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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.

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Treasurer: Towns need oversight from regulators in audits

Some financially strapped small and rural local governments across North Carolina are struggling to file on-time audits with the state, and that has prompted State Treasurer Dale Folwell to call on regulators to take a more active role in addressing the issue before serious problems like careless spending or even embezzlement occur.

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Treasurer urges legislative action in wake of Spring Lake official’s indictment

The indictment of a former Spring Lake town official on embezzlement and fraud charges highlights the need for legislative action. That’s the reaction from state Treasurer Dale Folwell, who urged lawmakers “to help prevent future abuses in state and local gove

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Raleigh seeks Appeals Court review of suit challenging water, sewer fees

Raleigh is asking the N.C. Court of Appeals to take up a case of developers challenging city fees charged for new water and sewer users. Millions of dollars are at stake. Lawyers for the capital city filed paperwork Thursday with the state’s second-highest court.

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Second Greenville red-light camera case appealed to N.C. Supreme Court

The N.C. Supreme Court could decide whether Greenville’s red-light camera enforcement program is based on an unconstitutional local law dealing with health. A plaintiff making that claim filed paperwork Monday asking justices to take up her case. That notice of appeal arrived less than a month after a unanimous N.C. Court of Appeals panel rejected...

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Appeals Court rejects Wilmington’s short-term rental registrations, upholds rest of ordinance

The N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling blocking Wilmington from using a registration scheme to limit ownership of short-term rental properties. But the unanimous three-judge panel has restored part of the ordinance struck down in the original court order. Despite a mixed ruling for short-term rental property owners and the city, an...

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Greenville’s red-light camera opponents urge inaction from N.C. Supreme Court

Plaintiffs challenging Greenville’s red-light camera enforcement program are asking the N.C. Supreme Court to stay out of the case. The state’s highest court agreed Wednesday to block an Appeals Court ruling against Greenville’s red-light program. That decision was labeled a temporary stay. Now the Supreme Court must decide whether to grant a “writ of superseadas.”...

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State Supreme Court blocks ruling against Greenville’s red-light cameras

The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed to block a lower court ruling against Greenville’s red-light camera enforcement program. The court granted a temporary stay Wednesday. It will allow the program to proceed as a lawsuit against red-light cameras continues. Greenville and the Pitt County school system jointly requested the stay Tuesday. A unanimous three-judge panel...

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Durham case gives N.C. Supreme Court chance to clarify economic rights

The case of a fired Durham police sergeant gives the N.C. Supreme Court a chance to consider constitutional protection of economic liberty. The state’s highest court agreed this month to take up the case of Michael Mole’. He argues Durham was wrong to fire him from his police job after a controversial 2016 hostage negotiation....

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