Government

Charlotte investor Nelson joins UNC board

July 30, 2014

(Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte investor Anna Spangler Nelson, daughter of former UNC System President C.D. Spangler Jr., was elected to the system's board of governors.

Greensboro cracks down on crowded clubs

July 30, 2014

(News and Record, Greensboro)

A nightclub owes nearly $300,000 in fines for repeated overcrowding, which city officials say could cost lives. Visions Entertainment Complex often attracts 1,800 people, double its capacity.

Blogger accuses Berger of charter-school conflict

July 30, 2014

(News and Record, Greensboro)
A retired Winston-Salem stockbroker filed a complaint alleging Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger doesn't want charter school salaries publicized to protect his son's newly approved school.

Cooper won't fight federal court ruling

July 29, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper says it would be "futile" to fight a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The final decision, he says, will most likely be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sports car group wants Pilot Mountain to itself for a day

July 29, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Pending legislation would essentially allow a group of vintage sports-care enthusiasts to close Pilot Mountain State Park to the public on Sept. 11.

Senate, House say they've reached a budget deal

July 28, 2014

(Raleigh News & Observer)

The North Carolina Senate and House have agreed to a budget that increases the salaries of state teachers by 7% and saves the jobs of teaching assistants.

The myth behind N.C.'s cut in jobless benefits

July 28, 2014

(The New York Times)

After eliminating jobless benefits for those unemployed 20 weeks or longer, North Carolina became a partisan player in the debate on economic policy. A closer look, however, reveals that it has performed similarly to neighboring states.   

NC Senate supports closing fund for corporate recruitment

July 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A bill passed by the N.C. Senate included a measure to establish a new closing fund that would give the state commerce secretary the ability to offer upfront incentives to large companies looking to relocate or establish operations in North Carolina. 

Senate proposes major changes to Medicaid

July 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would take control of Medicaid away from the Department of Health and Human Services. A paid board of directors would run the health-insurance program that covers 1.7 million people. The bill also supports a move toward commercial managed care for Medicaid.

NC Senate gives initial approval to sales-tax changes

July 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would place a cap on the amount of sales taxes counties can collect. Under the proposed legislation, most counties would be limited to a local sales- and use-tax limit of 2.5%.