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NC struggles to keep up with SC in incentives race

| December 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Rick Rothacker and Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer, December 20, 2014. North Carolina officials want to close the gap with South Carolina and other states that offer larger incentive packages and lower tax rates to lure companies – sometimes causing Charlotte to miss out on hundreds of jobs. But emails and documents obtained by the […]

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No insurance increase for NC homeowners

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by, December 19, 2014. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a zero-percent statewide overall average change in homeowners insurance rates, effective June 1, 2015. The decision comes after Goodwin held a hearing to examine the insurance companies’ request to raise overall average rates by 25.6 percent. “The rates I have ordered are […]

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Supreme Court upholds legislative, Congressional districts

| December 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, December 20, 2014. Twelve months after hearing arguments in the case, the N.C. Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday upholding the Republican-led redrawing of state congressional and legislative districts in 2011. But the NAACP and other organizations that challenged the maps quickly announced plans to continue their legal battle […]

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Supreme Court: Life means life

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Randall Kerr, WRAL, December 19, 2014. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that a convicted killer serving a life sentence under a 40-year-old law cannot use credits for good behavior to reduce the length of his sentence. The court reversed a 2013 ruling from the state Court of Appeals, which had upheld a Superior Court […]

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McCrory and Sanford get payouts from broker

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, December 16, 2014. Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two Republicans served as directors […]

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NC cities, towns want local sales tax power to fix budget shortfall

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer, December 11, 2014. Cities and towns could ask state legislators for a special sales tax within municipal boundaries to make up for $62 million in lost privilege tax revenues. The legislature earlier this year repealed the privilege tax, which opponents consider an unfair and uneven way to tax businesses. But […]

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Report: State spends $160,000 a year to lock up a young person

| December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, December 10, 2014. North Carolina is spending almost $160,000 a year to incarcerate a young person, according to a new report released Tuesday. But the state has made significant strides in reducing the number of juveniles it locks up, said Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, which […]

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Tests are next step in coal ash cleanup

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, December q0, 2014. Environmental regulators don’t know enough about the extent of groundwater contamination at coal ash plants across the state to determine which ones pose the biggest threat, a legislative commission was told Wednesday. Beyond the four sites that a state law this summer required to be excavated […]

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Feds approve deal for Duke to buy assets from municipalities

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Murawski, News and Observer, December 9, 2014. Federal regulators on Tuesday approved a $1.2 billion deal to allow Duke Energy Progress to buy back power plant ownership from 32 debt-saddled Eastern North Carolina towns that bought costly shares in the power plants more than three decades ago. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Duke’s […]

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Spate of suits aimed at curtailing controversial laws

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, December 6, 2014. Teachers, bail bondsmen, city governments and even the governor are on the roster of those who have sued the General Assembly over the past four years, all claiming the legislature overstepped limits laid out by the state or federal constitutions. The outcomes of those and other cases will […]

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