NCDP Clips for Monday, December 7th, 2015
5 FACTORS THAT COULD SHAPE MCCRORY’S REELECTION BID (Charlotte Observer column) — With Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement last week that he is officially seeking reelection, here are five pairs of words that could shape how his bid for a second term plays out:
GOV PRO QUO (Charlotte Magazine) — It doesn’t take a psychology degree to perceive that Gov. Pat McCrory is and always has been hypersensitive to criticism, going back to his days as Charlotte’s mayor.
BILL CLINTON HELPING WIFE’S CAMPAIGN IN DURHAM, GREENSBORO (AP) — Bill Clinton is visiting North Carolina to help raise money for his wife’s presidential campaign.
POLICY & POLITICS
MCCRORY ADMINISTRATION ROLLS WITH NEW NC BRAND (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration launched a new branding effort for state government this year, with a new state logo and a slogan: “Nothing Compares.” The legislature gave McCrory’s Department of Commerce $1.5 million for the branding project,
MCCRORY REACTS TO PRES. OBAMA’S OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS (WFMY-TV) – Gov. Pat McCrory noticed a few things missing from President Obama’s remarks on terrorism Sunday night. The president gave a rare address from the Oval Office during primetime.
TILLIS URGES OBAMA TO SUBMIT WAR PLAN (Fayetteville Observer) — President Obama needs to consult his military advisers and set a firm policy to deal with the Islamic State, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said in an interview with The Fayetteville Observer.
AS DRONES FLY OFF SHELVES, NCDOT EXPLAINS GUIDELINES (TWCN-TV) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation knows drone sales could set records this season, which is why they’re giving the average hobbyist guidelines to follow.
RALEIGH COUNCIL TURNS BLUER, FOR NOW, WITHOUT REPUBLICANS (Raleigh News & Observer) — Republicans have a super-majority in the Legislative Building on Jones Street, but they no longer have a seat on the Raleigh City Council, which meets less than a mile away.
MONDAY NUMBERS FROM AN ALTERED STATE, PART 1 (N.C. Policy Watch) — 228 — weekly average in dollars of unemployment benefit in North Carolina (All for naught? Today’s harmful policies are setting up the unemployment insurance system to repeat past mistakes, fail to stabilize the economy,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, May 2015) 47 — rank of North Carolina’s unemployment benefit among the 50 states (Ibid)
BUNCOMBE COUNTY AGENCIES WORK PUT END TO ARSON BY YOUTHS (AP) — In an eerie surveillance image from a late July night, four teenagers stand near a piece of construction equipment.
BIG CHANGES COMING TO MEDICAID (N.C. Health News) — federal regulators are working on new rules to make oversight and reporting stricter for Medicaid managed care companies. Those rules are expected to be completed by next summer. “It’s here; get over it,” said Tara Larson, who worked in leadership positions at N.C. Medicaid for decades under Democratic administrations. She said people should take a similar attitude towards the North Carolina law. “[HB] 372 was passed. Will it get changed? Will it get tweaked? Maybe, maybe not,” said Larson, who now works as a consultant. “But the reality is, it is a law and we have to move forward with implementation.”
N.C. HOSPITALS COLLABORATE TO FACE NEW MEDICAID WORLD (N.C. Health News) — A consortium of 11 hospital systems has announced collaboration intended to figure out how to respond to the new state Medicaid reform plan.
SPEAKER MOORE ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSPORTATION SELECT COMMITTEE (N.C. Poltiical News) — Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the House Members who will serve on the newly formed Select Committee On Strategic Transportation Planning And Long Term Funding Solutions. Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) will serve as the Committee Chair.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
HALIFAX: DEPT. OF JUSTICE IN HALIFAX, AND MERGER MAYHEM (EdNC) — The U.S. Department of Justice is requesting information from the Halifax County Board of Education as part of a many-decades old school desegregation suit filed against the Halifax Board by the Department.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR COMMON CORE? (Asheville Citizen-Times) — When it comes to what students should be learning, math teacher Jeff Andrews says he and his fellow math teachers at Asheville High want solid, consistent standards. The fourth year into North Carolina’s implementation of common core standards, what they don’t want to see is another major overhaul.
WAKE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS START USING HAND SIGNALS (WUNC-FM) — Wake County school bus drivers will start using hand signals today as an extra safety measure.The district’s bus drivers have three new signals: a palm tells students to wait, a thumbs-up tells them it’s safe to board, and pointing shows students which direction to walk towards the bus.
PRIVATE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS’ PAY CONTINUE TO RISE, SURVEY FINDS (New York Times) — In all, 32 presidents received $1 million or more in compensation in 2013, the latest figures available, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The list contained some surprises — placing third is Nido Qubein, the president of High Point University, a relatively obscure school in North Carolina with an enrollment of about 4,000. He received $2.9 million, which includes $2.2 million in deferred compensation distribution.
HBCU EXPERIENCE ‘PRICELESS’ (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Representatives from about a dozen historically black colleges and universities spent their Saturday morning helping Greenville students figure out their options for continuing their education in North Carolina and beyond.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
VF OFFICIALS: N.C. IS MISSING OUT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES (Triad Business Journal) — VF, which has about 1,300 employees in Greensboro, is planning to cover its headquarters lot with raised solar panels which would also serve as carports. Requests for proposals are out. If completed, the project will produce 30 percent of the site’s electrical needs. It could break ground his spring. Had the project been completed by Dec. 31, VF would have qualified for renewable energy tax credits from the state. But the state legislature voted to end those incentives Dec. 31. VF Executive Letitia Webster is disappointed, to put it mildly.
FSU RESEARCHERS PUSHING LIMITS OF SOLAR CELLS (Solar Daily) — Florida State University researchers are striving to make solar cells more effective at trapping and using light. They’re one step closer.
N.C. SOLAR FARM DEVELOPER DETAILS PLAN TO RAISE CAPITAL (PR Newswire) — One of the largest developers of utility scale solar farm projects in the United States, Innovative Solar Systems LLC, has announced it will seek to raise capital to expand operations
DUKE ENERGY WANTS 50, NOT 40-YEAR, LICENSE TO MANAGE RIVER (AP) — Duke Energy has a new hydropower license to manage the Catawba River for the next 40 years but wants that license extended so it can manage the waterway for the next half century.
LET THE CDC STUDY GUNS (Raleigh News & Observer) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies threats to Americans’ health, but is barred by law from researching gun violence, thanks to pressure from the NRA. That needs to change.
FLYTRAP POACHERS FACE STIFF PENALTIES (Wilmington Star-News) — The good news behind the recent arrests of suspected plant poachers in Brunswick County is that local prosecutors and law officers are taking the Venus’ flytrap seriously
FEMALE US SOLDIERS ARE READY FOR COMBAT ROLES (Raleigh News & Observer) – – The Department of Defense makes the right move in allowing women to be soldiers in all respects.
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