2016 Elections

WWAY-TV: Cooper, McCrory talking North Carolina college prices

Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic gubernatorial challenger Roy Cooper came to the same city to discuss the price of college in North Carolina.

ABC-11 NEWS: Poll gives Cooper large lead over McCrory

A new poll from Monmouth University shows Democrat Roy Cooper with a large lead over Governor Pat McCrory with months to go before the November election.

WRAL-NEWS: Cluster of early voting plans leaves decision on dates to state

Showdowns over when voters in Wake, Cumberland and Orange counties will be able to cast early in-person votes are getting ready to head to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

WRAL-NEWS: McCrory, Cooper battle for law enforcement backing

Although most political observers usually discount their importance, politicians routinely tout endorsements by everybody from business groups to celebrities as empirical evidence that many people think they are most qualified for the office they're seeking.

Appointments & Personnel Changes

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Edwards’ Senate appointment now official

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Henderson County businessman Chuck Edwards to fill out the unexpired state Senate term of Tom Apodaca, who resigned July 15.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC human resources director leaving

C. Neal Alexander is stepping down Aug. 31 as state human resources director to pursue a position at Gardner-Webb University, his alma-mater, according to a news release from Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

Education

WRAL-NEWS: Study to pinpoint counties’ ability to pay for school construction

State lawmakers are spending $1 million to hire a firm to study school construction needs in all 100 North Carolina counties to obtain a clearer picture of which counties face the greatest challenges.

Energy & Environment

NEWS & OBSERVER: UNC leader says environmental callaboratory fits with school’s mission

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said Friday that a new environmental policy initiative created by the legislature fits in with the university's mission to serve North Carolina.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Blue Cross’ ACA problems still under review, says state regulator

The N.C. Department of Insurance broke its silence Monday on a long-running investigation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, saying the matter will require "further examination" because Blue Cross disputes the agency's findings of wrongdoing.

In the Courts

WITN-NEWS: Fed say new NC voter ID law would “harm black voters and increase confusion”

The federal government and others who sued to overturn North Carolina's voter identification law told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that keeping the photo ID mandate and other rules in place for the November elections would harm black voters and increase confusion.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke that transgender rights advocates hailed as a victory

Regulatory Reform

WXII-NEWS: Elected official concerned over NC whitewater center reopening

State and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place.

Transportation

FAYETTVILLE OBSERVER: Fayetteville’s red-light cams rake in $1.3M in fines; city to install more

One of the few North Carolina cities using red-light cameras plans to expand their use after local schools collected $1.3 million in 13 months from thousands of ticketed drivers.

THE DAILY COURIER: NC railways to benefit from grant for safety technology

The state will soon be able to purchase new equipment needed to meet a nationwide mandate on rail safety standards, thanks to a federal grant awarded to the N.C. Department of Transportation last week.