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October 31, 2016

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2016 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: McCrory closes gap against Cooper in new poll

Gov. Pat McCrory has closed a significant gap between himself and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper in a Monmouth University Poll released Monday.

WRAL-NEWS: Complaints hit accuracy of NC touch-screen voting machines

North Carolina’s elections board says it’s received a smattering of complaints about electronic voting machines getting things wrong, but nothing outside the norm for a presidential election year.

WRAL-NEWS: Supreme Court spending ‘all about redistricting’

Although most decisions of the North Carolina Supreme Court are unanimous, this year’s election contest between incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds and challenger Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan is on track to become a multimillion-dollar campaign, complete with a jarring attack ad, a presidential endorsement and an earworm-worthy jingle.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Observer poll shows tight races for White House, governor, Senate in North Carolina

Less than two weeks before the election, North Carolina is a battleground on multiple fronts with tight races for president, governor and U.S. Senate, according to a new Charlotte Observer poll.


DUKE CHRONICLE: Long-time state Rep. Paul Luebke dies Saturday

Democratic state Rep. Paul Luebke, who represented Durham for 25 years in the state House, has died at 70.


WRAL-NEWS: NC principal pay slated for possible overhaul

A joint legislative study committee on school-based administrator pay unveiled Monday a preliminary proposal to reform the way North Carolina pays its principals. 

WRAL-NEWS: Some NC schools could get calendar relief in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Top House lawmakers say they want to give school districts affected by Hurricane Matthew relief from the requirement they operate for 180 days per year.

Health Care

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: How will Wilmington ask legislators to address opiate epidemic?

A group of elected officials, medical personnel and law enforcement will reconvene next month to map out specific requests for how the N.C. General Assembly could help Wilmington — and the state — battle the opiate epidemic.

BLUE RIDGE NOW: Benchmark health coverage costs rising fastest in rural NC

With just one insurer offering the broadly subsidized insurance policies of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in North Carolina, cost increases for a benchmark plan will rise by more than 80 percent in some of the state’s poorest counties, newly released data show.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: Court: DMV failed to register voters properly

A federal judge has ordered state elections officials to count provisional ballots cast in the upcoming election from people who tried to register to vote at the state Division of Motor Vehicles but whose names don’t appear on voter rolls.

ASHEBORO COURIER TRIBUNE: US Supreme Court’s review of Virginia transgender teen’s case could stall HB2 proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to take up the case of the Virginia transgender teen who was banned from using the bathroom at his Gloucester County High School that corresponds with his gender identity.

WALB-NEWS: Justices to hear sex offender’s challenge to Facebook ban

The Supreme Court will take up a free-speech challenge to a North Carolina law banning registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that minors can join.

State & Local Government

NEWS & OBSERVER: McCrory will ask for special session on storm recovery

Gov. Pat McCrory will call for the legislature to convene a special session to deal with Hurricane Matthew disaster relief after all.

NEWS RELEASE: Governor McCrory announces appointments

The office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced a number of appointments on Friday.


WRAL-NEWS: McCrory announces $147M in transportation, infrastructure projects

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday that $147 million is being distributed to 508 towns and cities for transportation and infrastructure projects.