Government

NC GOP chairman could be ousted before convention

April 6, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Republican Party is calling for Hasan Harnett to be removed as chairman, accusing him of "potentially illegal behavior." A special meeting has been proposed for April 30, a week before the party's state convention. Harnett, the party's first black chairman, was barred from state Republican headquarters after he was accused of trying to tamper with the party website and cutting the price of convention fees. The conflict between Harnett and the state GOP has been compared to tensions in the national Republican party.

McCrory pitches teacher pay raises

April 6, 2016

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday his budget proposal will include plans to increase the average teacher salary in North Carolina to $50,000 per year. He also said his budget would include bonuses averaging 3.5% for teachers and principals. Mark Jewell, vice president of the N.C. Association of Educators, expressed skepticism. "The governor has a track record of signing whatever the legislature sends him, even if it’s a budget that ends up making North Carolina the second-worst for teachers in America," Jewell said.

Lionsgate cancels Charlotte film shoot over LGBT law

April 5, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The pilot for a new Hulu TV show called Crushed will be filmed in Vancouver, Canada instead of Charlotte. Lionsgate pulled production for the show because of the new state law that limits protections for LGBT people. The California-based studio is shooting a remake of the movie Dirty Dancing in western N.C.; Lionsgate will continue that project due since filming is already underway.

DHHS disputes Medicaid audit

April 5, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A state audit shows that North Carolina overpaid Medicaid providers by $835 million last year, thought the state Department of Health and Human Services says the figure is closer to $690 million.

Legislature may axe licensing rules for 12 occupations

April 4, 2016

(Greensboro News & Record)

State lawmakers are set to study a plan to eliminate state licensing requirements for a dozen occupations ranging from podiatrists to public librarians. The bill will be considered Tuesday by a legislative committee and may be considered by the full legislature during the session that starts later in April. State boards that grant the licenses include ones for fee-based pastoral counselors, electrolysis and laser hair practitioners, acupuncturists and athletic trainers.

Land expansion gives Piedmont Triad airport a chance for growth spurt

April 4, 2016

(Greeensboro News & Record)

Piedmont Triad International Airport is poised for expansion as construction continues on a taxiway and bridge that will connect the airport to 1,000 additional acres. The airport has transitioned from a small passenger-oriented facility into a diversified operation for cargo, aircraft maintenance and business-jet production that employs 5,000 people and helps support another 8,000 jobs in related industries.

Some Republicans open to minor changes in LGBT law

April 1, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

With major businesses and Democrats expressing outrage over North Carolina's new LGBT law, Gov. Pat McCrory said he is open to modifications of the law. Some Republican lawmakers said minor changes are possible. The law replaces local ordinances with a statewide nondiscrimination law that doesn’t include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories.


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Community college system picks S.C. exec for top spot

April 1, 2016

(WUNC.org)

North Carolina’s community college system named James “Jimmie” C. Williamson as president, succeeding Scott Ralls, who left last year to head the Northern Virginia Community College. Williamson serves as the CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System. In total, he’s served 27 years in higher education, including as president at two community colleges.

N.C. Rural Economic rebounds after state funding cut

April 1, 2016

The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center is recovering from a loss of state funding in 2013. The nonprofit agency, which aims to boost the economy in rural North Carolina, received $20 million to $24 million annual for three decades. The center has $3 million in operating expenses and a $5 million reserve.

 

AG Roy Cooper won't defend state in HB2 case

March 30, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday the new state law that limits protections for LGBT people is "a national embarrassment" that threatens the state's economy. Cooper refused to defend state officials and agencies in a lawsuit filed Monday, prompting N.C. Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger to call for his resignation.
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