WRAL: North Carolina stays 46th in teacher pay

RALEIGH, N.C. — An annual study on public schools says North Caroilna still remains near the bottom when it comes to teacher pay. The National Education Association report found North Carolina ranked 46th among the states and the District of Columbia in average pay during 2012-13, just like last year. Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Bill might require quicker public notice of pollution spills

State lawmakers might require the public be notified more quickly whenever there are spills of pollution into waterways, such as the coal ash discharge into the Dan River and a sewage leak into the Haw River earlier this year. The Environmental Review Commission, comprised of state legislators, could draft a bill requiring the owner or operator responsible for a wastewater spill of more than 1,000 gallons to report it to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources within 24 hours of discovering it. Read more here.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: McCrory criticizes Attorney General for comments on coal ash cleanup

Gov. Pat McCrory criticized Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office on Wednesday, suggesting Cooper was politicizing the cleanup of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill on the Dan River last month. McCrory has given Duke until Saturday to supply options, costs and other details for dealing with its ash ponds. Last month a collapsed culvert spilled up to 39,000 tons of coal ash sludge across some 70 miles of river bottom. Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Senate leader’s son gets nearly $20K from legislative lobbyists

The congressional campaign of Phil Berger Jr. raised at least $19,400 in December from registered lobbyists of the General Assembly, where his father, Phil Berger, leads the Senate. The contributions which ranged from $250 to the maximum $2,600 represented roughly one-sixth of the $118,000 Berger Jr. raised for his campaign in 2013, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Read more here.

NC Policy Watch: Senator Burr’s Shameful Stonewalling

There has never been an African-American judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for some reason Senator Richard Burr seems intent on keeping it that way. President Obama has nominated federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker to fill a vacancy on the court. She would be the first African-American and the second woman ever to serve on the Eastern District bench but she has yet to receive a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee because Burr refuses to allow it. See more here.


LA CONEXION: Campaña en Carolina del Norte busca asegurar participación latina en eleccion

EFEUSA- Una campaña en Carolina del Norte busca asegurarse de que no haya confusión entre los votantes del estado con la nueva ley del sufragio, considerada una de las más estrictas del país, y ejerzan su derecho al voto en las elecciones primarias de mayo próximo. Bajo el lema "No se asuste. Esté preparado", la iniciativa Operation Jumpstart the Vote, un esfuerzo estatal de más de 800 voluntarios, decenas de grupos civiles, religiosos, y organizaciones sin fines de lucro, animan a los nuevos ciudadanos y a los residentes del estado a registrase y a votar en las elecciones de 2014. Leer más aquí.


SALON: Paul Ryan: Poverty due to “real cultural problem” in America’s “inner cities”

Citing Charles Murray, the libertarian academic and pundit who has previously argued that poverty is largely a consequence of low IQ and race, Rep. Paul Ryan told right-wing radio host Bill Bennett on Wednesday morning that poverty in America is largely a product of a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” “So there’s a real culture problem here,” Ryan continued, “that has to be dealt with.” Read more here.

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