Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyMore >>
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:43:52 GMT
Monday marks one month since a popular Newton teacher was found dead inside her apartment and investigators were back out at her apartment over the weekend for several hours. According to neighbors, policeMore >>
Neighbors say they saw several officers going in and out of a unit at the complex for several hours. The unit is in a different building from Maggie Daniels' apartment.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:11:51 GMT
A homicide investigation is underway in Anson County after someone was found dead early Monday morning. WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52. ThisMore >>
WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag. More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – While most lawmakers have left Raleigh since the General Assembly adjourned its session, there are others who have a full-time job in state politics. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is getting out of the Capitol City more now that the Senate's work ended, but he's still working. The first-term Republican has started a series of town hall meetings, hoping to learn from voters across the state what they need from their elected officials.
"For us to go out and meet with these folks, even if they oppose what we're doing, that's part of the dialogue," Forest said in an interview with WECT's Jon Evans. "We're going to talk a little bit, and listen a lot. Hopefully we will learn, like we did on the campaign trail, what makes people tick in all areas of the state. There are only a couple positions in state government that are in a position to do this."
Forest wrapped up his first session as the President of the state Senate, the role he serves in the Legislative branch of state government. He's the traffic cop of sorts, like a referee, making sure the debates are fair and the procedures are followed. One thing Forest cannot do is voice an opinion, since he does not have a vote on the bills brought up by lawmakers.
"Anybody in that chamber will want their voice to be heard, so while the debate is going on you always have your debate planned in your mind of what you would like to say. But, after the first few weeks you get used to it," he added.
Forest does have an opinion on several of the more controversial issues the General Assembly tackled during the recent session. He supports the tax reform plan recently signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, along with McCrory's decision to block Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.
The Lieutenant Governor's role in the Executive Branch includes serving on several boards and committees, including the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges. The Legislature added a few more responsibilities, creating an Energy Policy Council during the 2013 session and making the Lieutenant Governor serve as Chairman. "We have a lot of issues pertaining to energy and setting policy in North Carolina that have not been dealt with in a long time," Forest said. "We've never really had a policy initiative for energy in our state. This gives us a chance to look at all viable forms of energy and see how they all come together, to put together a short and long-term plan to make sure we're doing the right things to get people back to work in North Carolina through energy, and also taking care of our future.
Forest ruffled a few feathers recently, when he sent a letter to State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, requesting answers to 67 questions about Common Core State Standards, which were adopted in 2010 and now in place in nearly all 50 states. Forest said the reason for the letter is to get a better understanding of the standards. One concern is a lack of information on what it will cost to implement. "Standards are good," he said. "We just need to make sure they are the best standards for our state, and there is some debate out there as to whether the common core state standards are the best standards. It's never been vetted. It's never been tested. We don't have an idea of how we are going to do the assessment. We don't even know how we are going to pay for them right now."
Monday, July 28 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:24:06 GMT
North Carolina Senate leaders say they hope to have a final budget to vote on this week. Senate Leader Phil Berger said Monday both chambers are working together to finalize the budget and says he hopesMore >>
Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says he expects members of the General Assembly to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the week. Committee members reached agreement this weekend on teacher pay raises, teaching assistant positions and funding Medicaid, which have been the three major sticking points in negotiations.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:47:36 GMT
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor. The House approved a compromise version of the bill on a 62-36 vote Friday following a unanimousMore >>
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:15:35 GMT
The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would createMore >>
State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:32:17 GMT
A new poll of North Carolina's highly-watched Senate race shows incumbent Kay Hagan's lead widening over Thom Tillis with less than four months left before Election Day. Public Policy Polling surveyedMore >>
Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story.More >>
Thursday, July 17 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:27:48 GMT
Republican David Rouzer has a cash advantage over the two other candidates running to replace Mike McIntyre as the Representative for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. Rouzer, Democrat JonathanMore >>
Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina. More >>
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