NC Politics in the News Dec 1 2014

December 1, 2014

Pardon Our Dust

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CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Talking turkey: North Carolina’s role in the Thanksgiving meal
Wherever you sit down to dinner on Thursday, chances are you’ll have a bit of North Carolina with you, as the Tar Heel State is a top producer of both turkeys and sweet potatoes.
WUNC: Charitable Giving ‘Drastically’ Down In North Carolina
A new report from the Secretary of State’s office shows charitable giving in North Carolina is drastically down.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Forsyth again rated a top county economically
A key measuring stick again lists Forsyth County among the top counties economically in North Carolina.
THE STATE: New NC film grant program comes with strings attached
Film industry boosters say interest in producing movies and TV shows has dropped dramatically as the state prepares to launch a scaled-back grant program to replace generous tax incentives eliminated last year.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Board of Education sues to make its own rules without state commission vetting
The State Board of Education is suing the state and the Rules Review Commission, claiming that authority given the board in the state constitution exempts its policies from commission oversight.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC Board of Education to hear AP US History controversy
The State Board of Education will hold a conference-call meeting Monday to hear from the College Board, which developed the class for high school students, and from a leading national critic of the revamped course.
CAROLINA JOURNAL: Some Reforms Have Broad Support
Although the gap between Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina is rather wide on a number of issues — tax policy, Medicaid expansion, and campaign-finance laws come to mind — there are still some prospects for bipartisan cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
WRAL: Voting machine problems do not change election outcome
Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley won her re-election campaign against Forsyth County lawyer Mike Robinson despite vote tabulation errors discovered in several counties throughout the state.
WNCT: Committee looks into beneficial uses of coal ash
The chairman of a North Carolina environmental committee says they are looking at beneficial uses for millions of tons of coal ash being stored in waste pits.
WRAL: NC medical examiner asked for fewer autopsies
North Carolina’s medical examiner’s office sent a memo to doctors in its Raleigh department, asking them to do fewer autopsies. The pathologists followed their instructions.
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: North Carolina’s record-keeping for deaths antiquated
The method by which death certificates are assembled and preserved in North Carolina is really getting old.
WRAL: Moore: ‘They want to see us govern’
Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, spent the past four years as then-Speaker Thom Tillis’ Rules Committee chairman, the affable technician who oiled the gears of legislative progress.
WNCN: NC laws on Venus flytraps, BB guns take effect
North Carolina laws taking effect Monday will add protections for Venus flytraps, let children in eight counties shoot BB guns unsupervised and allow criminal defendants statewide to have their case decided by a judge instead of a jury.
NEWS & RECORD: DOT’s long road to nowhere angers property owners
Now, the last corner of the property that has helped support his family since 1935 is part of a legal fight over land rights being waged from Winston-Salem to Wilmington against the N.C. Department of Transportation and its road-planning practices.
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