Government

Raleigh to purchase Dorothea Dix campus for $52M

January 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh City Council unanimously approved a deal to buy the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property from the state for $52 million. The agreement will allow for the creation of a destination park in the heart of the Capital CIty on the property that was once home to a psychiatric hospital.

N.C. Rep Starnes resigns to work for Cowell

January 13, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

N.C. Rep Edgar Starnes, the House majority leader for the past two years, announced he will resign his seat to become senior policy adviser for state Treasurer Janet Cowell. A Republican serving Caldwell County, Starnes will be Cowell's liaison to the GOP-led legislature.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police seeks body cameras

January 13, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants the city to spend $7 million on 1,400 body cameras, providing one for each officer. Charlotte City Council will vote on the purchase Jan. 26.

Tim Moore poised to become House speaker

January 12, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The small-town lawyer from Kings Mountain is set to become speaker of the N.C. House when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday. Tim Moore, 44, will be the youngest speaker in a quarter-century.
Related: Rural interests rise with Republicans

State legislature to reconvene Wednesday

January 12, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

A preview of the issues state lawmakers are expected to take on when the legislature reconvenes Jan. 14.

All high-school students switching to 10-point grading scale

January 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

All high-school students will switch from the current seven-point grading scale to a 10-point grading scale this fall. The state Board of Education voted in October to begin phasing in a 10-point scale with the freshmen class of 2015-16 but decided Thursday to make the change for all high-school students.

Lawmakers not rushed to restore incentives after lost Mercedes deal

January 8, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Some state legislators, including Rep. Julia Howard of Davie County, believe issues such as Medicaid and education will take priority over jobs incentives when the General Assembly convenes in late January.

McCrory talks Medicaid with Obama

January 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

At a Tuesday meeting with President Barack Obama, Gov. Pat McCrory said he asked the president about waiving federal rules on Medicaid expansion for North Carolina. McCrory said he also discussed transportation and energy issues with the president.

McCrory says legislature must fund jobs incentives soon

January 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that state legislators must act fast to fund job-creation incentives or North Carolina could lose companies looking to relocate or expand here. McCrory said he will meet with employers statewide this month, but he has little to offer them as funds for the state's Job Development Incentive Grant program are nearly depleted.

Martin to begin 8-year term as chief justice

January 5, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin will be sworn in for a new eight-year term on Monday. A graduate of Western Carolina University and UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, Martin was elected to the position in November but began serving in the role September 1, when Sarah Parker reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.