Tag:North Carolina

  • Rising costs send State Health Plan deeper into the red

    The State Health Plan is “on life support” and will require more state and employee contributions to meet massive unfunded obligations, state Treasurer Dale Folwell said Monday in his first Ask Me Anything monthly teleconference call with reporters. Since taking office in January, Folwell said, he has been…

  • State superintendent kicks off listening tour in Winston-Salem

    RALEIGH — State Superintendent Mark Johnson will kick-off his listening tour of North Carolina’s public school system Friday. Johnson last month promised he would travel the state to hear concerns from each district. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County district — where Johnson previously…

  • Judges deny request to delay special elections

    A panel of federal judges has denied a request from North Carolina lawmakers to delay an order to redraw state House and Senate districts by no later than March 15 and hold special legislative elections later this year. This upholds a ruling by the court Nov. 29. In August,…

  • Let’s start 2017 by promoting ideas that benefit all

    Lawsuits. Veto threats. Power grabs. Protests. My rights, his rights. No one’s right. What a way to end 2016. Recovering from one of most contentious elections and a special session of the General Assembly tarnished by constitutional challenges, most North Carolinians are left asking, can’t we all just get…

  • McCrory deserves credit for disaster-relief bill

    Hyperbole is alive and well in Raleigh. The superlatives, at one point this week, were flying. Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a $200.9 million disaster relief package for North Carolinians whose lives were uprooted this fall by Hurricane Matthew and western wildfires. The package, as we reported, includes $20…

  • New governor must make transparency a priority

    It’s an interesting time for news reporters in North Carolina and across the country. Newspapers, for example, are closing and consolidating. The consistency and frequency in which this is happening isn’t alarming, really. It’s been going on for a while. It does, however, portend a certain future, which is by…