Government

Loss of film tax credit worries Wilmington businesses

August 6, 2014

(WRAL.com)

The state budget approved by the House and Senate includes $10 million in grant money for the film industry, about 16% of what the state awarded in tax credits in 2013 and less than half the incentives awarded to "Iron Man 3." Wilmington business owners say the state can't afford to lose the film industry.

 

State closes ball field at Brunswick middle school after coal ash found

August 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has closed the baseball field at a Brunswick County middle school after it was discovered that the land was used for coal-ash disposal. Southport's Cogentrix coal-fired power plant disposed of the ash in the early 1990s, before its hazards were known.

Goolsby resigns from NC Senate

August 5, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Thom Goolsby resigned from the North Carolina Senate on Monday. The Wilmington Republican, a lawyer, also ran an investment-advisory business until the state Dept. of Commerce revoked his license in May after investors sued his company over losses (Regional Report, July). He was not running for re-election. 

State legislators can't agree on how to adjourn

August 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Unable to agree on an adjournment plan, members of the North Carolina House and Senate must hold skeleton meetings every fourth day in order to comply with the state constitution. Legislators running for re-election in November are not allowed to receive campaign donations from certain political action committees while the legislature is in session.

Winners and losers from the NC legislative session

August 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lawmakers approved legislation to allow fracking and voted to replace Common Core standards in public schools, but couldn't agree on a plan for coal-ash cleanup. 

McCrory addresses coal-ash cleanup without legislation

August 4, 2014

(WRAL.com)

After state legislators delayed a coal-ash cleanup bill until November, Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order instructing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to monitor groundwater at 33 coal ash ponds throughout the state. Environmentalists say the action doesn't do enough to protect North Carolina's waterways.

Historic preservation, film incentives to expire at year-end

August 4, 2014

(WRAL.com)

The state's incentive program for the film industry will be scaled back to a $10 million grant program, and the tax-credit program for the renovation of historic buildings will be allowed to expire at the end of the year.

Environmental groups say GOP has gutted state pollution laws

August 4, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Environmental groups say GOP lawmakers have passed measures that threaten air and water quality in the state and damage North Carolina's reputation as an environmental steward.

Teacher raises come at a price

August 1, 2014

(News and Observer, Raleigh)

The 7% pay increase for North Carolina teachers will cost $282 million, money the state will get by cutting funding to health and welfare programs and other state spending.

UNC Board proposes cap on financial aid

August 1, 2014

(News and Observer, Raleigh)

A committee of the UNC Board of Governors approved a plan to cap annual tuition increases at 5% and limit the amount of tuition revenue that could be diverted to financial aid at 15%.