Economy & Economic Development

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: State reaches $1 billion surplus for jobless benefits 

The N.C. Commerce Department said Thursday it has achieved a $1 billion surplus in the state’s unemployment insurance benefits fund for future economic downturns.

TRIAD BUSINESS JOURNAL: Retiring N.C. senator wants tax change before he exits 

Last week, state Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) disclosed plans to retire from the General Assembly next year after nine terms. Rucho, 67, leads the senate finance committee and has been an influential advocate for reducing tax rates on companies and individuals.

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: Opposing forces weigh in on Common Core

Math teachers and university professors are challenging changes recommended for public school math classes that a state commission is preparing to bring to a vote next month.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislators want records from UNC board’s closed session on chancellor raises 

Legislative leaders want “any and all records” from the UNC Board of Governors’ closed-door meeting last month where 12 chancellors’ salaries were raised.

Elections

THE STOKES NEWS: Hall nominated to District 91 seat

Kyle Hall has been nominated by the Stokes and Rockingham county Republican Party Executive Committees to serve the remainder of former Rep. Bryan Holloway’s term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

WRAL: One House term for state Rep. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is enough. Now he wants to move over to the North Carolina Senate 

One House term for state Rep. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is enough. Now he wants to move over to the North Carolina Senate.

WITN: Heads or Tails: North Carolina towns decide elections with coin flip 

In at least five North Carolina town council elections, the winner came down to a simple coin flip because the races were deadlocked.

Energy & Environment

NEWS & OBSERVER: EPA: NC risking federal takeover of environmental regulation 

North Carolina’s recent tactic of blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters could result in a federal takeover of the state’s regulatory program.

Health Care

WRAL: DHHS discloses second Medicaid data breach

The state Department of Health and Human Services revealed Friday that a staffer potentially compromised the confidential health information of hundreds of Medicaid patients, marking the second time in recent months this has happened.

Military

ABC 11: North Carolina's First Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Now Open 

The state’s first Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is now open for business.

Transportation

NEWS & OBSERVER: McCrory, looking ahead, says more bond borrowing will be crucial 

Gov. Pat McCrory told a business-friendly audience at a forum in Cary on Wednesday that, if re-elected, he would push for additional borrowing of at least $1 billion to pay for roads and transportation infrastructure across the state.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: With I-77 work set to begin, one more effort to stop it 

Three days before work starts on the Interstate 77 toll lanes, two N.C. senators Friday plan to ask Gov. Pat McCrory to cancel the project.

STAR NEWS: Pair of area rail projects face big hurdles 

One large­scale rail proposal for the region is inching ahead, while another may be stalled in its tracks.