Gov. Pat McCrory makes the best and obvious choice of naming veteran jurist Mark Martin to serve as chief justice says the Greensboro News & Record.
Tourism in North Carolina is a $20 billion-a-year industry, and that's only counting what visitors – traveling for recreation or on business – actually spend here says the Wilmington Star-News.
The General Assembly is concerned that too many of its laws are being subjected to constitutional challenges. Its solution is a potentially unconstitutional provision says the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Despite groups spending $35 million, North Carolina voters remain unmoved in the state’s Senate race between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis writes Rob Christensen.
Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration are making steps toward pushing Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash-storage ponds. But a lot more is needed says the Winston-Salem Journal.
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 21, 2014, By CJ StaffRALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation’s top education expert says a Wake County Superior Court ruling this morning takes opportunities away from low-income parents and children seeking alternatives to North Carolina’s traditional public schools. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional.
RALEIGH — The state’s Coal Ash Management Act, described by advocates as the first of its kind, passed the state legislature with a broad majority on Wednesday, about six months after a corroded pipe spilled huge volumes of the gray, sludgy industrial byproduct into the Dan River.
WINSTON-SALEM — The legislation that cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday allows Duke Energy to close some of its coal ash pits using a method – known as cap-in-place – that has been linked with groundwater contamination at the company’s Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County.
RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the state Utilities Commission was within bounds when allowing a Duke Energy subsidiary to impose a residential rate increase despite an appeal by the N.C. Attorney General. The decision, issued Wednesday, included no dissenters.
RALEIGH — Lawmakers will end their session without providing a new job recruitment fund Gov. Pat McCrory had sought. The General Assembly adjourned sine die – Latin for “without day” – when the Senate ended its session at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday evening. Lawmakers will not return to work this year unless McCrory vetoes a bill or calls lawmakers back for a special session.
RALEIGH — Fracking foes booed, jeered, hissed, chanted, snickered, sang – and one even wept – at a Raleigh public hearing Wednesday to vent their frustration about proposed rules that would clear the way for shale gas exploration in North Carolina next year. Around 500 people turned out in the middle of the day at the N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center for the first of four public hearings to hear comments about the proposed safety rules.
GREENSBORO — Two new polls show that U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s early lead against challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the N.C. House, may be diminishing. A poll released Tuesday by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling shows Hagan, a Democrat, leading Tillis, a Republican, 42 percent to 38 percent. Last month, the poll had Hagan leading 41 percent to 34 percent.
CHARLOTTE — Bank of America’s nearly $17 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over soured mortgage bonds is expected to be announced Thursday at a press conference in Washington. A press release from the U.S. Justice Department said Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials would make a “major financial fraud announcement” on Thursday.
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina still has interest in renovating the Smith Center or building a new arena to replace it, but those plans “have been pretty much on the back burner for 12 months,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in an interview earlier this week. Cunningham has publicly expressed a desire to renovate the Smith Center, which opened in 1986, and add premium features – like luxury suites – that could generate more revenue.
RALEIGH — Wake County has lost its eight-year legal battle to force online travel companies to pay millions of dollars in alleged back taxes. Despite the county’s legal defeat, however, subsequent developments – most notably a change in state law enacted years after the county sued the online travel companies – have enabled Wake and other North Carolina counties to collect the disputed tax going forward.
WILMINGTON — Since its creation five years ago, the Wilmington Police Department’s crime lab has been relying on taxpayer dollars to cover operating costs, but that wasn’t the plan. Instead, defendants found guilty of crimes in which lab work was used would be responsible for paying fees aimed at covering lab costs.
CHARLOTTE — Your water bill is based on how much water you use. Your power bill is based on how much electricity you consume. That principle could be coming to garbage pickup in the city of Charlotte, which is studying whether to implement a “pay as you throw” fee method, in which residents pay for how much garbage they produce.
WINSTON-SALEM — Dialing an area code for all phone calls in the Triad will be mandatory as part of a state regulatory decision that adds a 743 area code for future phone numbers. The N.C. Utilities Commission said Wednesday it approved on Aug. 13 establishing an all-services overlay — or a 10-digit dialing plan — for the Triad.