NCDP Clips for Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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NC lawmakers signal deal on funding to keep state government going (Raleigh News & Observer) — General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement lateMonday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget. The House approved a funding bandage that essentially continues the current year’s spending levels until Aug. 14 – ideally enough runway for the legislature to finalize and send the governor a new, two-year spending plan, which will not be ready by the new fiscal year starting Wednesday.
Teacher assistants, supporters rally to fight state budget cuts (Fayetteville Observer) — More than 8,000 teacher assistant jobs could be cut in North Carolina, but educators aren’t going down without a fight.
NC Senate packs bill with environmental regulation changes (AP) — Senate Republicans began trying again Monday to alter environmental standards they claimed would trim needless regulation and aid business.
Gov. vs. legislature: N.C. Supreme Court to hear landmark case (Charlotte Observer) — The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a landmark case pitting the governor against leaders of the General Assembly. Two former governors are expected to appear at the court for the case involving the constitutional separation of powers. “The issues … in this case are some of the most significant issues to be heard by the court in decades,” said Bob Stephens, counsel to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. “The court’s ruling could be historic.”
House votes down Greensboro redistricting proposal (WRAL-TV) — By a resounding 35-73 vote, state House lawmakers Monday night refused to accept a bid by Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, to redraw the Greensboro City Council.
POLICY & POLITICS
Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines (Washington Post) — The case arose after Arizona voters opposed to congressional gerrymandering had taken the power away from state legislators.
Justices allow new hearings in N.C. capital cases (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place lower court rulings ordering hearings over jurors in two North Carolina death penalty trials who reached beyond the jury room for biblical references to help their deliberations
KKK plans South Carolina State House rally (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan will hold a rally at the South Carolina State House next month to protest efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds.
State to add 105,000 jobs this year, jobless rate to fall says NCSU economist (WRAL-TV) — North Carolina employers will add 105,000 jobs this year, with most of those coming in the Triangle and other metro areas, and the state’s unemployment rate will drop to 5.5 percent, says N.C. State economist Michael Walden.
Obama goes big with changes to overtime policy (Washington Post) — The adjustment would make millions more low-level managers eligible for time-and-a-half, though employers warn that workers wouldn’t benefit.
North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks (National Geographic) — There have been six shark attacks in North Carolina this year, all of them in June. This is already more than last year, when the state saw four attacks. So what’s going on this year? 1. Warmer weather; 2. Higher salinity; 3. A bloom of bait fish; 4. Fishing near swimmers; 5. Global warming
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions (New York Times) — On the last day of its session, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider an affirmative action case involving the University of Texas. The court has agreed to take another look at a challenge to the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a challenge to affirmative action in higher education.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Environmental groups: How U.S. Supreme Court’s EPA ruling could impact NC(Triangle Business Journal) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect anti-pollution efforts in North Carolina, environmental groups say.
national sterilization compensation movement could come (Winston-Salem Journal) — Good for U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina for his bipartisan effort to ensure that victims of forced sterilization nationwide who receive compensation won’t suffer adverse effects in federal benefits they might receive. And this bill, one of the few ever from Congress to address sterilization compensation, could help lead to a national compensation movement.
Senate would kill driver education, road safety (Fayetteville Observer) — Efforts to streamline government, cut its costs and still make it more effective are laudable.