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January 25, 2016

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2016 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: AFL-CIO endorsements include Cooper, Ross, Meeker
The state AFL-CIO announced on Tuesday it is endorsing a slate of Democrats running for office on the spring ballot, including Attorney General Roy Cooperfor governor, former state Rep. Linda Coleman for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Josh Stein for attorney general, former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker forlabor commissioner, Dan Blue III for state treasurer, and former state Rep. Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate.

NEWS & OBSERVER: AG candidate Buck Newton books first TV ads of 2016 campaign
State Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican running for attorney general, is among the first candidates to start running TV commercials.

NEWS & RECORD: Poll shows Trump, Clinton have big NC leads
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton lead their respective presidential primary fields by large margins in North Carolina, according to anew Public Policy Polling survey.


WRAL-TV: Raises for some or all teachers likely to be debated again
North Carolina’s elected officials sound headed toward a familiar debate over teacher pay when the legislature reconvenes in about three months.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: 2 Charlotte charters pose NC challenge: Time to pull the plug?
A struggle over the survival of two long-standing Charlotte charter schools could shape the future of the burgeoning movement in North Carolina.

NEWS & RECORD: NC public universities break record at nearly 225K students
Students are flocking back into North Carolina’s public universities.The 16-campus system’s governing board is scheduled to hear Thursday that University of North Carolina schools broke an enrollment record this fall withnearly 225,000 students.

Energy & the Environment

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Duke Energy sets NC solar record
Duke Energy says it installed a record amount of solar power, totaling more than 300 megawatts, in North Carolina last year.

CNBC: US Forest Service rejects proposed forest route pipeline
The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia becauseof concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources.

Economy & Economic Development

WRAL-TV: Johnston County Commissioners oppose CSX cargo hub plans
Tension has been mounting over the past week about a proposed CSX cargo hub in Johnston County.

THE INSIDER: The Hillshire Brands Company to create 98 jobs in Edgecombe County
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announcedtoday that The Hillshire Brands Company will create 98 jobs over the next three years as it expands its bakery operations in Edgecombe County.

ABC-13 TV: Sailboat maker Gunboat International to be sold at auction
A company that makes luxury catamarans on Roanoke Island is expected to be sold at a court auction this spring.

CITIZEN-TIMES: Sitel closing Asheville location
Sitel is closing its Asheville call center, a move that will affect about 250 workers, according to a news release from the company.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Raleigh’s Capital Bank considering headquarters move to Charlotte
Raleigh-based Capital Bank is weighing a relocation to Charlotte once it receives regulatory approval for its planned acquisition of CommunityOne Bancorp,officials said Wednesday.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC voter ID trial opens in Winston-Salem
Many in North Carolina may begin their Monday morning assessing what, if any, obstacles were left behind by the winter storm that covered the state withsnow and ice.

International Involvement

THE INSIDER: Senate blocks bill aimed at suspending Middle East refugees
A proposal by North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson to suspend admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees failed in the Senate on Wednesday afternoonafter Democratic lawmakers voted en bloc against it.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Chinese ambassador to visit Charlotte
China’s ambassador to the U.S. is set to visit Charlotte next week, an event that local groups hope will boost the region’s potential economic ties toChina.

Public Safety

THE INSIDER: McCrory wants study of ways to prepare NC inmates for workplace
Gov. Pat McCrory told a panel of education officials Tuesday that his administration plans a “full examination” of what’s being done to prepare county andstate prisoners for the workplace when they are released.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Regional planning group approves toll lanes
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization voted Wednesday to continue supporting toll lanes, including a controversial project onInterstate 77 that has divided the region.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: I-77 could take a toll on Gov. Pat McCrory
The warning signs are out on Interstate 77, alerting drivers to changing traffic patterns during the construction of new toll lanes.


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