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September 12, 2016

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2016 Elections

WRAL-NEWS: Elections board: McCrory campaign committee didn’t collude

Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign has been cleared of accusations that it colluded with the committee promoting North Carolina’s $2 billion bond referendum this spring, state Elections Director Kim Strach found in a memo released Friday.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Dollars flow in 2 competitive WNC House races

Close observers of North Carolina legislative races typically list two mountain contests among those where the chances of a change in control of a state House seat between the political parties are the highest. 

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: McCrory’s campaign focusing on teacher pay

The start of the new school year has reinforced the question many North Carolina voters have pondered for decades when choosing the state’s chief executive: who is truly an “Education Governor?”

THE WILSON TIMES: State surplus should be an election issue

The final numbers are in on North Carolina’s budget surplus. They are informative. They ought to provoke significant discussion. Instead, they have gotten virtually no media coverage or public comment.


WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: UNC report calls Wilmington schools ‘hyper-segregated’

A new report from the UNC Center for Civil Rights said more than half of New Hanover County schools are “racially imbalanced,” and called the district’s four magnet schools “hyper-segregated.”

NEWS & OBSERVER: UNC leaders look at funding campuses based on their performance

As UNC system leaders get to work on new strategic goals for North Carolina’s public universities, they may be looking to other states that reward campuses — or punish them — based on performance.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC gets $3.4 million for ACA navigators

Four North Carolina organizations will receive $3.4 million in federal grants to enroll residents in the coming year under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: As NC seeks to privatize Medicaid, nonprofit touts cost savings

As federal authorities weigh the North Carolina legislature’s request to privatize Medicaid services here, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that manages 1.6 million Medicaid patients for the state said it continues delivering financial savings and improved health outcomes for patients.

In the Courts

BLUE RIDGE NOW: Lawyers ask court for special legislative elections in 2017

Voters who successfully sued to strike down nearly 30 North Carolina General Assembly districts told a federal court Friday they want new maps drawn by late January and a special legislative election sometime in 2017.

BLUE RIDGE NOW: Despite vote changes, groups may go to court

In a case that could affect voter turnout in a presidential battleground state, an alliance of activists and Democrats scored some successes last week in persuading North Carolina officials to curb local Republican efforts to scale back early voting hours this fall, particularly in areas with high minority and Democratic populations.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Pop the Cap movement paves the way to Craft Freedom

North Carolina’s lucrative craft brew scene reached a turning point a dozen years ago when a disparate band of activists formed a movement called Pop the Cap, a grassroots campaign that led to a hard-fought legislative battle.


WRAL-NEWS: North Carolina seeks interstate designation for US 264

Gov. Pat McCrory says getting a section of a North Carolina highway designated a future interstate would help Greenville with economic development and improved access to East Carolina University and the region.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC Department of Transportation awards contract for Business 40 upgrade

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the renovation of Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem, along with the replacement of the Peters Creek Parkway bridge and interchange.


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