News Reports (Page 9)

  • Plan to implement Innovative School District moves forward 

    In September, North Carolinians will know which low-performing elementary schools will be considered for the Innovative School District in 2018 and be turned over to charter school operators. Formerly known as the Achievement School District, the Innovative School District was brought about last year by House Bill 1080, from Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg. It wasn’t until March of this year that the North Carolina…

  • NCGA attorneys to court: We would have to redraw more than 100 districts

    Legislative lawyers told a three-judge federal panel handling a redistricting lawsuit a special General Assembly election this year would affect nearly two-thirds of the districts in the state, cost $20 million, and force lawmakers to violate several other constitutional provisions. In a 32-page argument filed Thursday in the…

  • Chief justice addresses transparency, bias, access to courts

    Mark Martin was elected chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in November 2014, three months after Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him to serve the remainder of retiring Chief Justice Sarah Parker’s term. Two years ago, Martin, who has served on the court since 1999, convened the North Carolina…

  • Bond agencies reaffirm North Carolina’s AAA rating

    N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell on Thursday announced that all three major national bond rating agencies reaffirmed the state’s “AAA” bond rating. All three noted stable outlooks as an upcoming sale of about $106 million of General Obligation Bonds and $300 million in Limited Obligation Bonds is…

  • A legislator’s perspective on human trafficking

    Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg (NCGA photo) It’s been a decade since Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, uncovered a sex trafficking ring at a hotel in west Charlotte. What he learned is forever branded in his memory. A new broker with a commercial real estate firm, Brawley was assigned to manage…

  • Cooper takes out leachate bill with sixth veto

    Gov. Roy Cooper ended the most recent session of the N.C. General Assembly much like he started it. The General Assembly in late June passed House Bill 576 — known as the “Allow Aerosolization of Leachate” bill. The Senate voted 29-14; the House, 75-45. Cooper, a Democrat, responded with another veto, his…

  • Legislators await news from court before taking up redistricting

    As state lawmakers returned home for a brief summer break, some members and their staffs were awaiting court orders outlining new General Assembly districts after federal judges declared the current map unconstitutional and racially gerrymandered. A U.S. District Court for the Raleigh area is expected to issue instructions soon that may break up 28 state legislative districts. The goal is making future…

  • Toll of human trafficking gains notice of lawmakers, law enforcement

    It happened so quickly. Joy Anderson was first deceived. Then, she was lured into a prostitution ring. Anderson, one of four adopted children, had a good home life. But she felt like an outsider, a perception she attributes to her dark skin and unique personality. She met her traffickers at age 19, and, as odd as it now sounds, Anderson found a place…

  • Cheers, N.C.: Governor signs bill easing rules on distilleries into law

    Cheers, North Carolina. North Carolina distillers and restaurateurs on Friday evening were toasting Senate Bill 155, which Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law. Distillers are relieved as much as they are happy. It’s a boon for North Carolina tourism and agriculture. “I am truly elated to hear Governor…

  • Legislative session adjourns early Friday, with more to come

    Round one of this year’s legislative session is over. But they’ll be back. At 1:49 Friday morning, the House passed a resolution to adjourn (temporarily), almost an hour after the Senate wrapped up its business. A statement issued early Friday by Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, noted that the…