News Items

Greensboro Council

After a heated debate that featured accusations of deception and Senate coercion, the House rapidly changed course Thursday on legislation that would change how the Greensboro City Council is elected. The bill – now a law after the Senate also voted Thursday – marks the second time this year that the legislature has reshaped local elections.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:49:23

Protest Petitions

The Senate acted Thursday to end a process state residents have used to regulate development around their property, passing a prohibition on protest petitions in a 39-10 vote.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:48:42

Regulatory Overhaul

With a few final tweaks, Senate Republicans gave final approval to a regulations-reduction bill Thursday and sent it to the House to consider.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:47:49

Foster Care

Legislation that creates "reasonable and prudent parent standards" for a foster parent was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Pat McCrory.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:47:17

Cyanide Limits

North Carolina's environmental agency is backing away from a proposal to wait three years before requiring new limits on the cyanide pouring off a closed Alcoa Corp. smelter site into waters used for fishing, swimming and drinking.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:46:37

Corrections Officers

Corrections officials say they're hoping a multimillion-dollar infusion of cash from the state budget making its way through the General Assembly will raise long-stagnant salaries and aid in recruitment – particularly in North Carolina's toughest and most rural prisons.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:46:01

Drought Indications

It's beginning to look like the dry start of summer may continue. A seasonal outlook by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says drought is likely to develop in central North Carolina through September.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:45:18

Herbalife Expansion

Nutrition company Herbalife is expanding in Winston-Salem and will add 300 jobs by the end of 2018.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:44:40

Family Dollar

Dollar Tree's acquisition of Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores is expected to close Monday.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:44:06

Shark Attacks

Gov. Pat McCrory says safety officials are still trying to find patterns in the series of shark attacks on the state's coast in order to keep the key tourism region safe for visitors.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:43:33


A $5.25 million federal grant will help North Carolinians prepare for jobs in high-demand occupations, the Department of Commerce announced last week.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:41:56


Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, said Wednesday that she has been appointed to the state Child Fatality Task Force by Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 23:41:24

Legislative Vacation

Against the objection of several Democrats, the N.C. General Assembly is now on vacation.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 15:26:37

New Inlet

A chunk of text in the Senate budget is calling for the partial removal of a historic dam on the southeast coast — and causing alarm in the process. From Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, the provision moves to dismantle part of the federally built New Inlet Dam that has held its namesake inlet closed from Cape Fear River access since the late 19th century.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 15:05:43

Environmental Regulations

State senators who have been promoting a wide-ranging bill to reduce regulations scrambled on Wednesday to plug holes that state environmental regulators had unexpectedly poked in the legislation the day before.

MODIFIED: 07/02/15 00:01:11


"I've always felt majority rule should be the case in all governments unless they're veto overrides and things of that nature."
Gov. Pat McCrory, referring to a measure that would end protest petitions, which require that approval of zoning changes over residents' objections win a supermajority of 75 percent of a governing board's vote.

the capitol view

Time to Study 508-page Budget

MODIFIED: 06/29/15 17:41:29

McCrory and the Evolving Media

MODIFIED: 06/29/15 17:39:45

Many Sides in Incentives Debate

MODIFIED: 06/15/15 16:28:21

A Huge Loss for Democrats

MODIFIED: 06/15/15 16:26:54

New Guns Laws Need Greater Scrutiny

MODIFIED: 06/08/15 16:25:46

JUNE 2015

INSIDER SPOTLIGHT - North Carolina’s County Tier System: An old ranking system meant to reflect the need for economic aid in individual counties is at the center of a growing push for reform, with analysts arguing it skews realities and a new report from the state Department of Commerce recommending changes. (PDF)

Back to Top