Proposal would expand solar power in NC

April 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican state legislators introduced a bill that would allow independent energy developers to sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses, bypassing large energy companies. Major corporations including Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Target have urged House Speaker Tim Moore to support the policy.

Bill proposes statue of Billy Graham at US Capitol

April 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators want to replace a statue of former Gov. Charles B. Aycock at the U.S. Capitol with one of Billy Graham. Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville, said he filed the bill at the request of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Aycock, who served as governor from 1901 to 1905, has been criticized recently for his white-supremacist views. Jeter says the statue would be paid for with private donations.

State awards film grants totaling $10M

April 6, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CBS TV series Under the Dome was awarded a $5 million state grant for filming its third season in Wilmington. An untitled TV project expected to film in western N.C. will receive $4 million, and a film project titled Late in the Season, which will shoot in Davidson and Charlotte, will receive the remaining $1 million in grant funds.

DHHS audit finds deficiencies

April 3, 2015

(Greensboro News & Record)

An audit of the state Department of Health and Human Services showed significant errors and deficiencies in its oversight of state programs, including errors in 24% of 272 claims sampled that resulted in $464,942 in overpayment.

House approves sale of eastern NC power plants

April 2, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Gov. Pat McCrory was expected to sign a bill that will allow 32 eastern cites to sell their ownership stakes in five power plants to Duke Energy Progress (Statewide, September 2014). The state House and Senate approved the legislation, which is expected to lower electric rates for customers in those municipalities.

Report shows sea level will continue to rise

April 2, 2015


The state will seek public comment on a report released Tuesday by the Coastal Resources Commission's Science Panel that shows sea-level rise along the North Carolina coast of up to 10.6 inches over the next 30 years. The report presents three possible scenarios; all show more pronounced sea-level rise in the Outer Banks compared with southern beaches.
Read more about the debate over sea-level rise in our November 2014 cover story, "Land's End"

Moore urges lawmakers to consider fallout from religious freedom bill

April 1, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

House Speaker Tim Moore wants state legislators to consider how passing the religious freedom bill could affect North Carolina's brand. Moore said at a news conference that while many House Republicans deem the bill as important, the legislators' primary goals are job creation and improving roads and education. A group of American businesses that includes American Airlines, Apple, Replacements and Wells Fargo issued a statement Tuesday urging state lawmakers across the nation to halt anti-LGBT legislation.

McCrory approves changes to state gas tax

April 1, 2015


Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed a bill that will cause a short-term decrease in the state gas tax, but the tax is likely to go up this summer. The bill, which legislators say adds stability to funding for road construction and maintenance projects, will cancel out a planned cut to the gas tax that was scheduled to take effect in July.

McCrory calls sales-tax bill 'class warfare'

March 31, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday a Senate bill that proposes to redistribute sales-tax revenue from urban areas to rural ones would raise taxes for "millions of people in North Carolina." State Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews has introduced a competing proposal that wouldn't impact urban areas as much as the first bill filed by Sen. Harry Brown. 

Tillis, Burr vote with Democrats for same-sex marriage benefits

March 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr voted last week for a budget amendment that would give legally married same-sex spouses Social Security and veterans benefits. The North Carolina senators joined nine Republicans and all Democrats in voting for the measure.