NC Politics in the News

November 5, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WRAL NEWS: UNC system chairman: ‘Thank God’ Roper willing to step in as president
The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors on Thursday named Dr. William Roper, chief executive of UNC Health Care, as interim president of the 17-campus university system.

EDUCATION WEEKLY: Former North Carolina Gov. Perdue leading testing board
North Carolina’s first female governor is taking another trailblazing role as head of a board that oversees standardized tests designed to measure student achievement across the country.


CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Gov. Cooper targets climate issue, orders NC agencies to reduce carbon emissions
Gov. Roy Cooper committed North Carolina to reducing energy consumption at government buildings 40% by 2025 and established a cabinet-wide task force to address climate change in an executive order issued Monday.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: More than 2M people in NC have voted. Here’s a snapshot of who’s voted and where.
More than 2 million North Carolina voters cast their ballots throughout the early voting period, which ended on Saturday night. The state’s all-but-final early-voting statistics — some of the data is still trickling in — reflect a heightened interest among voters compared to the last non-presidential election in 2014.

ABC 11: NC voters ‘fired up’ for mid-terms, early voting through the roof
North Carolina voters are decidedly fired up to cast ballots in the 2018 mid-term election.


NC HEALTHCARE NEWS: No More Negotiations: State Health Plan Wants Clearer Process, Lower Prices
State Treasurer Dale Folwell plans to switch the health plan for state employees and teachers to a new payment system in 2020, something he estimates will save the plan $300 million per year and health plan members around $60 million.

Justice & Public Safety

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS: Multiple grants to fight opiod epidemic
A grant from the Department of Justice will bring over $700,000 to the table in treating Onslow County’s mental health crisis.


STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: $2 million study aimed at reducing I-77 congestion
Statesville and other communities in the Charlotte region are teaming up for a comprehensive study into traffic on Interstate 77, with the goal of finding ways to alleviate congestion on the much-traveled corridor.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Greensboro Transit Authority to offer free rides on Election Day
Greensboro Transit Authority voted last week to offer free fares system-wide on Election Day.