Jessica Jones http://wunc.org en State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years http://wunc.org/post/state-health-officials-predict-medicaid-shortfall-smaller-previous-years <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they still expect a Medicaid shortfall of between $120- and $140-million this year. They spoke before state lawmakers today in a committee meeting at the General Assembly.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:24:52 +0000 Jessica Jones 33999 at http://wunc.org State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years Mother And Disabled Daughter: Fierce Advocates At General Assembly Committee Meetings http://wunc.org/post/mother-and-disabled-daughter-fierce-advocates-general-assembly-committee-meetings <p>Every month, state lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee hold meetings to talk about health policy in North Carolina. Legislators sit at the front of the room to discuss their agenda, as staff members, reporters, and lobbyists listen. But in the back of the room, a mother and daughter, Mary and Katie Short, who attend every single meeting keep their eye on things too.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:58:28 +0000 Jessica Jones 33928 at http://wunc.org Mother And Disabled Daughter: Fierce Advocates At General Assembly Committee Meetings NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' http://wunc.org/post/nc-governor-lauds-states-tax-overhaul-build-north-carolinas-future <p>Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference today to celebrate a new report suggesting the state's economy is benefiting from tax cuts enacted last year.</p><p>The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council's "Rich States, Poor States" report ranks North Carolina sixth in the nation for its economic outlook.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:11 +0000 Jessica Jones 33868 at http://wunc.org NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' http://wunc.org/post/nobody-should-die-north-carolina-because-race-played-role-getting-death-sentence <p>Monday afternoon, the state Supreme Court heard the cases of four former death row prisoners whose sentences were commuted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act.<br /><br />State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. That act allowed death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences. The cases heard today are still pending.</p><p>Attorney Danielle Elder represented the state in court this morning. She and other prosecutors argue that a previous ruling was based on jury selection statistics that were too broad.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:51:08 +0000 Jessica Jones 33791 at http://wunc.org 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases http://wunc.org/post/state-supreme-court-hears-racial-justice-act-cases <p>This morning, the state supreme court will hear the cases of four defendants who were removed from death row under the state's racial justice act. The court will review whether the now repealed-act should apply to these defendants.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. It allowed death row inmates to receive life imprisonment if they could show that racial bias contributed to their sentences.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 33687 at http://wunc.org State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking To Block State's Marriage Amendment http://wunc.org/post/aclu-files-lawsuit-asking-block-states-marriage-amendment <p>The national and state ACLU have filed lawsuits in federal district court in Greensboro, asking a judge to block the state's marriage amendment.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:23:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 33541 at http://wunc.org ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking To Block State's Marriage Amendment State Libertarians Happy To Be On The Ballot http://wunc.org/post/state-libertarians-happy-be-ballot <p>Libertarians in the state are holding a candidate forum this afternoon featuring two contenders for the party's U.S. Senate nomination.<br /><br />This is only the second time in state history that Libertarians have an official presence on the primary ballot. Tim D'Annunzio and Sean Haugh are the party's primary contenders in the U.S. Senate race.<br /><br />Brian Irving is the communications director for the state Libertarian party. He says the candidate forum and this weekend's annual state convention will help prepare other Libertarians who're also on the ballot.<br /> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 33190 at http://wunc.org State Libertarians Happy To Be On The Ballot State Elections Officials Investigating Possible Double Voting http://wunc.org/post/state-elections-officials-investigating-possible-double-voting <p>State elections officials say they're investigating 765 cases of voters who could have gone to the polls in two states, including North Carolina. The numbers come from a national crosscheck of voters that compares records in 28 states. State lawmakers mandated participation in the program last year. Kim Strach&nbsp;is the executive director of the state Board of Elections.<br /> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:26:40 +0000 Jessica Jones 33149 at http://wunc.org State Elections Officials Investigating Possible Double Voting DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-says-its-food-stamp-backlog-no-more <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they have met a federal deadline as of yesterday to clear its backlog of food stamp applications. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture threatened to pull 88 million dollars in funding if deadlines were not met.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:03:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 33082 at http://wunc.org DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More State Officials Expect Medicaid Shortfall This Fiscal Year http://wunc.org/post/state-officials-expect-medicaid-shortfall-fiscal-year <p>State officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state’s Medicaid program this fiscal year.</p><p>Pam Kilpatrick is with the Office of State Budget and Management. She told state lawmakers what her office’s estimate was at a Health and Human Services oversight meeting this morning:</p><p>“The 120 to 140 million dollars would be the sum total of all the moving parts. That will be attributed as the department walks through the specifics,&nbsp; and their methodologies, and they’re using more than one methodology to come up with this shortfall range.”</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:36:55 +0000 Jessica Jones 32743 at http://wunc.org State Officials Expect Medicaid Shortfall This Fiscal Year