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NCDOT  Running On Fumes
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NCDOT Running On Fumes

The N.C. Department of Transportation is running out of gas.  NCDOT depleted its budget in 2019, a new report shows, leaving top members of the N.C. General Assembly to question how, and why, the department failed to pump the brakes on this year’s spending.  The financial review, commissioned by the Office of State Budget and...

One Million Dollars
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One Million Dollars

Legislators in North Carolina opted this summer to allow the sale of beer and wine at university sporting events — and UNC-Chapel Hill is already profiting from it. The state’s flagship university announced Friday it net more than $1 million from concessions during its first three home football games this season, media outlets report. Officials...

No Longer Trump Country?
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No Longer Trump Country?

The approval rating for President Donald Trump in North Carolina dropped below 40% amid a growing impeachment inquiry and questions about whether he tried to use international aid as leverage to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, according to a new poll. The latest poll from Meredith College in Raleigh shows...

Medicaid Changes
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Medicaid Changes

A big change to Medicaid has arrived in North Carolina — no, not expansion — that will affect thousands of people who get their health coverage through the government-run program. Previously called Medicaid transformation by the General Assembly, the Department of Health and Human Services has opened enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care to the entire...

Big Money Flowing To The No Big Money Democrat
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Big Money Flowing To The No Big Money Democrat

NORTH CAROLINA SENATE candidate Cal Cunningham, who has pledged not to take corporate PAC donations, as recently as last year received money from a real estate developer affiliated with Durham County’s first Super PAC, according to his financial disclosures. As a lawyer for Southern Durham Development starting in 2011, Cunningham helped push a controversial project...

Obesity Rate Jumps 20%
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Obesity Rate Jumps 20%

The obesity rate among adults has increased by more than 20 percent in North Carolina over the last 30 years, according to a new study. The State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow up Healthy, a report released bythe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week, tracked obesity data at national and state levels.

Vaping & Smoking Ban In Wilmington
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Vaping & Smoking Ban In Wilmington

The county’s recently formed Health and Human Services Board will consider two draft proposals next week, one that would ban electronic cigarettes and another that would ban all nicotine-containing products, including cigarettes, ‘vaping,’ and potentially chewing tobacco. Both bans would affect a broad definition of public places. According to Health Director Philip Tarte, the proposed...

Sheriff Indicted
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Sheriff Indicted

A North Carolina sheriff indicted on allegations he ignored and encouraged a plot to kill one of his deputies will keep collecting a paycheck during his suspension. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, but the court appearance was postponed for several reasons.

Money Troubles
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Money Troubles

A powerful state legislator borrowed half a million dollars last year from a man later indicted and accused of trying to bribe another state official. House Rules Chairman David Lewis said his farm in Harnett County needed help, and he turned to a friend and fellow farmer, John Gray. Gray loaned him $500,000 in June 2018 for...

More Mini-Budgets
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More Mini-Budgets

Lawmakers spent Tuesday, Oct. 8, advancing four mini-budget plans as the budget veto stalemate drags on into another month.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the $24 billion budget June 28. The N.C. House overrode the veto, but the Senate has yet to try.