Ethics panel throws out complaints against McCrory

November 5, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The North Carolina State Ethics Commission has thrown out two complaints filed against Gov. Pat McCrory. The first complaint said McCrory should have disclosed cash and stock he received from online mortgage broker LendingTree when he served on the board of the Charlotte-based company. The other complaint involved money he received for trips that were paid for by the Republican Governors Association.

Faculty groups denounce UNC chancellor raises

November 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Faculty groups at East Carolina University and Appalachian State University are raising objections to the UNC Board of Governors' decision last week to raise pay for 12 chancellors while wages for professors and other university employees remain stagnant.

Toll lanes a factor in Huntersville elections

November 5, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Four-term Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain was upset by John Aneralla, an opponent of toll lanes on Interstate 77, in Tuesday's election, while two incumbent town commissioners also loss their seats over their stance on the contentious issue.

Former Congressman Howard Coble dies at 84

November 4, 2015


Former U.S. Rep. Howard Coble died late Tuesday. Coble, a Greensboro native and the longest-serving GOP House member in North Carolina history, developed complications following a September surgery to remove skin cancer lesions and a lymph node. He was 84.

12 UNC chancellors get raises

November 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a closed session on Friday, the UNC System Board of Governors approved raises ranging from 8% to 19% for 12 chancellors. Open government advocates say the action violates the state's open meetings law. Faculty and university employees received a one-time $750 bonus this year, but no raises.

McCrory says McClatchy story distorted facts

November 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement criticizing a McClatchy story that ran in Saturday's editions of The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. The story says McCrory intervened on behalf of Keith Corp. CEO Graeme Keith when he wanted to renew $3 million in prison contracts over the objection of prison officials. McCrory says misleading headlines and cropped photos attempted to give the impression something improper or illegal was done.

Final bills await McCrory's signature

October 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to sign three of 11 remaining bills Friday morning in Charlotte, including a bill that would provide free college tuition to children of law-enforcement officers and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty. McCrory has until 11:59 p.m. on Friday to sign the remaining bills or they become law without his signature.
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McCrory signs law to prevent 'sanctuary cities'

October 29, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial bill Wednesday that prevents cities from protecting undocumented workers. The new law prevents cities from accepting identification not issued by a government agency. Opponents of the measure say it harms businesses reliant on immigrant labor.


Math, reading scores decline for NC's eighth graders

October 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's eighth graders scored worse on national math and reading tests administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress than they did two years ago. North Carolina was one of only three states that showed significant declines in both subjects. Fourth grade reading scores improved, while math scores remained unchanged.

Fennebresque resigns from UNC Board of Governors

October 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Fennebresque stepped down as chairman of the UNC Board of Governors Monday, three days after the board announced that Margaret Spellings would become the new UNC System president.