Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC eighth grade scores down, but fourth grade reading scores up on national test 

The state’s eighth graders did worse on national tests of math and reading than they did two years ago, making North Carolina one of three states with statistically significant declines in both subject areas.

Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Rep. Rick Catlin says he won’t seek reelection 

Rep. Rick Catlin, a Republican from Wilmington, is the latest legislator to announce he won’t run for another term in 2016.

WRAL: Luebke to seek re-election despite cancer

Longtime state Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, says he'll seek re-election in 2016 despite undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

THE DAILY REFLECTOR: House ag committee chairman Langdon won't seek re-election 

A six-term North Carolina House member from Johnston County won't seek re-election next year.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Finish line nears for Charlotte mayoral candidates 

As Democrat Jennifer Roberts stretched out her hand to one more early voter Friday, she knew she was nearing the finish line of an 18-month campaign marathon.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Mayor's race: Robertson, Applewhite shoring up bases for Tuesday 

Tuesday's race for Fayetteville mayor has become a battle for getting the campaign's base of support to the polls as the two candidates knock on doors, call voters and stump across the city.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Yale study finds state youth e-cig bans lead to increased traditional cigarette smoking 

States that have banned the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers by those under age 18 — including North Carolina — have experienced an increase in youth traditional cigarette smoking, according to a Yale University study.

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: DOI approves Blue Cross Blue Shield ACA rate increase 

Those buying health insurance through Healthcare.gov, the individual market, or small group plans will likely see their premium rates increase when they begin shopping Sunday.

Information Technology

WRAL: North Carolina among leading tech states, Chamber Foundation report says 

North Carolina ranked 10th in both the high-tech performance and innovation and entrepreneurship categories of the U.S. Chamber Foundation's sixth-annual Enterprising States: State Innovate Study.

Military

WCTI 12: Seymour Johnson chosen to host Air Force tanker fleet 

The U.S. Air Force says Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro has been selected to host a new fleet of aerial tankers beginning in 2019.

State Legislature

NEWS & OBSERVER: McCrory lets two bills become law without his support 

Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday cleared his desk of the bills that have been awaiting action since the legislature adjourned one month ago, signing nine of them and letting two become law without his signature.

NEWS & RECORD: McCrory signs controversial immigration bill 

A controversial bill that prohibits the use of community IDs created for undocumented immigrants, like those that had been used in Greensboro, is now law.

WRAL: Politicos propose legislative session limits

Rep. Gary Pendleton, R-Wake, says this year's marathon legislative session should have been enough to convince anyone that it's time to put term limits on legislative sessions.

WUNC: House Speaker Tim Moore: 'Republicans Were Split On Economic Development And Some Social Issues' 

The Republican majority in the North Carolina House of Representatives was often divided this year.