NC Supreme Court

Local News
9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Record Campaign Cash For Judges. But Are There Rules To Keep Justice Fair?

Campaign finance records show $1.3 million were spent on North Carolina’s sole Supreme Court primary this year.  It’s a dubious state record that raises concerns over the impartiality of justices relying on big dollar donations to keep their seats.

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Local And State Elections
12:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Closer Look At 'Child Molester' Attack Ad And Where Money Funding It Comes From

The North Carolina Bar Association has condemned an ad that attacks state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson in her re-election campaign. The 30-second spot claims Hudson “sided with child molesters” in a case that involved GPS tracking devices. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen looks at that ad and the group behind it.

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9:17 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches

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In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state  primary elections.  This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.  And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts. 

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Local News
7:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Majority Of Supreme Court Seats Up For Grabs. Are They Also Up For Sale?

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Later this year North Carolina voters will have a chance to do something rare – elect four of the seven justices on the State Supreme Court.  There will likely be record amounts of money poured into those races.  So much so that some are worried that justice may seem for sale.

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WFAE Talks
2:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

WFAE Talks: Coal Ash, 3rd-Grade Reading Law Problems, The NC Supreme Court And A New Reporter

The ash pond at Duke Energy's now closed Dan River power plant.
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This week's edition of WFAE Talks has a newby. He's Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock. Tom sat in for Ben Bradford, who was getting some sleep after a long and busy day of covering the Duke Energy coal ash spill on the Dan River. Tom, Lisa and Greg discuss the spill, the problems and  uncertainty over implementation of North Carolina's third-grade reading law, and high stakes in this year's state Supreme Court election.

WFAE Talks, recorded Thursday, Feb. 6.

Local News
4:11 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Supreme Court Dismisses Case Over Pre-K Restrictions

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The North Carolina Supreme Court Friday dismissed a case involving restrictions on the state’s pre-kindergarten programs. 

An attorney for five school districts who challenged the restrictions, Melanie Dubis, says the ruling was expected.

Attorney Melanie Dubis says she's not surprised by the state Supreme Court decision.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NC High Court Upholds Video Sweepstakes Ban

The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a law banning video sweepstake games offered in more than a thousand café-type establishments statewide. 

"Once it's ruled that it's not allowable in the state, then you'll see us start closing locations down," says Tony Whisnant, who operates four sweepstakes parlors, including on in Charlotte.

Whisnant says he's still looking through the ruling to see if there's a way to make his games legal.

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