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November 16, 2015

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Economy & Economic Development

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: State reaches $1 billion surplus for jobless benefits
The N.C. Commerce Department said Thursday it has achieved a $1 billion surplus in the state’s unemployment insurance benefits fund for future economicdownturns.

TRIAD BUSINESS JOURNAL: Retiring N.C. senator wants tax change before he exits
Last week, state Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) disclosed plans to retire from the General Assembly next year after nine terms. Rucho, 67, leads the senatefinance committee and has been an influential advocate for reducing tax rates on companies and individuals.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Opposing forces weigh in on Common Core
Math teachers and university professors are challenging changes recommended for public school math classes that a state commission is preparing to bring toa vote next month.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislators want records from UNC board’s closed session on chancellor raises
Legislative leaders want “any and all records” from the UNC Board of Governors’ closed-door meeting last month where 12 chancellors’ salaries were raised.


THE STOKES NEWS: Hall nominated to District 91 seat
Kyle Hall has been nominated by the Stokes and Rockingham county Republican Party Executive Committees to serve the remainder of former Rep. BryanHolloway’s term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

WRAL: One House term for state Rep. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is enough. Now he wants to move over to the North Carolina Senate
One House term for state Rep. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is enough. Now he wants to move over to the North Carolina Senate.

WITN: Heads or Tails: North Carolina towns decide elections with coin flip
In at least five North Carolina town council elections, the winner came down to a simple coin flip because the races were deadlocked.

Energy & Environment

NEWS & OBSERVER: EPA: NC risking federal takeover of environmental regulation
North Carolina’s recent tactic of blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters could result in a federal takeover of thestate’s regulatory program.

Health Care

WRAL: DHHS discloses second Medicaid data breach
The state Department of Health and Human Services revealed Friday that a staffer potentially compromised the confidential health information of hundreds ofMedicaid patients, marking the second time in recent months this has happened.


ABC 11: North Carolina’s First Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Now Open
The state’s first Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is now open for business.


NEWS & OBSERVER: McCrory, looking ahead, says more bond borrowing will be crucial
Gov. Pat McCrory told a business-friendly audience at a forum in Cary on Wednesday that, if re-elected, he would push for additional borrowing of at least$1 billion to pay for roads and transportation infrastructure across the state.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: With I-77 work set to begin, one more effort to stop it
Three days before work starts on the Interstate 77 toll lanes, two N.C. senators Friday plan to ask Gov. Pat McCrory to cancel the project.

STAR NEWS: Pair of area rail projects face big hurdles
One large­scale rail proposal for the region is inching ahead, while another may be stalled in its tracks.


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