Health Care

N.C. Cancer Hospital renamed for Basnight

The occasion for Monday’s gathering of top current and former elected officials was the renaming of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital at UNC Health in Chapel Hill to honor the late Senate leader Marc Basnight.

Berger pans hospitals' proposal

Negotiations over Medicaid expansion and related regulatory challenges aren’t close to finished just yet.

The latest on Medicaid expansion talks

Senate leader Phil Berger on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the N.C. Healthcare Association’s proposed compromise on Certificate of Need regulations.

Budget & Taxes

Democrats call for legislative action on student loans, teacher shortage

Should lawmakers go ahead and finalize congressional and legislative districts for the 2024 elections? That’s the suggestion that Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, made during a news conference Wednesday.

Perusse to retire as state budget director

State Budget Director Charlie Perusse will retire in November after serving Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration since he took office. Cooper announced Monday that Perusse will be succeeded by his chief deputy state budget director, Kristin Walker.

Staying in NC means $15 million for ACC

State legislators will likely take at least part of the credit for keeping the ACC from moving its headquarters to Orlando.

Education

School panic alarms coming soon

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is making progress on a school panic alarm program after a series of delays.

Esports taking off at UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro is rapidly becoming a hub for esports since opening its new esports arena back in April, attracting around 260 students a day to the high-tech facility.

McCrory blasts Stith ouster at community colleges

After a bruising Senate primary defeat, former Gov. Pat McCrory has been spending the summer swimming in the cool waters of Lake James. He recently took a break from the lake to talk about economic development, higher education and the state of politics with my Business North Carolina colleague David Mildenberg on our Chatter with BNC podcast.

Elections

Campaign Spotlight: House District 62

House District 62 is one of the most competitive legislative districts in Guilford County, but it’s one where the incumbent Republican has weathered challenging campaigns before.

Follow The Money: Outside spending

Outside ad spending continues to pour into North Carolina, much of it coming from Republican-aligned groups backing U.S. Rep. Ted Budd for Senate and Bo Hines in the state’s most competitive congressional race.

Robinson's media blitz

WRAL reporter Bryan Anderson published a fascinating, highly detailed profile of Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson over the weekend.