Latest North Carolina News:
NC Medicaid expansion goes to House after big Senate votes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation that would expand North Carolina’s Medicaid rolls by hundreds of thousands of adults received final Senate approval and now goes to the House. The 44-1 vote on Thursday was similar to another lopsided margin on Wednesday in the chamber. The measure contains several other provisions that its authors say would improve health care access and control patient costs. House Speaker Tim Moore says the bill was too complex and time too limited during this session to consider. The votes symbolize a dramatic turn for Medicaid expansion in the Senate, where Republican chamber leader Phil Berger and lieutenants had once been among its most ardent opponents.
Medical pot proposal gets bipartisan support in NC Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Senate has formally backed a regulatory framework to legalize marijuana for medical use. The chamber voted Thursday for legislation that would allow people with one of more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions” to get their doctor’s prescription to receive cannabis or cannabis-infused products. Ten licensed entities could grow and process products that would be sold at dozens of dispensaries. Two-thirds of the Republicans in the chamber joined nearly all Democrats in giving tentative approval. One more Senate vote is needed next week before the bill goes to the House, where Speaker Tim Moore says the topic likely wouldn’t be discussed until 2023.
North Carolina Senate Democrats pitch $200 ‘gas tax rebate’
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democrats in the state Senate are pitching their proposal to give $200 tax rebates to North Carolina motorists dealing with high gas prices. Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue and other Democrats held a news conference Thursday to urge Republicans to consider their “gas tax rebate” legislation. The money would go to every person at least 18 years old with a valid North Carolina driver’s license. The money would come from the expected $4.2 billion in revenue overcollections this fiscal year. Republican leaders in the General Assembly also are looking at tax relief. They say they’ll consider rebates but prefer more permanent tax reductions.
NC bill seeks “forever chemical” standards, reimbursements
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina legislators want industrial companies responsible for drinking water that exceeds safety standards for so-called forever chemicals to pay for public water system improvements to address the problem. A House judiciary committee debated but did not vote Thursday on the legislation, which also would require state regulators to set maximum acceptable levels for some of these chemicals. The legislation would target The Chemours Co., which for years discharged a chemical called GenX from a Bladen County plant. The chemical went into the Cape Fear River, from which many southeastern North Carolina residents get drinking water. Local utilities are spending a lot on water treatment upgrades.
Democrats, Republicans fight to a redistricting stalemate
The once-a-decade congressional redistricting cycle is ending in a draw. That means Republicans will maintain a modest advantage in the battle for control of the House of Representatives in the coming decade. They can win a majority of House seats with just under a majority of the national vote. Democrats will normally need to win just above half of the national vote to have control. That’s almost the same partisan balance as in 2020. The effective stalemate is the result of a pitched battle between the parties to redraw legislative maps in their favor. But Republicans are poised to tilt the map further in their direction next year.
Police: Boy, 8, drove off in mom’s SUV with sibling in back
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an 8-year-old boy took off in his mother’s SUV and drove for miles with an infant sibling in the back seat. Gastonia police say the boy’s mother called 911 saying she gave the boy her keys and told him to start the car as they left a relative’s home Tuesday night. Instead, he drove off. Spokesman Rick Goodale said the boy drove nearly 2 miles to his home, then left again before being stopped a few blocks later. The 8-year-old isn’t facing charges, but Goodale said the police department has referred the matter to the Department of Social Services.
DRUG TAMPERING-NURSE SENTENCED
Ex-nurse sentenced for injecting opioids meant for patients
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A Virginia woman who worked as a nurse in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after investigators said she injected herself with opioids intended for surgical patients and replaced them with saline solution. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina said in a news release that Emilee Kathryn Poteat of Danville, Virginia pleaded guilty last December to tampering with a consumer product. She was sentenced on Wednesday. She’s already serving a three-year prison sentence for tampering with consumer products at a Danville, Virginia, hospital.
2 found dead inside North Carolina home serving as daycare
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – A woman and her nephew were found dead on Thursday in a North Carolina home which also served as a daycare, and police say they are investigating a double homicide. The Independent-Tribune of Kannapolis reports the Kannapolis Police Department said its officers responded to a home at around 8 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. Officers found Sharon Chambers and her nephew, Benny Sloan Jr., dead in the home. Police didn’t say how the two died. Police said the incident was domestic related and that no children were at the home at the time.