NC Politics in the News

March 19, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


NEWS & OBSERVER: NC should close charter schools that aren’tdiverse, new report says

North Carolina’s traditional public schools are becoming more segregatedand charter schools are partly to blame, according to a new report from theleft-leaning N.C. Justice Center.

Energy & Environment

THE ROBESONIAN: GOP leaders ask schools help on ACP fund

Republican leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly have writtenschool leaders in Robeson County seeking their support in lobbying Gov. RoyCooper to bring $7.5 million to the county schools.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Democratic legislators seek money forpipeline attachments

North Carolina Democratic legislators want Republican colleagues to locatefunds to help businesses attach to an expected natural gas pipeline ineastern counties.

STATE PORT PILOT: Offshore drilling: will Brunswick commissionersfavor, oppose or straddle the fence?

When Brunswick County commissioners meet Monday, they are expected to voteon a proposed resolution against seismic testing and offshore drilling foroil off the North Carolina coast.

Health and Human Services

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: N Carolina to take over child welfare office afterAP story

North Carolina officials will take over a county child welfare agency thatillegally removed potentially hundreds of kids from their homes.

NC HEALTH NEWS: Much-needed Social Services Reforms Underway

A 3-year-old boy drowns while in his mother’s care. A 14-month-old boy diesof malnutrition. A 14-year-old overdoses on antidepressants. These are allchildren who died while in the care of the social services system.

In the Courts

RICHMOND COUNTY NEWS-JOURNAL: NC Supreme Court dismisses RichmondCounty school board’s case over mis-spent fines

The N.C. Supreme Court has dismissed the Richmond County Board ofEducation’s contention that the state owes it $272,300 mis-spent onsomething other than schools.

WRAL: Republicans want intact lower-court ruling on election board

Republican legislative leaders want the North Carolina Supreme Court tokeep intact a lower-court decision voiding only one portion of the statelaw creating a combined elections and ethics board.

Justice & Public Safety

THE KINSTON FREE PRESS: Schools, law enforcement, courts signpartnership agreement

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation thatexcluded 16- and 17-year-old offenders from being tried as a adults fornonviolent offenses.


GOLDSBORO NEWS-ARGUS: Senator affirms SJAFB support

A state senator from western North Carolina visited Seymour Johnson AirForce Base Wednesday and walked away with a renewed commitment to continuesupporting the needs of the military in the legislature.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: After a decade of planning, Charlotte’s light-railextension finally opens

Passengers cheered and clapped as Charlotte’s light-rail extension left theUNC Charlotte station at 10 a.m. Friday morning, opening the Lynx Blue lineafter four years of construction.

THE (ELIZABETH CITY) DAILY ADVANCE: Harbor Town Project: Prof seekspartnership on ferries

A University of North Carolina business professor made his pitch Tuesdayfor a system of passenger ferries that would transport visitors to harbortowns and eco- and historic tourism sites on the Albemarle Sound.