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Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

NC Senate majority leader Brown won’t seek 9th term

Nov. 27, 2019 4:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The majority leader of the North Carolina State Senate says he will not seek re-election. A letter from Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office on Wednesday says Onslow County Republican Sen. Harry Brown announced on a radio show this week that he felt it’s the appropriate...

Stalemate still on as N Carolina legislature ends this year

Nov. 26, 2019 11:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked. It may take the November 2020...

As expected, NC Medicaid managed care won’t begin on time

Nov. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Medicaid program won’t shift to managed-care benefits as scheduled early next year, the largest casualty to date of the monthslong budget stalemate between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers. Although the Department of Health and Human...

North Carolina lawmakers go home, next return in January

Nov. 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has ended its brief return visit to Raleigh. The Senate and House adjourned on Friday, two days after reconvening. The Senate finalized a replacement map for the state’s congressional districts and elected Greensboro construction firm owner...

Congressional remap tops reconvened NC legislative session

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to redraw a new congressional district map for the 2020 elections after state judges determined the current U.S. House lines can’t be used because they’re likely unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Settling on a new...

Governor vetoes teacher pay bills, seeks higher raises

Nov. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, describing the increases as "paltry" and asking Republican legislators to work with him for higher salaries for teachers. The state shouldn't accept the inadequate raises approved last week by the GOP-controlled...

North Carolina Senate leader says lease transactions lawful

Nov. 6, 2019 2:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A powerful North Carolina legislator has been spending campaign money toward leasing a house he and his wife own in Raleigh, but state election officials have told Senate leader Phil Berger such transactions are lawful. A Berger campaign spokesman provided emails supporting the...

North Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The (Wilmington) StarNews on the Environmental Protection Agency rolling back federal rules on coal ash: Britain's Guardian newspaper reported not long ago on a speech by a petrochemical executive. He remarked that Donald Trump was one of the most...

North Carolina redistricting cases could offer map to others

Nov. 2, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina. Within four months, state judges hearing two...