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December 14, 2015

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2016 Elections

TWC NEWS: Robert Brawley to Challenge Governor McCrory in Primary Race
Governor Pat McCrory has a primary opponent for the 2016 gubernatorial election

NEWS & RECORD: 2016 legislative retirements marked by top GOP leaders
Democrats Marc Basnight, Tony Rand and Joe Hackney were the veteran political powerhouses of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009. Within fouryears, they were all out of power and out of office — largely the result of age, illness and the ascendancy of the Republican Party in state politics.

WRAL: Opinion: Candidates can’t be the face of bond campaign
​Candidates running for offices such as governor or attorney general won’t be able to serve as spokesmen for committees promoting or opposing the March 15bond referendum, according to state elections officials.

WRAL: Super PAC supporting North Carolina lieutenant governor
A political action committee that can take unlimited contributions from donors has been formed with the primary goal of helping Republican Dan Forest getre-elected as North Carolina’s lieutenant governor in 2016.


WRAL: Senator asks state to halt payroll deductions for educators group
Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, has asked the Office of State Controller to stop deducting dues from members of the North Carolina Association of Educators, ateacher advocacy group that has tangled with lawmakers over salary and education policy.

ABC 11: UNC Board names Junius Gonzales as interim system president
Junius J. Gonzales, senior vice president for academic affairs of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, will become the University’s interimpresident, effective January 4, 2016.

Energy & Environment

STAR NEWS: Proposed offshore wind turbines source of contention for beach towns
The view from several Cape Fear coastal communities could be dotted with fields of wind turbines, unless the concerns from local beach towns are heard.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Utilities Commission approves electricity discounts for industrial customers
The N.C. Utilities Commission this week approved a special discount on electric bills for industrial power users, a price break Duke Energy has beenseeking for favored customers for at least four years.

Health Care

WFAE: Public Health Report Shows NC As Most Improved State
North Carolina showed the most improvement of any state in a major public health report released Thursday.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Electronic cigarette sales continue volume decline
Declines in electronic cigarettes sales continued during November, as heightened promotional activity failed to generate higher consumer interest,according to the latest industry data from Nielsen.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Researchers measure NC psychiatric bed shortage
The state would need another psychiatric hospital nearly the size of Central Regional in Butner to reduce average wait times for beds to about one day forpatients in the middle of the state, according to a study released this month.

Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC public safety agency says budget has hampered terrorism probes
The head of the state’s public safety agency Thursday criticized state legislators for what he called a “dangerous” and shortsighted move that has hamperedefforts to detect and prevent crime, including terrorism, in North Carolina.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Why couldn’t the DOT build free lanes on I-77?
In the debate over whether to build toll lanes on Interstate 77, the N.C. Department of Transportation has said starting over with a new plan would takeyears.

ABC 11: Expanded bus service, rail highlight Wake transit plan
New and improved buses, more routes throughout Wake County and a rail system stretching 37 miles, all of this is part of a new transit plan unveiled bycounty leaders Tuesday.


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