The Rocky Mount Telegram says that that residents ought to be breathing a collective sigh of relief after news broke of a deal between Duke Energy and the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
The Charlotte Observer says that the recent Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi should spur creative thinking about North Carolina’s election system.
It appears state Republican leaders were right. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has stepped away from his defense of this state’s gay marriage ban says the Fayetteville Observer.
The Greensboro News & Record says that the legal profession and judicial candidates must speak out against distorted attack ads in upcoming court races.
Rob Christensen writes that what North Carolina needed during the past 18 months was Erskine Bowles sitting in the governor’s chair.
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
In a Sunday piece, The Charlotte Observer employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.
August 01, 2014, By Barry SmithRALEIGH – State Auditor Beth Wood has chided the Department of Health and Human Services for dragging its feet in gaining federal certification for its NCTracks Medicaid information system, an omission that could cost the state $9.6 million a year. The department says it’s aiming for federal certification by October. But Wood says the department doesn’t have a plan to achieve that goal.
CHARLOTTE — American Airlines plans to end its daily flight from Charlotte to São Paulo, Brazil, this fall, the airline said Thursday, a cut that will leave the airport without nonstop service to South America. The São Paulo flight, which operates under the US Airways banner, will end Oct. 1. The airline said Charlotte travelers will still be able to get to Brazil via Miami, American’s primary hub for Latin American flights.
WINSTON-SALEM — North Carolina’s tax credits for historic preservation projects could get its own new breathe of life after appearing destined for the dust bin. On Tuesday, legislative leaders did not include an extension of the tax credit in the final version of the state budget for 2014-15. That means the tax credits, which have played a pivotal role in reviving historic buildings in Winston-Salem and statewide, would expire at the end of the year.
WINSTON-SALEM — A updated state audit on the performance of North Carolina’s controversial Medicaid claim-processing system says its current inefficiencies are costing the state at least $9.6 million in annual federal funding. The State Auditor’s report, issued Thursday, represents the latest in a long line of financial, information technology and regulatory mishaps involving NCTracks as overseen by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
FAYETTEVILLE — Nine years after the last one opened, a new stretch of Fayetteville’s Outer Loop should be ready for traffic Monday. That is when drivers are expected to begin using the 1.7-mile section between Bragg Boulevard and Murchison Road. The new connection foreshadows the eventual closing of Bragg Boulevard through Fort Bragg, a longtime Army security goal.
CHAPEL HILL — A new four-year tuition guideline for the UNC system would cap tuition increases at 5 percent annually and would substantially limit tuition-funded financial aid for needy students at some campuses. The plan would cap at 15 percent the amount of tuition revenue diverted to financial aid for lower-income students.
CHAPEL HILL — A UNC system report on Thursday recommended 36 steps to respond to sexual violence, beef up law enforcement preparedness, and combat alcohol and drug abuse on the state’s public campuses. The report was compiled after a year of study and discussion by a large task force of university police chiefs, lawyers, student counselors, medical professionals and others who routinely deal with crime, sexual assault and substance abuse.
WILMINGTON — The debate was passionate, heated and – at times – pointed. But the end result of the vote in the N.C. House on Thursday afternoon was that the state’s film incentive program still has life after the chamber adopted an amendment by state Rep. Ted Davis Jr., R-New Hanover, to extend the existing program until January 2016.
WILMINGTON — A state-appointed science panel began work last week on an update to a controversial sea-level rise report, members of the panel said Thursday at a meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission. The CRC, which oversees development in the state’s 20 coastal counties, is meeting this week in Beaufort.
WILMINGTON — Coastal regulators may consider altering the existing windows for dredging and nourishment projects as part of a comprehensive management plan for the state’s 12 developed inlets, according to an informational presentation given Thursday to the Coastal Resources Commission. The CRC, which oversees development in the state’s 20 coastal counties, met this week in Beaufort.
RALEIGH — It sounds like a fish tale. An angler comes in after a day on Tuckertown Lake, southwest of Asheboro, ties his boat to the dock and walks to the parking lot to retrieve his truck and trailer. As he reaches for his keys, he notices the vehicle has been attacked by vandals. The paint is scratched, the side trim pulled off, the rubber windshield gasket plucked out and torn to bits.