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State’s highest court wrestles again with Leandro education funding issues

The North Carolina Supreme Court could decide in the coming months whether to strike the most recent decisions about court-ordered education funding in the 30-year legal battle commonly known as Leandro. All seven justices spent 80 minutes Thursday morning listening to and questioning lawyers who defended and opposed an April 2023 trial court order calling for $677 million in additional state funding.

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Critics of NC’s 30-day voter residency requirement seek trial after March 5

Plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s 30-day residency requirement for voters are asking a federal court to combine an injunction hearing with a trial to decide the case’s outcome. Paperwork filed in court this week seeks to hold the trial after the March 5 primary.

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State’s highest court could decide fate of Greenville red light camera program

The North Carolina Supreme Court will decide in the months ahead whether a cost-sharing agreement that funded Greenville’s red light camera enforcement program complied with the state constitution. Justices heard an hour of oral arguments on the topic Wednesday.

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Appeals Court to decide whether lack of public hearing could kill a CON

The outcome of a legal dispute over a new hospital emergency department in Buncombe County could depend on a state law requiring a public hearing. The state Appeals Court will decide in the months ahead whether the absence of a public hearing jeopardizes the certificate of need for a new Mission Health emergency department in Candler.

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ROI: NC Innovation spent big on lobbying, staff bonuses, before receiving $250 million in taxpayer funds

According to documents obtained by Carolina Journal in response to a public records request, the nonprofit, NC Innovation (NCI), spent at least $288,000 on lobbying state lawmakers during critical budget negotiations in the summer of 2023. Subsequently, NCI was written in to the state's two-year spending plan as one of its largest line items.

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Appeals Court reverses course, favors school systems in COVID-related bus accidents

The state Court of Appeals has reversed its own decisions in two cases involving school buses that caused damage while delivering meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In decisions released Tuesday, Judge Jeff Carpenter explained the new rulings favoring the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Alexander County school boards.

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