NC Politics in the News

August 27, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WRAL NEWS: UNC-CH chancellor: ‘We were not remiss’ in leaving ‘Silent Sam’ statue standing before protest
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said Thursday that school officials did not anticipate that students would tear down the “Silent Sam” statue during a Monday night protest.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: NC lottery generates record funds for public education
North Carolina’s state-run lottery generated record funds for public education during the past fiscal year and once again beat its previous best for ticket sales.

Economic Development

WRAL TECHWIRE: NC Biotech Center awards $2.1M in 4th quarter loans and grants
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 11 grants and loans totaling $2,125,000 to universities, bioscience companies and other organizations in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 ending June 30.


WNCN: 19 Illegal Immigrants In NC Voted In 2016 Election: Feds
Federal authorities announced Friday that 19 illegal immigrants in North Carolina illegally voted during the 2016 election. The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina says several of those charged voted in more than one election.


NC HEALTH NEWS: Triangle, Charlotte Customers Get Biggest Share of Blue Cross ACA Rate Cuts
When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced, in late July, that average premiums for Affordable Care Act plans would decline by 4.1 percent for 2019, it said some customers would see big cuts while others would see modest increases, depending on where they lived.

In the Courts

THE DURHAM HERALD SUN: Republicans advance new versions of NC constitutional amendments
Republican lawmakers rushed back to work Friday to retool two constitutional amendments that a court ordered removed from fall ballots because judges said the language would mislead voters.

Justice & Public Safety

ABC 11: Task force commits to making NC schools safer
Officials say there has been a dramatic uptick in school threats and violence in North Carolina.


TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Raleigh-Durham International Airport now plans to expand Terminal 1 by 2020
Amid its unexpected growth spurt, Raleigh-Durham International Airport is moving up its Terminal 1 expansion timeline, now planning to open new gates to passengers in 2020.