Governor Pat McCrory says he will veto a Senate bill to redistribute more sales dollars to rural North Carolina counties, a promise which prompted a bitter response from the bill's Republican sponsor.

McCrory released a statement Tuesday saying he would veto the bill, which has not yet passed a committee vote. The statement says that instead of sales taxes, the Senate should be focused on the governor's plan to borrow money to fund infrastructure and road development across the state.

Warren Wilson College has joined a growing number of colleges and universities that now allow students to choose whether or  not to submit their S.A.T OR A.C.T exam scores as part of their application for admission.  According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing more than 800 accredited schools offering bachelor’s degrees, including more than one-third of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges, have test-optional policies.

The Regulatory Reform Act started out as a one-page bill that dealt with moving gravel on trucks. When it re-appeared, it was a massive 50-plus page reform bill. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources objected to many of the provisions, and negotiated several changes. Environmental advocates say they didn’t go far enough.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a fabulous weekend in Western North Carolina.  The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands  is underway at the U.S.

A court decision on the future of the Asheville Water System is expected soon.  The city is challenging a state imposed plan to transfer control of its water system to a regional authority.  In the meantime, a Western North Carolina county is considering a voluntary transfer of control of its water system to a South Carolina Water District.  David Hurand spoke with reporter Jon Elliston with the on-line investigative news service Carolina Public Press about the future of the Polk County Water System.

The North Carolina legislature will have the ultimate say over public "objects of remembrance," including Confederate memorials, under a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday evening that he signed a controversial historical monuments bill that had passed the House earlier in the week. The bill's opponents, mainly Democrats, argued it would protect an unknown number of Confederate memorials in the state.

Freshman Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina missed a hearing last week with senior Pentagon leaders on the threat of Islamic State militants. Instead, he got insights on the group from former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Tillis was absent from the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, where Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff responded to tough questioning. Tillis' office confirmed Wednesday the senator was meeting with Cheney at the time but said that Cheney is one of the country's top experts on national security matters.

The project will include more than 100 wind turbines spread out over 34 square miles in Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties. It is the first of its kind in North Carolina, and the first in the southeastern United States. Amazon Web Services has already agreed to purchase all of the power generated by the wind farm.

The South to Get its First Big Wind Farm

Jul 13, 2015

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes. It would be the first large wind farm in a region that has been a dead zone for wind power.

Representatives from North Carolina's rural and urban areas are divided in a debate that's extended past party lines over a proposal to give poor rural counties a larger share of sales tax revenue.

A piece of the Senate budget released last month would send less tax revenue to counties from where the sales occurred, and distribute it to counties more on a per-capita basis. The shift would occur over five years.