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State Budget Director Cites Teacher Pay In Planning

Posted: 01/10/2014 - The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is forming a budget proposal for the next fiscal year that could boost the salaries of teachers and state employees.

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House Passes Bill Targeting Health Care Law

Posted: 01/10/2014 - The House has passed a bill that would impose new security requirements on the Obama administration's implementation of the health care law.

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Christie Fires Aide, Apologizes For Traffic Jams

Updated: 01/09/2014 - Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016.

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Embattled DHHS Spokesman Diaz Resigning For DC Job

Posted: 01/08/2014 - The communications director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is resigning, five days after he provided reporters false information about a serious privacy breach involving Medicaid cards for 49,000 children that were mailed to the wrong addresses.

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Jobless Bill Clears Hurdle In Bipartisan Surprise

Posted: 01/07/2014 - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

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Senate Confirms Yellen To Chair Federal Reserve

Posted: 01/06/2014 - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

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State Supreme Court Next Stop For Redistricting Case

Posted: 01/06/2014 - Lawyers for lawmakers who helped draw North Carolina's congressional and General Assembly district maps and attorneys for those challenging the boundaries now go face-to-face with the state's highest court.

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Battle Over Birth Control

Posted: 01/06/2014 - The Supreme Court hears arguments on Affordable Care Act requirements forcing religious-affiliated organizations to provide their employees with insurance that includes birth control.

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NC, US Legislative Openings A Topic For Lawmakers

Posted: 01/05/2014 - Lawmakers come and go from North Carolina's General Assembly and congressional delegation. Now some elected leaders wonder whether it's time to change how to replace those who resign midterm or die in office.

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US Will Not Send Troops To Help Iraq Fight Al Qaeda: Kerry

Posted: 01/05/2014 - The United States will help Iraq fight an al Qaeda-linked group that seized the city of Fallujah in the west of the country, but will not send American troops, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

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Companies Seek Higher NC Homeowners Insurance

Updated: 01/03/2014 - The group representing companies that provide homeowners insurance in North Carolina is seeking an average increase of more than 25 percent.

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Clay Aiken Running For Congress?

Updated: 01/03/2014 - The Washington Blade cites unnamed sources as saying the Raleigh native is "actively considering" a bid for North Carolina's 2nd District.

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Two Newspapers Call For Clemency For Edward Snowden

Posted: 01/02/2014 - The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, saying that the espionage worker-turned-privacy advocate should be praised rather than punished for his disclosures.

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New Laws In New Year Alter Campaigns, Taxes

Posted: 12/31/2013 - Much of the tax overhaul law approved in the summer is implemented starting Wednesday. Income tax rates fall for individuals and corporations, while many deductions, exemptions and credits are going away.

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Ex-Rep. Etheridge To Lead Federal Farm Office In State

Posted: 12/30/2013 - Former congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is the new executive director of the North Carolina office of the federal agency that oversees some agricultural programs and keeps farmers abreast of other initiatives.

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Federal Health Market Surpasses 1 Million Signups

Posted: 12/29/2013 - The Obama administration says that following a December surge more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved website.

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