Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
When Hurricane Florence dumped record-breaking rains on North Carolina last year, poultry farmers took a hit. An estimated 4.2 million chickens and turkeys died in floodwaters. Disposing of that many dead birds posed a significant challenge, but farmers, state agriculture officials, and researchers were able come up with a workable solution: Composting the carcasses on site.
The Agriculture Act of 2018 legalized hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol, or "CBD," on the Federal level by removing both substances from the definition of "marijuana" under the Controlled Substances Act of 1972. But, that legislation left the regulation of hemp and hemp-derived CBD to state and federal agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture, the Federal Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), and, if they so choose, applicable State-level agencies.
North Carolina paid prison officers more than $45 million in overtime last year, about 10 times more than it did in 2011, data show.
Environmental groups are challenging a state agency’s approval of the N.C. 540 highway across southern Wake County, opening up a new front in their effort to stop the project.
Durham city officials say more than 575,000 gallons of raw sewage have flowed into the Eno River during an overflow and leak that has not been repaired.
As N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell has proceeded with his transformative reimbursement change for the State Employee Health Plan, hospitals and health care providers have been doubling-down on their attacks against it. Now, N.C. State legislators – the only body that stop the plan from taking effect – have begun debating the issue.
Greensboro-area legislator Jon Hardister joined a bipartisan group of N.C. House members Wednesday in a renewed effort to curb partisan gerrymandering.
A judge has just thrown out two amendments to the North Carolina Constitution that voters approved in November. One of the amendments was to implement a voter ID requirement, and the other was a cap on the state income tax rate.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Another landslide in NC blocks busy stretch of US 74 near the Blue Ridge Parkway Two days after a landslide closed Interstate 40 at the Tennessee state line, another landslide has spilled onto westbound lanes of U.S. 74 near the Haywood/Jackson County line, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.
TRANSPORTATION TODAY: Partnership aims to improve bridges in North Carolina The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and North Carolina State University have partnered to learn how to improve the longevity of the state’s bridges.