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North Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis wrote to VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday with some preliminary recommendations about how to use good business practices to improve the health care veterans receive.
With little discussion and no study, North Carolina legislators are attempting to severely weaken an environmental regulation that has been on the books since 1971. They say it’s outdated and unnecessarily costly.
After extended debate, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required each political party’s candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run on a single ticket failed to gain the supermajority vote needed to pass the measure in the House Wednesday.
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an amendment by U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, that adds $15 million for Veterans Affairs research on traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, prosthetics and other veterans’ health needs.
Wake County school leaders and school supporters are trying to portray the state as the bad guy for putting the district in the situation where it may ask for a $48.3 million local funding increase. During Tuesday’s school board work session and budget public hearing, the General Assembly was repeatedly accused of not providing enough funding to help North Carolina’s largest school district meet its needs.
The proposal comes about two years after teachers around the state participated in demonstrations against state GOP education policies. Many of those protests were on school grounds. Angry emails from teachers sent from their work addresses also had legislators fired up.
Wisconsin Gov. and expected presidential candidate Scott Walker will be a featured speaker at the state Republican Party’s convention in June. The convention will take place June 5 to June 7 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Legislation that would allow businesses to sue employees who steal merchandise, data or other records, or who covertly record audio or video on the premises, was approved by a NC House committee Tuesday.
The state House unanimously approved a bill that is part of an effort by the NC Medical Board to answer concerns raised in a state audit last year about the program that helps doctors deal with substance abuse, mental health or sexual misconduct.