NC Politics in the News

September 17, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WUNC: School Systems, Universities Across NC Remain Closed As Florence Continues Path
School systems and universities across North Carolina remain closed early this week as tropical storm Florence continues to dump rain on the state. It’s unclear when some of the most affected campuses will reopen.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Board of Education and superintendent still clashing over who’s running schools
Despite a court ruling and more legislative intervention, the State Board of Education and State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson are continuing to fight over who is in charge of North Carolina’s public schools.

Economic Development

THE PACIFIC STANDARD: For North Carolina, Hurricane Florence could bring a financial reckoning
The state has bet against a megastorm for years, but now as Florence bears down on the state it could face a major money shortage to rebuild from the damage.


ROANOKE-CHOWAN NEWS-HERALD: Subpoena of election records challenged
North Carolina elections officials are challenging a request made by a federal grand jury that sought eight years of election records from the state and 44 counties – including all those in the Roanoke-Chowan area.

Emergency Management

THE DURHAM HERALD SUN: Florence: 11 dead in North Carolina. Stay off flooded roads, Gov. Roy Cooper says
Eleven people have died in North Carolina because of Hurricane Florence, and Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents Sunday to beware of treacherous flash flooding for days to come.

THE WASHINGTON POST: ‘We’re just getting prepared for the worst’: Florence pounds Carolinas with rainfall, floods rivers
Florence continues to inch across the Carolinas, spurring a widespread emergency across all of North Carolina, from the ocean east to mountain west. Floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and could spur life-threatening landslides as the storm’s remnants move west.

FOX 46- Charlotte: Crews work diligently to restore power; over 480,000 without electricity
Crews are working diligently to restore power as more than 480,000 customers statewide are without life-saving electricity after Florence made its assault on North Carolina, NC Emergency Management said. 


WTKR: Sentara Healthcare sends team to help North Carolinians impacted by Florence
Sentara Healthcare has sent a clinical and support team to Kinston, North Carolina, to help those in the state affected by Florence.

WFMY NEWS: NC Treasurer Wants More Insurance Transparency
State Treasurer Dale Folwell wanted to see how much the UNC Health Care system was charging our insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, for each procedure, so he put in a public records request.

Justice & Public Safety

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Hundreds of NC inmates are on the move because of Hurricane Florence
North Carolina officials say they have begun evacuating hundreds of inmates from state prisons and county jails who are in the projected path of Hurricane Florence.