate voted 45-0 on the second reading of a bill that would force Duke Energy to close all of its coal-ash ponds. The legislation, which will require a third Senate vote on Wednesday, requires Duke to move ash from four power plants to lined landfills and close all 33 of its ash ponds in the state within 15 years. 

Gov. McCrory prepares for budget impasse

June 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory is making plans for a potential budget impasse if the N.C. House and Senate can not agree on a revised state budget by July 1. If an amended budget is not approved, teachers and state employees will not receive pay raises. The governor said the biggest issues yet to be resolved include Medicaid cuts, Medicaid cost forecasts and education spending.

FDA extends public comment period on e-cigarettes

June 23, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Food and Drug Administration extended the public comment period for feedback on how it should regulate electronic cigarettes until Aug. 8. The agency released a proposal in May that would extend its regulatory authority to e-cigarettes. The proposal recommends banning sales of e-cigarettes to youth and requiring health-warning labels on the products.

House, Senate disagree over Common Core replacement

June 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An N.C. House committee rejected the state Senate's bill to replace Common Core curriculum in public schools. The Senate plan would allow the state to keep some current Common Core standards, but a stricter House plan wants to prohibit the use of any provisions from the Common Core model.

AG Cooper says Duke should pay for coal-ash removal

June 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper told the state Senate that Duke Energy should pay for coal-ash cleanup at 33 sites across North Carolina rather than passing along costs to its customers. Charlotte-based Duke Energy has said it could cost up to $10 billion to move the coal ash to lined landfills.

Charlotte airport bill moves through NC House

June 18, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. House approved a bill that directs the city of Charlotte allow an independent commission run Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The bill has been criticized opponents as a "sneak attack" to steal the airport from the city.