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  • Lawmakers Not Concerned About ‘Green’ Energy Claims

    RALEIGH — Two leading legislative critics of tax incentives to the renewable energy industry have not taken issue with an unusual new program used by Duke Energy allowing high-consumption electricity customers using traditional energy to claim their plants are powered by renewable sources.

  • N.C. Obamacare Patients See Surging Premiums

    RALEIGH — As the Jan. 31 deadline to obtain a health insurance policy for 2016 on the federal health exchange looms, enrollment has grown slightly, but individuals signing up for Obamacare in 2016 should expect to pay premiums that are between 20 percent and 30 percent higher than those charged…

  • Critics Worry About Debt Load From Bond Package

    RALEIGH — While publicly lobbying for the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum that will be on the March 15 ballot, Gov. Pat McCrory and members of his administration say the measure will be fiscally prudent, reducing state General Fund debt over the next five years. But a small and…

  • Watchdogs Keep Tabs on Government Press Officers

    RALEIGH — A national government watchdog group is collecting examples of government employees who are responsible for providing public information but in fact impede the free flow of information to journalists. Media executives in North Carolina say the problem is pervasive here, especially in state government.

  • McCrory Names New Budget, Revenue Chiefs

    RALEIGH — Lee Roberts will have completed 18 months as state budget director when he leaves Feb. 1 for a private sector job. Andrew Heath, chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, will succeed Roberts. Gov. Pat McCrory tapped Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray for an emergency appointment to a vacant seat…

  • Lawmakers Notified Of Renewable Tax Credit Cost

    RALEIGH — State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state’s new Safe Harbor Act — a total more than five times higher than initial projections. Some worried the program will be a drain on state finances…

  • Direct Primary Care Could Cover State Workers, Medicaid

    RALEIGH — A growing health care alternative in North Carolina that shuns insurance for services provided by physicians at a set price could be incorporated into the state’s insurance program for government employees, along with Medicaid — the federal/state health insurance plan for the poor, aged, and disabled.

  • Dozens of Lawmakers Face Smooth Path to Election

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and 2nd District U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers are among high-profile Republican incumbents who have drawn Republican primary opponents, but 54 other candidates were, in effect, elected to the General Assembly on Monday because nobody chose to run against them from either party…

  • Both Sides Declare Victory In Ruling On Open Meetings

    RALEIGH — A Superior Court judge ordered the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education to release previously undisclosed information about the circumstances surrounding the departure of a school superintendent in what media lawyer John Bussian said was “a big deal” for the public’s right to know. A former school board member disputes the…