Governor Pat McCrory

Weather
10:50 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Power Companies Are Bracing For Ice, Outages

Ice is expected to cover most of North Carolina this week, which means power outages are likely.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

While the state transportation department is already out salting roads, utility companies are closely monitoring the weather forecast today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Ellis said light snow is likely this afternoon, getting heavy tomorrow into Thursday. By tomorrow afternoon, he said, ice will coat much of the state.

Jane Pritchard is a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. She said it would take a heavy snowfall to mess with power lines, but just a half-inch of ice can do a lot of damage.

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Education
3:59 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republicans Plan To Pay Some NC Teachers More, Democrats Scoff

Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Republican leaders in North Carolina have announced a plan to increase teacher compensation. It would raise the starting salary for new teachers, making North Carolina much more competitive in what it pays new teachers – especially when measured against southern states like Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Governor Pat McCrory chose his old high school, Ragsdale High in Guilford County, to announce the plan to pay new teachers a more competitive salary.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

New Nonprofit CEO Slows Partial Privatization Of NC Commerce Dept.

Richard Lindenmuth began work in his position of interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership in early January.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan to move parts of the state’s business recruiting functions to a private nonprofit have been delayed, as the new organization’s managers are setting up a plan for the transition and finding costs to cut, officials said Tuesday.

Parts of the state Commerce Department will be transferred to the Economic Development Partnership no sooner than July this year, according to a department letter given to legislators Tuesday. Two of the department’s divisions had been scheduled to be moved by June and three more by December.

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Politics & Government
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor McCrory Lays Out Priorities For Second Year

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference Tuesday to lay out his administration’s priorities in his second year in office. He said he plans to increase teacher pay, though he didn’t say by how much. The governor also said his administration plans to submit recommendations for Medicaid reform to legislators in March. And McCrory emphasized in order to boost the state’s economy over the long term, he’d like to encourage more energy exploration.  

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The Transformation Of A North Carolina Democracy

Credit University of North Carolina Press

Host Frank Stasio talks with East Carolina University political science professor Tom Eamon about the history of North Carolina politics

  

North Carolina’s politics have made national headlines lately as the traditionally Democratic state elected a Republican majority in the legislature and a Republican governor. The policy shift to the right might surprise those who think of the Old North State as a democratic stronghold. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

NAACP: NC’s Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Hispanics And Teenagers

Rosanell Eaton, 92, and Mary E. Perry, 84, plaintiff's in the NAACP's suit, attended U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem for a hearing in December.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has expanded its lawsuit against the state’s new Voter ID law to argue that it discriminates against Hispanics and to challenge its elimination of pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

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Business & Economy
7:48 am
Tue January 7, 2014

North Carolina And The Extended Unemployment Debate

Gov. Pat McCrory says his unemployment policy has contributed to NC's economic recovery.
Credit Governor's Office

North Carolina lawmakers, business leaders and economists are touting a positive economic outlook for 2014.

Governor Pat McCrory gives a lot of credit for the state’s economic comeback to his administration’s overhaul of unemployment policy. 

In Washington, lawmakers continue to debate whether to approve a federal unemployment extension for more than one million jobless workers.  It’s an extension many in North Carolina had to do without several months ago.

During a speech in Research Triangle Park, McCrory said he likes what he sees.

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Politics & Government
11:25 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Moral Monday Leaders Looking To Spend 2014 Advocating For The Uninsured

The Rev. William Barber (center) speaks outside the south face of the North Carolina State Capitol building on Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

A judge gave permission Monday to a group that’s been protesting new North Carolina laws to rally on the grounds of the state Capitol building.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour’s decision reversed denial of a permit  earlier this month.  It served as a preamble for the new year of protests, that have become known as Moral Monday, against the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Just hours after the decision, the Rev. William Barber, one of the key Moral Monday organizers, spoke to dozens of people on a courtyard outside the Capitol, mapping out 2014.

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North Carolina Teacher Project
4:14 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Where We Are Going: Teaching In North Carolina

Jim Potter teaching a math lesson at Lockhart Elementary School.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Education is the family business for the Von Eitzens. Ben and Beth have been at it for about a decade; he’s a high school science teacher, she’s a guidance counselor. From all appearances, they had it made: They worked in the same building – Graham High School in Alamance County – and they liked their jobs, they liked their colleagues, and they felt like they were really making a difference with their students.

But one thing was missing.

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North Carolina Teacher Project
4:59 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Where We Are Now: Teaching In North Carolina

Credit Dave DeWitt

Earlier this year, as the North Carolina General Assembly was just beginning its session, Senate Leader Phil Berger stood before the media to explain what he hoped to accomplish. Not surprisingly, much of his efforts were going to be focused on education.

“The goal obviously is to make sure that our kids have every opportunity to succeed in their educational environment but also in life,” Berger said. “Right now, our public educational system is failing too many of our students and we need significant improvement there.”

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