Category: North Carolina

  • Hudson praises Trump executive order on offshore energy production

    A couple of weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th District, asked President Trump to reverse Obama-era regulations that effectively halted oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast. Hudson was by the president’s side on Friday when Trump signed The America First Offshore Energy Executive Order. It opens…

  • Cooper picks three for national education commission

    Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday appointed three of the state’s highest ranking education leaders to the national Education Commission of the States. Martez Hill, Margaret Spellings, and James Williamson were named to the organization, which brings together education leaders from around the country to address education policy issues.

  • PARODY: Jordan, NBA lead fight against state feline

    A proposal to name North Carolina’s state cat was purring toward passage. But the measure designating the bobcat as the state feline became entwined in controversy after basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan began a dogged campaign to stop it, with the help of the NBA, Carolina Journal…

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • UPDATE: Cooper signs bill providing class-size flexibility

    UPDATE, April 27, 6:45 p.m. Gov. Roy Cooper signed H.B. 13 into law. UPDATE, April 27. 4:25 p.m: The House agreed with the revised Senate version of the bill Thursday afternoon, passing it by a 112-3 margin.  After weeks of outrage from school administrators who worry that lower class sizes…

  • House passes modest changes in craft brewery rules

    The House voted 95-25 Wednesday night to loosen, very slightly, some of the state’s regulations governing craft breweries. House Bill 500, which now goes to the Senate, would place into law a number of provisions that previously had been allowed by rules crafted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control…

  • House passes right-to-work constitutional amendment

    State Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, characterized North Carolinians’ right to work as a freedom so cherished that it was vital to strengthen it from a state law to inclusion in the state constitution. By a 75-44 vote Tuesday night, House Bill 819…

  • Mass. entities claim solar power on N.C. grid will offset carbon use

    Three parties are claiming that energy from the 60 megawatt Summit Farms Solar project in Currituck County will offset a portion of their “carbon footprint”: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. MIT says the solar power purchased from the Currituck…