MAY 14, 2014


Sen. Hagan proposes grant program to spur innovation at HBCUs: Hagan said her proposal would authorize a competitive grant program for the development of new and better methods of addressing specific needs of students at HBCUs. She said those needs could include improving student achievement, enhancing student retention and completion, increasing student enrollment in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and expanding the use of technology. Read more here.

Tillis stays on course in pursuit of Senate: House Speaker Thom Tillis says he won’t veer from the conservative policies he championed before winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate last week as he leads the chamber for the final year. Read more here.


Lawmakers return amid sound, fury and a budget proposal: The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues was supposed to wrap up work Tuesday, but its main recommendation to the General Assembly riled parents of children with autism. Those parents worried that the bill could derail efforts to require insurers to cover certain behavioral therapies…A compromise that exempts autism-related conditions from the moratorium has been crafted and the committee is due to take a final vote at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Read more here.

‘Moral Monday’ protests returning to legislature next week:. Leaders of a protest movement …last year announced Wednesday that they will hold their first rally of the 2014 legislative session next Monday. Protesters plan to hold "a love feast" similar to a Passover seder to symbolize how they are working together to defeat the injustices they see. Read more here.

Clay Aiken wins close primary race in North Carolina, results show: Results certified Tuesday show …Aiken as the winner of a Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina by fewer than 400 votes, one day after his chief opponent died suddenly. Read more here.


Obama to push for infrastructure projects, resulting jobs: Obama has laid out a plan that would supplement the Highway Trust Fund with $150 billion for new infrastructure investments, which the White House says would both repair dangerous roads and bridges and put more Americans back to work. Read more here.

Obama makes new pitch for immigration reform: At an event with law enforcement officials, Obama said he was "not hell-bent" on seeing every word from the Senate version in any immigration bill that might reach his desk. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday that the GOP shouldn’t field a presidential candidate in the next race if Congress fails to pass immigration reform this year. Read more here.

Rove criticized for Clinton ‘brain injury’ suggestion: Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said that "Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying." Rove defended his comments Tuesday morning on the Fox News Channel, saying that it’s legitimate to ask about a potential presidential candidate’s health. Read more here.


Person County officials: Don’t dump coal ash at this landfill: “I’m not pleased at all,” Commissioner Frances Blalock said Tuesday of Duke Energy’s plans to move the toxic sludge to the privately owned Upper Piedmont Landfill near Rougemont. “It’s their problem, and they’re going to be transferring the liability to us. The county board’s chairman also objects to the idea of bringing coal ash to the Upper Piedmont. Read more here.

WNC residents rally to support public schools:More than two dozen groups are involved in the rally including the Henderson County Chapter of the state NAACP, the North Carolina Association of Educators, Mountain People’s Assembly and Henderson County Retired School Personnel. Read more here.

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