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Campaign Cash - Senate District 17

A quick look at campaign donations and spending in N.C. Senate District 17, which includes parts of Wake County, based on information from the N.C. State Board of Elections.

MODIFIED: 07/23/14 11:11:20

Jail Death

An internal investigation found that all New Hanover County jail personnel on duty when Ronald Hewett died July 12 followed policies and procedures, Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday release.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 23:56:18

Forsyth Elections

The Forsyth County Board of Elections has approved an early voting plan for the November election.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 23:49:12

Budget History

The legislature has been holding short sessions since 1974, according to legislative special counsel Gerry Cohen.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 23:40:15

Budget Talks

Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate Republicans met privately Tuesday as they sought to resolve their differences over budget adjustments supposed to be settled three weeks ago, but the gulf between elected leaders remained wide on key issues.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:03:46

Common Core

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:03:08

Hagan Lead

Democrat Kay Hagan continues to hold a solid lead against her Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, another possible sign the of how the legislative session is dragging on the Thom Tillis campaign.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:02:31

SolarBee Experiment

As workers began deploying a $1.4 million fleet of 36 water circulators across Jordan Lake on Tuesday, they were flanked by kayak-paddling representatives of the N.C. Sierra Club and motorboat-driving employees of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:01:58

Fulghum Bill

Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:01:16

Health Options

A question still to be settled in state budget negotiations is how to provide health insurance to thousands of state employees who will be newly eligible for coverage starting in January under the Affordable Care Act.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 22:00:30

Fraud Scheme

The former chief financial officer of a Monroe paving company has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in an $87 million scheme involving government-funded construction project.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 21:59:51

Audit Findings

A state audit has determined that the former manager in Tarboro siphoned off more than $450,000 in taxpayer funds to provide himself with unapproved benefits and to buy personal items unrelated to his job.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 21:59:17

Eshelman Departure

Fred Eshelman, a Wilmington pharmaceutical executive, political donor and UNC-Chapel Hill benefactor, has stepped down from the UNC system's Board of Governors a year early.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 21:57:53

Cohen Send-off

Veteran legislative staffer Gerry Cohen got a big send-off party for his retirement, where he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an award for state service. Cohen is retiring after 37 years at the legislature.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 21:57:19

Sales Taxes

Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back under legislation passed Tuesday by a Senate panel.

MODIFIED: 07/22/14 21:56:44


"It is fitting that this was sponsored by the late Rep. Fulghum. As a medical doctor, this bill furthers his legacy of caring about the personal safety of others."
Gov. Pat McCrory, on a bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum that protects health care professionals who work with hazardous materials.
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