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October 23, 2017

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WAVY-NEWS: NC unemployment rate unmoved at 4.1 percent in September

North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in September for thethird straight month, staying at 4.1 percent.

WRAL-NEWS: Job promises miss the mark, but come in under budget

In the wake of the 2008 recession, about four of every 10 of the jobs stateofficials hoped to lure to North Carolina with the promise of millions intaxpayer money failed to materialize, new Commerce Department data show.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Transportation is a key to desegregating charters,legislators say

Lack of transportation is an impediment to charter schools becoming morediverse, state legislators said last week.

THE ROBESONIAN: County, schools join in ISD opposition

A plan was devised Monday to express joint opposition to Southside-AshpoleElementary School being included in the state’s Innovative School Districtand information about the construction of a new school district centraloffice complex was exchanged during a meeting of Robeson CountyCommissioners and school board.


WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC to expand testing for toxic GenX

State regulators will test drinking water at three schools and otherlocations near the Fayetteville Works after finding GenX at levelsexceeding the N.C. health advisory in a third of 105 private wells testedso far near the sprawling chemical plant.

Health Care & Insurance

SOUTH PINES PILOT: State Treasurer talks of reining in costs

N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to turn the tide on rising costs forhealth care and pension premiums for state employees.

In the Courts

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: CFPUA wants heads up before NC action againstChemours

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wants a Bladen County judge to orderthe state to let it — and the public — know 30 days in advance about anysettlement with Chemours over allegations related to contamination by GenXand related chemicals.

WRAL-NEWS: Trial on partisan gerrymandering concludes in North Carolina

Attorneys for election advocacy groups and Democrats urged federal judgesThursday to throw out North Carolina’s congressional districts forexcessive partisanship, but lawyers for the Republicans who drew them sayit’s best the judiciary avoid trying to evaluate an inherently politicalprocess.

WRAL-NEWS: GOP leaders decry North Carolina governor’s LGBT rights deal

North Carolina’s Republican leaders said Thursday that a federal courtshould reject a deal by the Democratic governor that would affirm therights of transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their genderidentity.

WRAL-NEWS: NC Supreme Court grants temporary stay in state board,superintendent lawsuit

It is business as usual for the State Board of Education after the stateSupreme Court announced a temporary stay in the Board’s lawsuit againstSuperintendent Mark Johnson.

Judicial Reforms

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: CFPUA wants heads up before NC action againstChemours

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wants a Bladen County judge to orderthe

Municipal Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: In Raleigh Elections, big money doesn’t alwaysmean a win

Bonner Gaylord, who has served eight years on the Raleigh City Council andis well-known in the local business community, spent more than three timesas much money as his newcomer opponent in a bid to keep his seat this fall.

October Special Session, Part Two

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper veto overturned; 2018 judicial primaries canceled

House Republicans, joined by a pair of Democrats, overturned Gov. RoyCooper’s veto of an election bill Tuesday morning, canceling NorthCarolina’s judicial primaries next year.

WUNC-NEWS: NC lawmakers propose constitutional amendment to reduce alljudicial terms

State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment to reduceall judicial terms to two years.