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Daily dose: Even DENR doesn't like it edition

State regulators critical of environmental overhaul bill (WRAL-TV) -- As the Senate prepares to debate a massive overhaul of regulations, mostly environmental, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources sent a letter Tuesday opposing the measure.

DENR opposes bill that would overhaul NC environmental regulations (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican lawmakers have renewed their efforts to overhaul the state’s environmental regulations, proposing dozens of changes that one activist has decried as a bill to protect polluters.

Daily dose: The never-ending Session edition


NC lawmakers signal deal on funding to keep state government going (Raleigh News & Observer) -- General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement late Monday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget. The House approved a funding bandage that essentially continues the current year’s spending levels until Aug. 14 – ideally enough runway for the legislature to finalize and send the governor a new, two-year spending plan, which will not be ready by the new fiscal year starting Wednesday.

Daily dose: TA's push back edition


Opponents protest NC Senate plan to slash teacher assistant jobs (Charlotte Observer) -- Demonstrators holding signs that read “Largest Layoffs Ever” gathered Sunday in South End to rally against a state Senate budget plan that would take thousands of teacher assistants out North Carolina school classrooms.

Protesting teacher assistant cuts (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Local educators, parents and community members are hosting a rally at the Pitt County Courthouse today to speak out about a provision in the state Senate’s budget proposal that would cut approximately 8,500 teacher assistant positions.

Daily dose: Dumb and dumberer edition

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NC Senate budget proposes ending driver's ed. requirement (AP) — The fate of driver education in North Carolina looms uncertain as legislators ironing out the budget weigh whether to continue the program's funding, or possibly end the requirement for teenagers to take driving classes altogether.

Young motorists learn consequences of unsafe driving (Raleigh News & Observer) -- More than 60 young drivers, many of whom are in trouble due to motor-vehicle violations, received hands-on instruction Saturday at the StreetSafe Lifesaving Driving Experiences about the dangers of distracted driving.

Daily dose: The GOP's glaring whiteness edition


Nichol delivers fiery speech to Rowan Democrats (Salisbury Post) -- Speaking to a crowded room of Democrats, University of North Carolina Law Professor Gene Nichol on Thursday issued harsh criticisms of state government and the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The Republican caucuses in the General Assembly don’t include a single black member, Nichol said. Likewise, he said McCrory’s administration is majority white. “Some might say that’s impolite to mention — accurate but impolite,” Nichol said. “It’s apparently OK to govern as a white people party, but it’s just not OK to notice it.”

Daily dose: McCrory allergic to NC Policy Watch edition


Reporter for advocacy group barred from meeting (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The office of Gov. Pat McCrory prevented a writer for an advocacy group from attending a meeting Thursday of the N.C. Business Committee for Education, a nonprofit that is housed in the governor’s office. It is the second time in recent weeks that the administration prevented a reporter for N.C. Policy Watch from attending an event listed on the governor’s public schedule that was described as being for “credentialed” press only.

Daily dose: Redneck backlash edition

Senate Leader Won't Push Ban On Confederate Flag License Plates (WFAE-FM) -- The leader of the North Carolina Senate will not push legislation to remove the Confederate flag as an option on some state license plates, as Governor Pat McCrory has called for.

Confederate flag debate a way of life in Rocky Mount neighborhood (WRAL-TV) -- States and retailers have taken steps to remove the Confederate battle flag from landmarks and stores, but one Rocky Mount man is standing his ground. Edward Lee West has had the flags surround his Arrington Avenue home for years, but after the killings of nine people during Bible study inside a historic black Charleston, S.C. church last week, neighbors said West added more flags.

Daily dose: Null and void edition

NC House Democrats say marriage bill override is ‘null and void’ (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. House Democrats filed a formal complaint Tuesday arguing that the veto override of a bill exempting magistrates from marriage duties should be “null and void.”

House Democrats protest SB 2 veto override tactics (AP) — More than 40 Democrats in the N.C. House have signed a formal protest complaining how Republicans got legislation passed that exempts some court officials from performing gay marriage duties based on religious objections.

Daily dose: Tillis' racist cash version

White Supremacist Leader Donated To Thom Tillis (WFMY-TV) -- Campaign finance records showing Senator Thom Tillis received a $1,000 donation from Earl Holt of Texas, the president of a "white supremacist group" mentioned in the manifesto of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.

Daily dose: Training worker drones edition


Business Can Pay to Train Its Own Work Force (Chronicle of Higher Ed) -- This is how employment is supposed to work. Companies hire broadly educated workers, invest in appropriate training, and reap the profits of a specialized work force. Increasingly, however, employers have discovered a way to offload the nettlesome cost of worker training. The trick is to relabel it as education, then complain that your prospective employees aren’t getting the right kind. … Bemoaning the unpreparedness of undergraduates isn’t new. Today, however, those complaints are getting a more sympathetic hearing from the policy makers who govern public higher education. "We’ve got to adapt our education to what the marketplace needs," N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said this year at a conference on innovation. "People are ready to get the work. Let’s teach them these skills as quick as possible."


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