Jobs bill would raise cap on incentive-grant program

February 25, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican leaders introduced a bill Tuesday that would double the cap on the state's Job Development Investment Grant program to $45 million. Gov. Pat McCrory has said the program is nearly out of money. "We're the only state in the Southeast that doesn't really have a (incentive) program right now," Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told senators.

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins stepping down

February 24, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins will leave office in two weeks. Tompkins, 52, has been the top federal prosecutor for the Western District of North Carolina since 2010 and directed the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Rose will serve as acting attorney until a replacement is named.

Report: Infrastructure needs will outpace funding

February 23, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Transportation-advocacy group N.C. Go! estimates the state's transportation-funding shortfall could hit $60 billion by 2040, despite an Associated Press review that shows state highway spending grew by nearly 26% from 2008 to 2013.

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in NC to promote transportation proposal

February 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

U.S Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx made stops in Charlotte and the Triangle Thursday to promote the Obama administration's proposal to spend $478 billion on highway, transit and other transportation projects.
Also: VP Joe Biden and DOT chief Anthony Foxx push transportation proposal

UNC panel recommends closing poverty center, two other research institutes

February 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A UNC Board of Governors panel recommended eliminating three university centers, including UNC Chapel Hill's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, East Carolina's Center for Biodiversity and N.C. Central's Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. The recommendation follows a review of 240 research institutes across the UNC system. The state legislature had asked the system to consider redirecting $15 million from the centers to core activities. 

Hundreds turn out for hearing on offshore drilling

February 18, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Almost 400 people signed in Tuesday night at an information session on offshore drilling in Wrightsville Beach. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took comments via written notes and electronic submissions on a proposal by the Obama administration that would allow oil and gas exploration of the North Carolina coast.

House Speaker Tim Moore raises pay for returning staffers

February 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore increased salaries for several staff members who had previously worked for him or former Speaker Thom Tillis, though he will pay less for new hires. 

Former Charlotte CFO named deputy state treasurer

February 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Greg Gaskins was named deputy state treasurer for the state and local finance division. Gaskins was chief financial officer for the city of Charlotte from 2002 until his retirement in 2014.

State's incentives fund nearly out of money

February 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's main job-recruitment grant program is almost completely out of funds. Supporters of the incentives say North Carolina will lose companies to other states if the legislature doesn't approve more money for the program, while opponents say the incentives are unnecessary handouts to big corporations and haven't aided rural counties. Since Gov. Pat McCrory took office two years ago, the state has pledged about $299 million for more than 15,000 jobs. 

FBI investigates Chapel Hill shootings

February 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FBI has launched an investigation into the killings of three Muslim-American students in Chapel Hill earlier this week. Police said the shootings may have been the result of a parking dispute, but the victims' families believe it may have been a hate crime.