N.C. lawmakers will soon take steps to improve the state’s troubled medical examiner system. But those changes likely won’t be as dramatic as some lawmakers and experts had hoped - at least not for 2015.
Wake County’s 38 multi-track year-round schools are opening a new school year Tuesday amid uncertainty about how many teacher assistants they will be able to keep. School districts are waiting to see if North Carolina lawmakers will stop funding as many as 8,500 teacher assistant positions over the next two years.
Private school enrollment, fueled by the new voucher program, increased for the first time in North Carolina since 2007, to 97,259 students. Home-school enrollment also increased 9 percent in North Carolina to an estimated 106,853 students.
The death of a 12-year-old camper on a zip line this summer has prompted state legislators to see if something should be done to ensure the safety of the rides. The state does not currently regulate zip lines, but insurance companies require that camps have zip lines inspected.
Gov. Pat McCrory said in an interview it is wrong that his major jobs plan is now a part of ongoing negotiations over the state budget, saying the issue has him “the most impatient” six months after the current lawmaking session began.
A new Domecast, our weekly podcast that looks at government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of July 4-5. This week’s show includes an extended interview with Gov. Pat McCrory that focused on the state budget and related topics, including his bond proposal and jobs plan.
After a heated debate that featured accusations of deception and Senate coercion, the N.C. House rapidly changed course Thursday on legislation that would change how the Greensboro City Council is elected.
Six demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday while protesting the NC General Assembly’s refusal to extend Medicaid to an estimated 500,000 people eligible under the Affordable Care Act. They also were advocating for gay and immigrant rights.
At least one-third of North Carolina’s school systems are suspending their driver’s education programs this summer until they find out whether they’ll receive any state money to help pay for the classes.
Gov. Pat McCrory was joined by hundreds of county and city officials Tuesday as he pressed his case for a $2.85 billion bond proposal to fund road and infrastructure projects, but the General Assembly is not completely on board with the governor’s plan.