Patrick Gannon says that if you follow the N.C. General Assembly and aren’t on Twitter, you should be. Most state government news gets broken via Twitter today.
The Fayetteville Observer says that the General Assembly’s leadership is all about punishing any institutions that won’t march with it in ideological lockstep.
The Rocky Mount Telegram writes that this year’s session produced more than its share of the usual Good, Bad and Just Plain Ugly.
JLF’s Becki Gray says that from restraint to relief to reserves, our state’s leadership has built on themes started in 2011 of reforms, redirection, and rebuilding.
The Winston-Salem Journal says that watching the state legislature at work this session is worse than watching the proverbial sausage being made.
The notion of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has given way, even among journalists, to a multicultural fetish against offending anyone who is not Western, or who is among a media-anointed "victim class.
Those who read, watch, and listen to the news lose when media outlets decide to ignore the “wrong” side.
A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.
October 06, 2015, By Jesse SaffronRALEIGH — The UNC system’s 16 universities employ 47,894 people. Of those employees, 1,039, or 2.17 percent, earn more than $200,000 and 6,243, or 13 percent, earn more than $100,000. The share of UNC employees earning six-figure salaries far outpaces that of other state agencies. Of the 87,364 state employees, only 56, or 0.06 percent, earn more than $200,000, and just 1,900, or 2.17 percent, earn more than $100,000.
RALEIGH — N.C. National Guard helicopter rescue crews are in South Carolina to help rescue drivers and residents trapped by flood waters. About 20 Guard troops and 10 civilian paramedics and firefighters are working under the S.C. National Guard at the request of Gov. Nikki Haley. The Helo Aquatic Rescue Teams are based in Salisbury and left for South Carolina on Sunday night.
FAYETTEVILLE — Tractor-trailers loaded with blankets, generators, water, cots and other emergency supplies left the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s command center on Simmons Army Airfield on Monday for states affected by flooding. Officials from FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers arrived at Fort Bragg to set up the command center Thursday. The agencies will divvy supplies into tractor-trailer trucks, which will roll out to the states in need.
WINSTON-SALEM — The voter ID law will be back in federal court later this month. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder plans to hold a hearing Oct. 23 to get an update on efforts to settle the legal claims against the photo ID requirement. The N.C. NAACP, the U.S. Department of Justice and others filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Voter Information Verification Act, which was passed by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2013.
WINSTON-SALEM — State lawmakers approved a bill in the final hours of the general session last week that includes a provision aimed at countering the moratoria passed by local governments, including Stokes County, on potential hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the drilling method used to extract shale gas or oil.
WINSTON-SALEM — The domestic home-furnishings industry remains on a slow, steady path to improved financial health, but the squeeze from Asian imports remains strong, according to a study released Monday. Even as all top-20 U.S. manufacturers and marketers showed an uptick in shipments from 2013 to 2014 — an average of 5.7 percent to reach $10.6 billion — foreign imports rose 8 percent to $21.36 billion, according to Greensboro management firm Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos.