Government

Cook fired over McCrory incident offered help from Charlotte mayor

February 19, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon reached out to a gourmet-food store cook who was fired Sunday after a confrontation with Gov. Pat McCrory, offering to help the man find a new job. 

Duke official apologizes; regulators say no health risk in Dan River

February 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a meeting of the N.C. Environmental Review Commission on Monday, state regulators and a Duke Energy official maintained that water from the Dan River poses no immediate health threat and apologized for the accident that spilled up to 40 tons of coal ash from its shuttered power plant in Eden into the river.

Gov. McCrory says teacher pay hike is first step of comprehensive plan

February 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory says that his proposal to increase pay for first-time teachers is only the first step in a comprehensive plan and he expects to introduce future proposals to reward veteran educators. 

Justice Department investigates state agency after coal-ash spill

February 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Following last week's coal-ash spill into the Dan River in Eden, the U.S. Justice Department began a criminal investigation of the state agency charged with regulating Duke Energy. Both the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Charlotte-based utility received subpoenas and both have vowed to cooperate in the case.

Voller postpones announcement of new Democratic party leader

February 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After resistance from party leaders, N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller canceled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning where officials said he had planned to name Ben Chavis as executive director.  

DHHS warns against touching water, eating fish from Dan River

February 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is telling people downstream of Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River to avoid contact with the water and avoid eating fish or shellfish from that section of the river while it continues to monitor and evaluate data.

State environmental regulators to create task force for coal-ash ponds

February 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced it will assemble a task force of experts in water resources, dam safety and solid waste management to review coal-ash ponds in an effort to prevent another spill.

Price-gouging law goes into effect as winter storm approaches

February 12, 2014

(Jacksonville Daily News)

Now that a state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina due to the winter storm, the state's price-gouging law is in effect. State Attorney General Roy Cooper made the announcement yesterday to prevent businesses from charging too much for critical goods and services.

 

Tillis leads GOP candidates in campaign cash

February 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

According to a campaign report, Republican Thom Tillis has raised $1.8 million for his Senate campaign, more than three times the amount raised by any of his GOP opponents. The amount includes donations from the PACs of more than 10 Republican U.S. senators and House Speaker John Boehner.

Filing period opens for 2014 campaigns

February 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The filing period has begun officially for this year's elections, and will end at noon on Feb. 28. The primary election will be held on May 6 and this year's general election will be Nov. 4.