Pat McCrory

Alexia Gyorody / WFAE

The commission overseeing North Carolina’s clean-up of coal ash around the state has canceled its upcoming meeting, because of a court decision that has called the group’s legitimacy into question.


NC Office of State Budget and Management

Governor Pat McCrory released his budget plan, his proposal for how the state should spend money for the next two years. It distributes more than $45 billion from the state’s general fund, or more than $100 billion when including all the other fees, federal dollars, and various revenue streams the state uses to fund services. The final budget may look quite a bit different once state lawmakers are through, but this proposal is where the debate begins. 

Taxes

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory laid out his political priorities in the State of the State Address.  Michael Bitzer is a political scientist with Catawba College.  He joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for his take on the speech.


Gov. Pat McCrory
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Teacher pay, tax incentives, road construction, Medicaid. These were some of the priorities laid out by Governor Pat McCrory during his State of the State address.  WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports on the speech and reaction to it.


Gov. Pat McCrory
NC.gov

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory will give the annual State of the State address. This is, of course, an annual event. But this speech could have more influence on North Carolina politics than in years past.

Gov. Pat McCrory
NC.gov

A liberal advocacy group in North Carolina has filed a formal ethics complaint against Governor Pat McCrory. Progress NC is accusing the governor of failing to disclose financial ties to corporations. It’s the latest, and most formal, in a series of accusations from the group.


McCrory Clashes With Associated Press

Dec 18, 2014
Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory’s frosty relationship with the media got a little frostier this week. An Associated Press story on Tuesday accused McCrory of shady dealings with online mortgage company Tree.com. It alleges the governor received a payment while in office and took action that could benefit the company. McCrory’s office fired back against the story and the reporters.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the back-and-forth.


2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

Nov 5, 2014
Roy Cooper, Democratic candidate for governor
NCDP.org

Less than 12 hours after the 2014 elections ended in North Carolina, attacks have already begun for 2016’s marquee match-up.

11:24 p.m.: The Associated Press called the North Carolina Senate race at 11:24 p.m.

9:47 a.m.: The North Carolina Republican Party sends out an e-mail blast attacking state attorney general Roy Cooper.

It’s the first official shot in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Cooper is the presumptive Democratic nominee, expected to take on Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

Michael Tomsic

 A software company founded in Charlotte is expanding to create about 600 jobs. AvidXchange will also build a new headquarters at the Music Factory.

AvidXchange's first office was in an old fire station on the corner of Ninth and Brevard in uptown Charlotte. When Michael Praeger co-founded the company in 2000, he said that office consisted of five desks in what looked like a small, brick warehouse.

Update 1:10 PM

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says insurance fraud complaints in the state have reached a historic high, with more than 1,200 last year. Wilson’s office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud. The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defendants sought payment from a health insurance company claiming they each had all four limbs amputated. None of the defendants had lost their limbs and one was convicted and sent to prison for 18 months. The report notes that since 1995, almost 14,000 insurance fraud complaints have been received by the state Attorney General's office.

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