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Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.
After a series of demonstratively tough weeks, the hits just keep on coming, faster and faster as if a spinning top, reeling from the negative inertia.
Governor McCrory's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 – 8 p.m. at NC State University's McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.
You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays.
For as long as I've been working in the higher education policy world, people have been talking about the prospects for a breakout for distance learning (i.e., online courses) and how that would transform higher education.
Any conversation about campus rape policy will more than likely feature the following positions. One argument, often made by feminists and victim advocates, is that we need more guidance and support for victims. The other, expressed by due process advocates, contends that universities are unfair...
When folks talk about poverty in schools, they typically reference the number of students who receive a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), which means that I often need to consult FRL statistics published annually by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI). But reviewing last year's data...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) introduced legislation on Monday to reform the state sales tax system. The state levies a 4.75 percent sales tax, while counties levy an additional two percent. The two percent is the focus of the bill, and is currently composed of three different...
A new study this week estimated that North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (RPS) has increased electricity costs by $276 million, and that the bulk of those costs are concentrated on commercial electricity consumers and residential consumers...
It's been a little over one week since the House filed HB 200, which would loosen up the state's Certificate of Need (CON) law - a regulatory burden requiring medical providers to ask permission from the state and their competitors before expanding their businesses.
Six months ago, three of North Carolina's leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical...
A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 6 in a high-profile case pitting the public's access to official records against government attempts to suppress information from public view.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) today met with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to discuss the future of the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Airfield
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today announced he is an original co-sponsor of the Prioritizing Veterans' Access to Mental Health Care Act. The bill was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Tillis joins Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) as original co-sponsors.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today issued the following statement on the five-year anniversary President Obama signed ObamaCare into law.
I remember, along with older folks, the days of youth when time dragged by. You looked at your grandparents as so old and wise. You wanted to do the things they did and, with my Granddaddy Williams, drive the pickup and tractor. His farm in Pickens County, SC, was the land of my dreams and wonder
Governor Pat McCrory has nominated Charles M. "Casey" Viser of Mecklenburg County for a Special Superior Court Judgeship. The seat was formerly held by Special Superior Court Judge Martin McGee.
Governor McCrory hosted a recognition reception for organizers, volunteers, and sponsors of the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) today.
Governor Pat McCrory has nominated Michael L. "Mike" Robinson of Forsyth County to become a Business Court Judge.
To the extent that Roy Cooper has a reasonable chance of defeating Gov. Pat McCrory for reelection, it's because many of his fellow Democrats failed in their efforts to change the electoral process in 1980s and early 1990s.
Public school superintendents have been in the news lately, and it's not been flattering. Desperate to move on from the contentious tenure of Superintendent Katie McGee, the Brunswick County Board of Education hired Edward Pruden in 2010 at a salary of $159,400 a year. Late last year, the school...
A U.S. Supreme Court decision that many opponents of restrictive occupational licensing rules saw as a victory for small-scale entrepreneurs may wind up being a setback, as the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division wants to create an Occupational Licensing Commission to supervise...
Countering arguments that Medicaid expansion would benefit North Carolina's economy, a new report from the national group State Budget Solutions estimates that expansion actually would lead to a $6.4 billion hit in future personal income growth.
The "great man" theory of history fell out of favor before Winston Churchill took a leading role on the world stage. It's too bad. That theory seems custom-designed for Churchill, who almost singlehandedly blocked one of the 20th century's greatest evils from triumphing over all of Europe.
According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a pretty good grasp of what's going on in their jo
Senate Republicans are pushing bills to reduce the state corporate income tax rate from 5 percent this year to 3 percent in 2017, and restructure the manner in which corporate taxes are calculated. The intent behind the legislation is to make the state more business-friendly and better able to...
Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders.
Noted independent filmmaker Cynthia Hill will spend two days at East Carolina University to speak with students about her documentary on domestic violence and her PBS cooking series, "A Chef's Life."
Approximately 375 undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars are expected to present their research and creative work this week to fellow students, colleagues, faculty and the community at East Carolina University's Mendenhall Student Center.
After 1,313 days as students in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, members of the Class of 2015 found out March 20 where they will be training as resident physicians later this year.
East Carolina University has been named the No. 1 "Best Bang for the Buck" among colleges and universities in the Southeast in a new report that ranks universities on outcomes and the degree of opportunity afforded students.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any dumber than having that dude dress up like a duck during the recent US Senate race, the lads at NCGOP HruchoQ one-up themselves
For years, the news has been peppered with stories about politicians setting up study panels and commissions to deal with a certain issue.
It gets downplayed in the drive by media, but the public school are required to report annually to the legislature on the crime situation within the state's public schools each year.

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