Opinion

NCUC public comment hearings produced first amendment concerns

From July 11 through August 23, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) conducted several public comment hearings regarding the state’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. At these meetings, members of the public could (or should have been able to) freely speak out and address the commission on their implementation of the carbon plan, which the General Assembly...

André Béliveau
Opinion

Woke prosecutors, urban crime, and the gun surge

Memphis anchor Joyce Peterson summed up the attitude in a lot of urban environments today when she broke down on air over rising crime and the loss of life. “Memphis is tired right now. Yeah. I’m good. I’m with you all,” Peterson said. “Memphis is tired right now. … It’s difficult right now. Bear with me. It’s a very...

Ray Nothstine
News

Appeals Court rules against Fayetteville, vote on city council’s structure back in play

A split three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has rejected Fayetteville’s request to keep a referendum off the local election ballot. The referendum will allow city residents to decide whether to change the way they elect their city council.

CJ Staff
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Appeals Court blocks ruling that would put Fayetteville council’s future on ballot

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has blocked a trial judge’s decision to place a referendum on the election ballot in Fayetteville. The referendum would allow voters to decide whether to change the way Fayetteville elects its city council. The Appeals Court has asked parties in the dispute to submit more information by 4 p.m. Thursday.

CJ Staff

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Appeals Court rejects Charlotte’s request to give rezoning case more value as precedent

The N.C. Court of Appeals has denied Charlotte’s request to “publish” a recent decision in a rezoning dispute. Publication would have allowed the case to be used as a precedent in future state court proceedings. The court issued its denial without comment Tuesday.

CJ Staff
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N.C. county commissioners unveil new emergency-preparedness initiative

Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams saw the challenges that elected officials faced with emergency preparedness during Hurricanes Dorian, Florence, and Isaias while he served as the chairman of the board and decided to do something about it.

Theresa Opeka
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Fayetteville asks N.C. Appeals Court to block ballot measure on council elections

The city of Fayetteville has filed emergency paperwork with the N.C. Court of Appeals to block printing of local election ballots. Officials are raising concerns about a referendum that would change the way the city elects its governing board.

CJ Staff
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Hoke commissioner candidate’s bribery allegations rejected by state elections board

In paperwork filed Wednesday with the N.C. Court of Appeals, the State Board of Elections is urging the appellate court to reject a request from a Hoke County candidate to intervene in the county commissioner’s race. Lent Carr, who finished fourth in the May 17 Democratic primary, alleges that one of his competitors bribed voters...

CJ Staff