Government

House committee approves Pittenger's bill for business board

June 12, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A U.S. House committee has approved a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger that would create an advisory board to advocate for small businesses in the financial sector. The full House is expected to vote on the bill this summer.

NC House budget proposes 5% teacher raise funded by lottery

June 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state House proposed a budget Tuesday that would give teachers an average 5% raise without requiring them give up tenure. Money would come from increasing the advertising budget for the N.C. Education Lottery, which could lead to increased lottery sales. The Senate budget plan calls for an 11% raise for teachers who give up tenure. 

NC Senate panel approves surprise bill to resolve Charlotte airport battle

June 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A state Senate panel passed a bill that would establish the Charlotte Airport Commission as an agency of the city. The bill is meant to clarify who owns the commission for the FAA, which has not given the commission authority to run the airport. Critics, including Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, say the dispute should be resolved among Charlotte leaders and not in the General Assembly. 

Duke Energy signs agreement with states to pay for coal-ash cleanup

June 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke Energy signed an agreement with environmental officials from North Carolina and Virginia Monday to pay for cost associated with the cleanup of February's coal-ash spill in the Dan River. A federal criminal investigation, launched in the wake of the spill into relationships between Duke officials and state regulators, has not yet been resolved.

Pittsboro leaders close to decision on Chatham Park development

June 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners could vote tonight on Preston Development Co.'s plan for a project that would add 22,000 homes to the town of 4,000 people over the next few decades. 

McCrory speaks out against bill to revoke Common Core

June 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory called efforts to repeal Common Core standards for education "not a smart move." The Senate voted Thursday to approve a measure which would replace the rigorous curriculum standards; the House approved a different version of the bill on Wednesday.

NC House, Senate support bills for private agency to assume recruitment efforts

June 6, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Both the state House and Senate tentatively approved bills that would allow a new private, nonprofit agency to assume North Carolina's business recruiting responsibilities. The both legislative bodies will hold a third vote on the measure next week.

McCrory signs energy bill to speed up drilling for gas

June 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory signed a bill to fast-track drilling for shale gas, allowing the state to issue permits 60 days after the Mining and Energy Commission finalizes rules for the practice, which could be as early as spring. McCrory says the bill will create high-tech jobs and boost rural areas. State-sponsored drilling of test wells to help the industry assess shale gas potential could begin this fall.

NC House education panel wants to replace Common Core

June 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The House Education Committee voted in favor of a bill to phase out Common Core standards for math and language arts education. Some parents, teachers and conservatives have complained that the state is losing control of curricula under Common Core, but supporters argue that the standards make students better prepared for future employment.

Cannon pleads guilty

June 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon apologized to the community and pleaded guilty of a federal charge of accepting bribes including cash and airline tickets in exchange for his influence over city officials. Meanwhile, federal investigators say the case is not closed, and they are still following leads to see if the corruption goes deeper in the Charlotte's government.