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  • State Justices Uphold Legislative, Congressional Districts

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that congressional and legislative redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly in 2011 are constitutional. The plaintiffs, led by the state Democratic Party and N.C. NAACP, plan an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • State Urged To Drop ‘Tier’ System For Development Grants

    RALEIGH — Saying the current plan is antiquated, a legislative agency on Monday recommended that the state scrap its three-tiered system for awarding economic development grants. “The economic development tier system, which was designed to award tax incentives, has outlived its purpose,” said Sara Nienow, senior program evaluator at the…

  • Dog Boarding Facilities In Tug of War With Regulators

    RALEIGH — Heidi Ganahl, owner of the Camp Bow Wow boarding centers and day camps for dogs in several states, says North Carolina’s regulations on pet boarding facilities aren’t consistent with those elsewhere and often appear to be arbitrary and not aligned with any demonstrated need to protect the safety…

  • State To Collect $1.8 Million For Unused Buildings

    RALEIGH – The Council of State on Tuesday approved the sale of five buildings in downtown Raleigh, which will bring more than $1.8 million to state coffers. The General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division and the State Property Office said the five properties are no longer used by state government. The…

  • Elections Board Chairman Stepping Down

    RALEIGH — Josh Howard, the chairman of the State Board of Elections, has announced that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016. He made the announcement Tuesday during a board meeting. Howard told Carolina Journal he was stepping down because the unpaid job was taking about 20 hours weekly,…

  • State May Enroll Retirees in Medicare Advantage

    RALEIGH — Moving retirees to a Medicare Advantage plan could save the state of $64 million annually, said David Vanderweide, a legislative fiscal analyst. However, savings eventually could drop years to between $30 million and $40 million a year if Medicare Advantage premiums increase faster than claims to the state’s traditional…

  • NCGA Moving Forward on State Property Sales

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to sell houses and other real properties owned by the state that are unused, or have not been used to their full potential. They’re also preparing a plan to improve the management of state properties and prevent the state from entering into…

  • Lawmakers Grill Officials About Prison Contract

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers spent two hours Wednesday grilling the state budget director and the public safety secretary over the extension of a prison maintenance contract by a contractor who kept mentioning that, as a campaign contributor, he thought he should get something from the state in return.