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NC Medicaid $181 million under budget at mid-year

| February 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by WXII.com, February 9, 2016. North Carolina’s Medicaid finances are continuing to run under budget thanks to essentially flat enrollment growth and less-than-anticipated medical expenses and use of services. The Division of Medical Assistance told a General Assembly oversight committee Tuesday state spending on Medicaid was $181 million below the nearly $2 billion set aside […]

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Special session to redraw congressional districts may be called

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

by WNCN, published on WNCT.com, February 9, 2016. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said Monday that Feb. 15 is the likely date for a special session, if one is called, to redraw Congressional districts in the state. Later Monday afternoon, the state filed an emergency petition seeking an emergency stay. A panel of […]

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NC Redistricting case heads to U.S. Supreme Court

| February 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker and Tyler Dukes, WRAL, February 9, 2016. A trio of federal judges on Tuesday refused to delay their order that North Carolina redraw its congressional districts map before holding elections for the state’s 13 U.S. House members. That rejection was quickly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by state election officials. The […]

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Legislators may boost ‘Zero tax bracket’ in short session

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, February 10, 2016. Legislative leaders are floating a proposal to increase the standard deduction — or what Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, calls the “zero bracket” — on North Carolina income taxes, a move that could eliminate state income taxes for tens of thousands of taxpayers. Barry Boardman, chief economist at […]

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NC Lawmakers request emergency stay of redistricting ruling

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jon Camp and Joel Brown, ABC11.com, February 8, 2016. North Carolina is faced with a federal order to hold a special legislative session to redraw its Congressional lines by Feb. 19. And if the state is unable, it can’t hold any of its Congressional races. North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. (image courtesy U.S. Department of […]

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Emerging Issues: How can NC deal with threat of jobless future?

| February 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Rick Smith, WRAL TechWire, February 8, 2016. Is a jobless future coming for North Carolina? Nearly half of the state’s jobs are at risk if state and industry leaders don’t take steps now to deal with the coming tsunami of disruption, says a new study. As robotics, artificial intelligence and technology continue to evolve […]

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Air Force to remove C-130s from Fort Bragg

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gilbert Baez, WRAL, February 5, 2016. The Air Force has notified Congress that it plans to do away with a group of transport planes based at Fort Bragg. The 440th Airlift Wing flies C-130 aircraft that support training at Fort Bragg, but military leaders said they can meet training requirements for 82nd Airborne Division […]

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Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps

| February 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, February 5, 2016. Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two […]

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NC SPIN episode # 901 – Air Date 2/7/2016

| February 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Watch NC SPIN online!  Join us this week when we present a special program on public education that was recorded a couple of weeks ago at the January 2016 Public School Forum’s Eggs and Issues breakfast.

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Elections take shape with fundraising numbers

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published on WRAL.com, February 4, 2016. North Carolina’s March 15 primary and the November general election are taking shape as candidates and party committees disclosed financial reports over the past week as state and federal filing deadlines came and went. Here is a glance at financial reports in the state’s […]

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