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Food stamps backlog cost $21 million, state asking for more federal help

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services staff confirmed Thursday that dealing with the massive backlog of food stamps cases cost  $21 million in unanticipated costs, in overtime and other costs at both the state and county level.
Now, state … Read More...

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The coal ash mess: Here to stay for the foreseeable future?

Wasn’t it just several weeks ago that Gov. Pat McCrory was stating plainly that North Carolina needed to move its coal ash waste sites away from water as is being done in South Carolina? Now after much hemming and hawing … Read More...

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Tax cuts still aren’t telling the story supporters want

At his Tax Day press conference, Governor McCrory repeated the often-heard claim that the effect of cutting taxes on the state’s economy speaks for itself. Last year’s tax cuts may be speaking, but they’re not telling the story its proponents … Read More...

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As drilling safety rules finalized, environmentalists remain wary of rush to frack (video)

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission has finalized the proposed safety regulations that companies will need to follow in order to frack for natural gas in our state.

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North Carolina’s teachers post their resignation letters at ResignNC.org

Some of North Carolina’s teachers who have reached the end of their ropes are making their reasons for quitting their jobs very public.
As reported by The Carolina Mercury, Pam Lilley, a school library media specialist in Cornelius, N.C., created … Read More...

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Editorials blast inadequate teacher pay plans

It’s becoming increasingly clear that any hope for meaningful across-the-board pay raises for North Carolina teachers is withering on the political vine like a strawberry patch nipped by a mid-April freeze. Two new editorials spell this out.
As the Charlotte … Read More...

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McCrory pushes plan to pay beginning teachers more, hopes for raises for all teachers

Pay beginning teachers more, and pay veteran teachers more too — if available revenue allows.
That was the message from Governor Pat McCrory today, who convened his Education Cabinet at Meredith College to discuss top budget priorities for the upcoming … Read More...

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Half Dozen Things You Didn’t Hear at Governor McCrory’s Tax Day Press Event but Should Know

If you listened to Governor McCrory’s press event on Tuesday, you might be a little confused about the tax plan that pasted last year and what it means for our state.
Tax reform should be about modernizing the tax code … Read More...

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The Fourth Circuit hands down a win for public access to court records

In a decision released today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond held that the public and press right of access to court records trumps a corporation’s desire to keep quiet complaints about one of its products — … Read More...

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Gallup: Uninsured rate dropping more in states embracing Affordable Care Act

While this shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to the latest polling from Gallup, the uninsured rate is dropping about three times faster in states that have expanded Medicaid, set up a state health exchange and generally embraced the … Read More...

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