Government

Magistrates resign over same-sex marriage law

October 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Citing religious beliefs, at least six magistrates have resigned because of the change in North Carolina's marriage law that requires them to perform same-sex marriages. 
Related: Pasquotank magistrate resigns after refusing to marry same-sex couple

 

UNC scandal ranks among the worst

October 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The 18-year scheme that kept athletes at UNC Chapel Hill in classes they weren't required to attend ranks among the worst academic scandals, according to some sports-law experts. About half of the 3,100 students involved in the no-show classes were athletes.

Democrats denounce Tillis' switch on Medicaid

October 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis said this week that North Carolina should consider expanding its Medicaid program. A spokeswoman for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said Tillis is "trying to have it both ways."

Early voting period begins today

October 23, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Early voting begins today in all 100 counties in North Carolina for people who registered to vote by the Oct. 10 deadline. The early voting period runs through midday Nov. 1. Main-in absentee ballots should be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 4.

 

Report reveals 18 years of academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill

October 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An investigation into academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill revealed an 18-year scheme based on a system of no-show classes for student athletes. Following the report's release, Chancellor Carol Folt said four university employees will be terminated and another five will face disciplinary action.

Bald Head Island gets permit to build terminal groin

October 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management issued a permit that will allow Bald Head Island to construct a terminal groin to prevent erosion. Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach and Figure Eight Island are also seeking permission to build erosion-control structures.

Berger to file bill protecting state officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriage

October 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger will introduce a bill that would protect magistrates, registrars of deeds and other employees who refuse to officiate at same-sex weddings if it violates their religious beliefs. A magistrate from Rockingham County quit his job because he said marrying same-sex couples compromises his religious beliefs.
Related: Swain County magistrate resigns over personal objection to same-sex marriage

Turnout is key in US Senate race

October 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Both incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis say turnout is the key in the tight race for U.S. Senate. In addition to spending millions of dollars on radio, TV and Internet advertising, both campaigns have volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors to try to sway undecided voters.

Report on academic fraud at UNC to be released Wednesday

October 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Investigators will present report findings in the academic fraud case involving student athletes at UNC Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Following a closed session with the board of trustees and the UNC Board of Governors, attorney Kenneth Wainstein will hold a press conference with Chancellor Carol Folt and UNC system president Tom Ross.

Review panel says Common Core too hard for some students

October 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Some members of the review commission tasked with replacing Common Core academic standards in North Carolina's public schools say the the rigorous standards are not age-appropriate and are too hard for some students.