Historic House chamber at the NC State Capitol (Photo: Clayton Henkel)
By Joe Killian
The UNC Board of Governors approved a bonus of $475,200 for UNC System President Peter Hans Wednesday, praising the job Hans has done leading the 17-campus system in a difficult time for higher education.
The one-time payment to Hans’s Senior Administrative Officer Retirement Account is in line with an incentive scheme under which he was hired in June 2020. [Read more…]
State Board of Education (SBE) leaders are concerned that the Parents’ Bill of Rights legislation vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper doesn’t give the state board authority to enforce the recommendations of a hearing officer in disputes between parents and public schools.
SBE Chairman Eric Davis and SBE vice Chairman Alan Duncan penned a letter to lawmakers to take issue with a provision in Senate Bill 49 that requires the state board to appoint an attorney to serve as a hearing officer in such disputes. [Read more…]
By Lisa Sorg
Top Durham Parks and Recreation officials knew last November that areas in three city parks contained high levels of lead, but did not inform the public, emails obtained today by NC Newsline under public records laws show.
On Nov. 30, 2022, Dan Richter, a soil scientist at Duke University told Parks Superintendent Robert Jennings that “the results show very high soil lead in all three parks … How should we move ahead? Do let me know. While I’m not a soil remediation expert, we do see opportunities and needs for soil remediation at all three parks.” [Read more…]
By Lynn Bonner
Student IDs from all UNC system universities meet state requirements that allow them to be used for voting, according to information the state Board of Elections released Monday. Most of the community colleges, private universities, charter schools, and local governments that asked the state elections board to approve their student and/or employee IDs for voting [Read more…]
5. VA reporting requirement draws conservative backlash
Despite worrisome veteran suicide numbers, Republicans push to preserve gun rights
Seventeen veterans die by suicide every day. Twelve of those 17 are from a self-inflicted firearm injury. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says those numbers underscore the agency’s continued obligation and commitment to reduce self-harm by its members.
But on Tuesday, the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was focused on H.R. 705, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
The bill would prohibit the VA from sending information on veterans…[Read more…]
By Joe Killian
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz appeared before a special meeting of the UNC System Board of Governors Wednesday to explain his plan to fully cover tuition and fees for in-state students whose families earn less than $80,000 a year.
The plan would apply only to students enrolling at UNC-Chapel Hill, not other campuses within the UNC system. [Read more…]
Since the beginning of the Republic, American politicians, advocates, pundits and citizens have argued about the appropriate length of state legislative sessions.
Owing to concerns about the threat posed by rogue legislatures drunk – sometimes literally — with power, as well as the costs associated with endless sessions, most states have long imposed a formal or informal cap on how long lawmakers may remain in session. [Read more…]
By Kelan Lyons
Last year, the North Carolina Supreme Court voted in favor of Doris Cunningham, a 59-year-old woman who was injured on the job at Goodyear Tire & Rubber, where she’d worked for almost 20 years. In 2014, she’d hurt her back so badly trying to move a tire that she couldn’t get out of bed the next day. Her employer had argued Cunningham hadn’t been eligible for disability benefits because she hadn’t followed state law, which required her to file a claim within two years of her injury. The Supreme Court disagreed, ruling that Cunningham was entitled to her disability benefits. [Read more…]
Wake County Public Schools formalized on Tuesday how people can challenge books and instructional materials that they find inappropriate or offensive.
The revised wording to Policy 3210 requires principals to schedule a meeting with the person who is concerned about a book or piece of instructional material; previously, the person only had to submit a complaint in writing.[Read more…]
- Congresswoman Kathy Manning on NC’s business climate and reproductive healthcare
- Senator Mike Woodard on the delayed NC budget, pending veto overrides, and election law changes
- Reporter Jacob Fischler on how D.C. decisionmakers are responding to some environmental rulings
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