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State has $25.5 billion unfunded retiree health liability

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 29, 2015. The state of North Carolina has unfunded liabilities for its retiree health benefit fund totaling $25.5 billion, a legislative oversight committee learned Monday. “We found the unfunded actuarial liability for the retiree health benefit is large, but the state could save up to $64 million annually by […]

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DOT Secretary Tata resigns

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by WTVD11, July 28, 2015. Governor Pat McCrory says Tony Tata has resigned as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation “to focus on personal and family matters in addition to pursuing his passion as an author.” “Tony Tata has been a valuable partner in our efforts to reform and modernize North Carolina’s transportation […]

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Warning signs for group homes emerge amid budget stalemate

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 27, 2015. Eric likes sports, especially basketball. He likes his two-day-a-week job at Marbles Kids Museum. He loves attending his family’s Lutheran church. Anchoring the 47-year-old’s life is his group home, where he and four other developmentally disabled men have lived together for years. “Moving for him would be traumatic,” […]

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Adults who allow underage drinking can be charged in N.C.

| July 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Leyla Santiago, WRAL, July 24, 2015. Mixing adults, minors and alcohol at private parties is a dangerous cocktail in North Carolina. Although it is legal in some states for minors to drink alcohol at private parties with permission from their parents, North Carolina is not one of those states. Officials with the state Division […]

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Bill to resume state executions due for Senate vote Monday night

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, July 23, 2015. State Senate leaders are moving ahead with a bill aimed at restarting executions in North Carolina. House Bill 774, titled the “Restoring Proper Justice Act,” would repeal the law requiring a physician to monitor the lethal injection during executions. Instead, any licensed medical professional, including nurse practitioners or EMTs, […]

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Study ranks N.C. near bottom in child wellbeing

| July 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

by, July 21, 2015. A new report released Tuesday ranks North Carolina in the bottom half of states in the health and well-being of children, a higher percentage of whom now live in poverty. As of 2013, one in four children in North Carolina lived in poverty, compared with one in five in 2008, […]

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N.C. counties promised $284 million in incentives over five years

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Sarah Curry, John Locke Foundation, July 9, 2015. N.C. counties entered into incentives contracts totaling nearly $284 million from 2009 to 2014, according to a first-of-its-kind John Locke Foundation Policy Report compiling statewide local incentives data. The report shows actual incentives payments totaled $144 million over the same five-year period. Report authors urge the N.C. General […]

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Few magistrates opt out of same-sex marriage duties

| July 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie and Matthew Burns, WRAL. com, July 7, 2015. Only 2 percent of North Carolina magistrates have taken advantage of a new state law allowing them to express their opposition to same-sex marriage by opting out of performing all weddings. Senate Bill 2 was adopted on June 11 after lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat […]

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Lawsuit filed over teen’s death in Raleigh crash

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Ed Crump,, July 3, 2015. A state trooper whose son was killed while driving drunk is now suing the businesses who supplied and served alcohol at a wedding party the teen attended before the fatal crash. The trooper and his wife, Greg and Carrie Taylor, filed the suit under a law that makes […]

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Legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion

| July 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

by John Moritz, Associated Press, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, July 6, 2015. Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina’s legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Demonstrators who have […]

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