by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Legislation introduced in this session of the General Assembly seeks to reduce restrictions created by certificate of need laws, which critics say reduce access to health care and increase costs. Bills in the General Assembly have been filed with the intention of doing everything from making minor changes…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday, April 16, issued an order approving a partial rate increase for Duke Energy Progress and a settlement addressing coal ash cleanup costs. The amount of the increase will be less than the 12.3% rate hike the private power provider requested, but the…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee says the state should set aside $100 million a year to help the state pension systems remain solvent. A draft released Wednesday, Feb. 24, of the committee’s 2021 debt affordability study also calls for North Carolina to maintain its 4% borrowing cap.…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina News Journal Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide. Jon Sanders, research editor and senior fellow, Regulatory Studies, at the John Locke Foundation, told the Taxpayers Protection Alliance he’s optimistic…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process. The auditor’s office says HHS didn’t properly ensure that only qualified providers were approved to…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads. Last week, Cooper held a news conference in which he called for boosted spending on educators…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — State lawmakers are trying again to eliminate the use of hand-held cellphones by operators of motor vehicles. A bipartisan group of legislators recently introduced Senate Bill 20, “Hands Free NC,” in hopes it will go into effect July 1 if passed by the legislature and signed into…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolinians can now view results from an ongoing survey designed to show gaps in coverage in the state, which so far indicates a lack of access to broadband. The North Carolina Broadband Survey is gauging the availability of wireline and wireless internet, as well as speeds, across…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — While an annual report from a financial watchdog shows most U.S. cities are poorly prepared to face the fiscal fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the three North Carolina cities examined showed stronger numbers. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting released its annual Financial State of the Cities study on Tuesday, Jan. 26,…

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By Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein wants lawmakers to use millions won from a settlement with Dish Network to expand internet access for students, but legislative leaders are so far noncommittal on the proposal. In December, a federal appeals court agreed with a trial court’s judgment that held…

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