NCDP Clips for Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Controversial NC Confederate memorial bill gets tentative approval (AP) — A controversial bill to preserve North Carolina’s historical monuments has been given tentative approval after overcoming objections from those in the legislature who say it protects Confederate memorials.
Vandals paint slogan on Confederate women’s memorial in Raleigh (Raleigh News & Observer) — Vandals painted the slogan "Black Lives Matter" overnight Monday on the Confederate Women’s Monument on the State Capitol grounds, police said.
Public Will Get Its Say on Regulatory Bill (Coastal Review) — A N.C. House committee, in an unusual move, will allow the public this morning to comment on a controversial state Senate bill that rolls back coastal stormwater standards and weakens a number of other environmental regulations.
Primary date would keep N.C. at front of presidential election (Raleigh News & Observer) — In an effort to make North Carolina a significant part of the 2016 presidential election, Senate lawmakers are pushing changes to the state’s presidential primary, including moving the date to March 15.
Advocates Call for Medicaid Expansion, But the Politics Look Unlikely (N.C. Health News) — Across the U.S., Republican governors and legislatures are embracing an expansion of the health care program for the poor, disabled and elderly that would be paid for mostly by the federal government. So why is North Carolina resisting?
NC Biotech Center faces uncertain future (Raleigh News & Observer) — Senate budget would eliminate center’s funding; House budget would maintain $13.6M
POLICY & POLITICS
More NC children are living in poverty than in 2008 (Charlotte Observer) — The number of children in North Carolina living in poverty has increased by 25 percent since 2008, according to a report to be released Tuesday, even as the nation recovered from the recession.
NC reaches $2.5 million deal with family of inmate who died in custody (AP) — The N.C. Department of Public Safety says its Division of Adult Correction has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the estate of a man with mental illness who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days.
NC donors favor Bush, Clinton so far (WRAL-TV) — North Carolina donors have given presidential candidates more than $658,000 since the beginning of the year, just a fraction of the $73.5 million raised nationwide in that period.
Prison escapee arrested in Lillington after decades on the lam (WRAL-TV) — Brenda G. Lucas had 35 years of freedom before her arrest last week in Harnett County. Lucas, 65, was convicted of drug possession charges in July 1979 and was serving a three-year sentence when she disappeared.
Greensboro to consider $5.7M drone deal (Triad Business Journal) — It would integrate the first city-wide unmanned aircraft system performing robotic 911 emergency response.
Broken machine delays mailing of NC vehicle registrations (Greensboro News & Record) — Many people are likely driving around with expired tags because of a machine breakdown that delayed registration mailings.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
UNC researchers: Drug cocktails can stop sexual transmission of HIV (Raleigh News & Observer) — Groundbreaking research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill has demonstrated that potent drug cocktails can disable HIV to the point that the deadly virus can’t be transmitted to other people through sexual activity.
Governor, counsel owe public a full accounting (Winston-Salem Journal) — Perception is everything in politics, and, most important, public trust. Good leaders respond quickly to problems of perception to retain the public trust. Gov. McCrory responded far too late to the conflict of interest in this case.
From a son of the South: Fold the Confederate battle flag (Raleigh News & Observer column) — I am a white son of the American South who accepts the reality that the Civil War was fought mainly in defense of slavery, that it is revisionism at best to contend otherwise and that the Confederate Battle Flag now represents the worst of our racist heritage. It is sad and disgraceful that 150 years after the Civil War ended with the Confederacy in defeat and slavery outlawed that we are still having this conversation.
It’s not who wins; it’s who votes (Charlotte Observer column) Whatever your politics, your age, race or gender, and wherever you live in North Carolina, you have a stake in a lawsuit now being tried in Winston-Salem.
Who should decide the fate of our monuments? (Charlotte Observer) — To understand what a bill protecting N.C. monuments is trying to accomplish, it’s important to understand what the bill isn’t