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December 11, 2017

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Energy & Environment

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: GenX shows up in Robeson farmer’s honey

GenX has been found in a food product for the first time. Honey collectedby a Robeson County farmer has tested for levels of GenX nearly 15 timeshigher than the health goal set by state officials, a N.C. Department ofEnvironmental Quality (DEQ) official told the N.C. Secretaries’ ScienceAdvisory on Monday.

COASTAL REVIEW ONLINE: Limited GenX data, public messaging at issue

After a three-hour set of briefings, numerous questions and a discussion ofnext steps, a 16-member state science panel last week approved a plan todeal with some of the thornier issues arising from the release of studiesshowing elevated levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River and the drinkingwater drawn from it.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: DEQ monitoring private wells for GenX

State regulators continue to expand their probe into GenX found in privatewells around the Fayetteville Works and the role they suspect air emissionsfrom the plant played in that contamination.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Why weren’t any historically black colleges pickedfor NC’s new Teaching Fellows program?

Lawmakers are questioning why some schools, including historically blackcolleges and universities, weren’t chosen to host a new state programdesigned to train future teachers.


Health Care

NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: Mental health providers get ready to addphysical care to services

As North Carolina Medicaid changes from being the current fee-for-servicesystem in the next two years to be a one run by large managed careorganizations, leaders in the mental health system will have to rethink howthey deliver care.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Work begins to form new board for CardinalInnovations, which oversees behavioral health providers

State health officials and the 20 counties covered by the CardinalInnovations network are forming a nominating committee for a new Cardinalboard of directors.


In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: Who is in charge of North Carolina’s publicschools? NC Supreme Court will decide.

The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear a court case to decide whoshould have control over North Carolina’s public schools.


Judicial Redistricting

WRAL-NEWS: Senators weigh alternates to head-to-head judicial elections

A national judicial reform group and a North Carolina law school leader onWednesday backed altering the state’s current method of selecting judges,offering options to legislators focusing more on appointments andconfirmations and less on current head-to-head elections.


Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: Top lawmakers demand NC resume carrying out executions

Two days after prosecutors announced they would seek the death penaltyagainst four inmates charged in a failed escape at Pasquotank CorrectionalInstitution that left four prison workers dead, legislative leaders calledFriday for executions to resume in North Carolina.


Local Government

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Guilford commissioners delay decision onchange to public notice publication

Guilford County commissioners pushed to January a public hearing on whetherto take over publishing public notices, responding to the request of localnewspaper publishers who wanted more time to discuss the issue.


WUNC-NEWS: NC Ag Department to ask legislature for $13M for militarybuffers

The state Agriculture Department plans to ask the legislature for $13million to help buffer military bases from encroaching development.