Rob Christensen writes that Duke Energy is coming under more scrutiny than at any time since the 1930s and 1940s, when populists criticized power companies for not extending their lines to the countryside.
As more school boards oppose the teacher-tenure scheme, Gov. McCrory hints he’ll step in. He should, forcefully says the Greensboro News & Record.
Scott Mooneyham says that in a position to have more influence over the university budget, Art Pope’s pet peeve remains.
Scott Mooneyham says that in North Carolina political circles, it is no secret that one of the largest employee groups in the state is coming after State Treasurer Janet Cowell.
North Carolina cities have more economically distressed places than do its rural areas. Mayors must push for change says the Greensboro News & Record.
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.
March 10, 2014, By Dan WayRALEIGH — Unlike the managed-care model McCrory administration officials rolled out last year, the new proposal maintains the fee-for-service payment method to providers that critics have said drives up Medicaid costs. The new plan does not require providers to compete among one another, nor would the plan force providers to assume financial risk if spending goes over budget.
RALEIGH — As public pressure builds to dig up coal ash from waste lagoons in North Carolina, Duke Energy is facing a potentially massive cleanup bill that the Charlotte electric utility has been trying to dodge. Early indications suggest Duke’s price tag could approach $1 billion, based on ash removal expenses in South Carolina. Deciding who pays the bill – Duke’s customers or its shareholders – would pose another challenge.
ASHEVILLE — Toxic waste from the burning of coal has piled up in two unlined lagoons at Duke Energy’s Lake Julian power plant for decades with little government oversight or public attention. And for years, one of the state’s top lawmakers has zipped by on his way from Henderson County to Raleigh unaware that those two ponds — covering nearly 100 acres — rested just beyond a stand of trees off Interstate 26.
RALEIGH — There are fewer people protecting the state’s waters than there were a month ago. Last week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources eliminated 13 percent of the staff positions in the Division of Water Resources. The cuts were only the latest step in years of winnowing the state agency. Legislators have erased jobs there every year since the recession in 2008.
RALEIGH — Call it a ray of light, albeit a seemingly accidental one, into the world of dark money and policy making. It was the spring of 2013, and lawmakers were busy drafting more than 1,700 bills, including a handful that had big implications for companies that manage homeowners associations and condominiums.
GREENSBORO — The embattled state Democratic Party promoted one of its top officials to the executive director post Sunday, ending a monthlong leadership vacuum that put the party in turmoil. The executive council picked Casey Mann, 40, a Democratic operative, as the day-to-day manager of the party. She is a close ally of state party Chairman Randy Voller, having managed his campaign for the job.
ASHEVILLE — If you shop at the farmer’s market, hike at the N.C. Arboretum or attend any number of events at the WNC Agricultural Center, you are benefiting from the work of Sen. Martin Nesbitt. If your children are in public school in Buncombe County, they have modern facilities because of Nesbitt’s efforts. If you have attended a college or community college in the last decade in North Carolina, you have benefited from his leadership.
CHARLOTTE — With two weeks left to enroll in health insurance for 2014 through the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of uninsured residents in North Carolina could face penalties if they don’t meet the March 31 deadline. Despite a horrendous roll out – with the federal marketplace website malfunctioning for almost two months – about 4 million people nationwide had signed up by the first of February.
RALEIGH — A year and a half since a patient’s death following a dental procedure and several months after a second fatality tied to “conscious sedation,” the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners is planning changes to its rules on training, emergency response and sedation.
RALEIGH — State and local governments in North Carolina could use unmanned aircraft for law enforcement, hurricane recovery and monitoring wildlife, a new state report suggests. While the report issued by State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes concludes that governments in the state should pursue the use of drone technology — safety, privacy and data security issues must be addressed.
RALEIGH — The head of the state Division of Employment Security says that the federal government has thrown a monkey wrench into the agency’s legal battle with a Durham attorney over public records. Agency chief Dale Folwell said that, after a phone conversation with federal Department of Labor officials Friday morning, he finds himself uncomfortably situated “between a rock and a hard place.”
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state’s economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script. The state’s 25 percent refund on expenses by production companies that film in the state is set to expire at the end of the year unless the General Assembly agrees to extend it, like it did in 2012, or rewrite it.
WILMINGTON — STate Rep. Susi Hamilton said she was shopping at a Wilmington clothing store recently when she noticed another man in the store picking up a large quantity of shirts, sweaters and ties. “He walks to the counter and throws his credit card down,” recalled the New Hanover County Democrat. After he left, she asked store clerks who he was. “They said, ‘He’s the director from ‘Under the Dome’ and comes in and buys 800 (items) for his crew.’
RALEIGH — A split N.C. State Board of Education has agreed to change how students are labeled based on standardized test scores in a move that likely means more students will be considered proficient in skills and courses. It could also mean thousands of third-graders will avoid summer reading camps.
WILMINGTON — The cold storage facility slated for construction at the Port of Wilmington is growing in size as officials eye expanding the amount of agriculture products moving through the port. Chuck Schoninger, managing member of USA InvestCO, said the cold storage blueprint has expanded from 75,000 to 102,000 square feet.
KINSTON — The CSS Neuse is a rare piece of Civil War history – a remarkably intact ironclad ship freed 50 years ago from the Neuse River. Now the state’s archaeologists are going back for more. On Monday morning, a 23-foot boat will sweep sonar waves and a magnetic-field instrument over a half-mile stretch of the river near Kinston, searching for parts of the Confederate ship, including a propeller, an anchor and a cannon.