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December 5, 2016

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2016 Elections

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Gov. Pat McCrory concedes defeat to Roy Cooper as Durham recount wraps up

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he’s conceded the election to Democrat Roy Cooper, the state’s attorney general, and will support transition efforts.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Senate candidate Susan Evans won’t seek recount

Democrat Susan Evans announced Wednesday that she won’t ask for a recount in a close N.C. Senate race with Republican Sen. Tamara Barringer.


WRAL-NEWS: Experts weigh in on NC principal pay

The Joint Legislative Study Committee on School-Based Administrator Pay met for the second time Monday and heard from a panel of experts on the issue of reforming the principal pay salary schedule.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC moves up vote on letting 19 schools operate more like charters

State education leaders have pushed up the timetable for deciding whether to allow 19 low-performing traditional public schools, including 10 in Wake County, to operate more like charter schools.

WRAL-NEWS: State Superintendent June Atkinson: ‘As I leave this office, I remain grateful’

State Superintendent June Atkinson said an emotional farewell at her final State Board of Education meeting on Thursday.


NEWS & RECORD: North Carolina Medicaid spending less than expected this year

North Carolina’s Medicaid program is spending slightly less than lawmakers anticipated so far this fiscal year although enrollment in the government health coverage program is higher than expected.

WRAL-NEWS: Trump administration brings opportunities, risks for NC Medicaid program

North Carolina may be able to move ahead faster with what lawmakers hope will be a cost-saving transformation to the state’s Medicaid system under President-elect Donald Trump, but state officials worry federal funding for the program could ratchet down under the Republican administration.

Hurricane Relief

ABC-11 NEWS: Gov. McCrory calls for special session regarding Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

Gov. Pat McCrory called for a special legislative session Friday to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

In the Courts

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Race and politics: Supreme Court to hear arguments in NC, VA redistricting cases on Monday

The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Court orders special legislative election in 2017 with redrawn districts

A federal court on Tuesday ordered North Carolina to hold a special legislative election next year after 28 state House and Senate districts are redrawn to comply with a gerrymandering ruling.

NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina court officials refuse to explain NC Supreme Court rule change

A new rule that allows the N.C. Supreme Court to call back retired justices to serve on a case-by-case basis to avoid potential deadlocks has flummoxed the legal community since it was put in place on Election Day.

WNCN-NEWS: Federal court upholds ruling that found parts of NC sex offender law unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has upheld lower court rulings that found portions of North Carolina law restricting where registered sex offenders can gather are unconstitutional because they’re overly broad or vague.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Durham County, city elected officials continue to back light-rail project

Durham leaders on Tuesday expressed continued support for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project and for providing non-binding letters of intent to help fill a $254 million funding gap in the $1.87 billion project.