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September 25, 2017

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WBTV-NEWS: Schools considered for alternate control whittled to 6

Six academically low-performing elementary schools in four local districtsare still being considered to participate in a new North Carolina programwhere outside school operators are hired to run them.

Energy & the Environment

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Money aimed at water pollution is in limbo asCooper vetoes environmental bill

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday said he would veto a catch-all bill full ofchanges to environmental laws, including funding aimed at the Cape FearRiver pollutant GenX.

WRAL-NEWS: Regulators demand data on possible airborne GenX release

Regulators from the state’s environmental agency are asking the chemicalcompany under investigation for releasing unregulated compounds into theCape Fear River for more data about whether those same compounds werereleased into the air.

In the Courts

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Legislators: New districts should be approvedfor 2018 elections

New legislative district maps that North Carolina lawmakers approved lastmonth eliminate any unlawful racial bias federal judges ruled was inprevious maps and should be permitted for use in the 2018 elections,Republican legislators who helped draw them argued Friday.

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper’s confirmation battle resurfaces

After a pause of several months, Gov. Roy Cooper’s challenge to Senateconfirmation of his cabinet resurfaced Wednesday at the state Court ofAppeals.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Appeals court reverses ruling that had favoredschool board

Regulations approved by North Carolina state education leaders are subjectto review by a commission like most other government agencies, a splitappeals court panel ruled Tuesday in another legal setback for the StateBoard of Education.

Judicial Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: Chairman: New proposed judicial maps out at nextmeeting

The leader of a North Carolina House committee considering changes tojudicial election districts says updated boundaries based on outsidefeedback will be considered at the panel’s next meeting, possibly nextweek.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: What role did pharmacy companies play in opioidcrisis? NC’s attorney general is investigating

Josh Stein, North Carolina’s attorney general, announced on Tuesday that heand 40 other attorneys general had expanded their investigation intomanufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids in an attempt tohold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for its part in the nationwideoverdose crisis.

Legislative Appointment

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS: Muller selected for fill Millis seat

Former county Republican Party Chairman Bob Muller was selected Tuesdaynight to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender,who resigned as of last week.