APRIL 29, 2014
The Department of Insurance answers questions frequently asked after a storm or tornado: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds North Carolinians that the Department of Insurance is here to assist people as they deal with insurance-related concerns after last week’s storms and tornadoes. Read more here.
Brannon, Harris sharpen attacks on Tillis: It was the pastor in the race who drew first blood in Monday night’s televised debate between Republican U.S. Senate primary candidates. "It is so critical that we have someone who is electable," Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte said when asked what distinguished him from the other candidates. "There are two individuals on this platform tonight who carry with them baggage that I believe Kay Hagan will use to rip them apart." Read more here.
A surprise primary could cost Democrats a high court seat: One of only two Democrats on the seven-member court, Hudson assumed she would be facing a general challenge in the fall from Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson, a Republican. But near the end of the filing period, a second opponent emerged, Jeanette Doran. Read more here.
NC auto insurers propose yet another rate-making shift: A coalition of automobile insurance companies that are unhappy with the way that North Carolina regulates rates is taking yet another crack at changing the system. Read more here.
Commissioner Goodwin: Good Driver Discount Bill is ‘toxic’: An attempt by local lobbyists to break open the private vehicle insurance market by altering legislation to allow companies to opt out of the mandatory N.C. Rate Bureau membership is being called “counterintuitive” by N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Read more here.
The South could benefit the most from Obamacare: The South has mostly rejected Obamacare, but a new report from Kaiser Family Foundation suggests the region could get the most out of the health-care law’s marketplaces and Medicaid expansion. Read more here.
Environmental group releases video, urges Duke to clean up: The 3-minute video – titled “At What Cost?” – features five people who now live or used to live in Stokes County, near one of the largest coal-fired power plants in Duke Energy’s fleet – the Belews Creek Steam Station, built about 40 years ago. No direct, scientific connection between the power plant and the health concerns of the residents is offered in the video. But the message is clear: Some people, regardless of proof, wonder whether they are getting sick because of the power plant. Read more here.
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