Carolina Journal (page 5)

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    Understaffing, Inadequate Training, and Prisoner Mental Health Issues

    Horrific events inside North Carolina’s prison system have focused attention inside and outside government on addressing the system’s many needs related to staffing challenges, work environment, and prisoner mental health and addiction issues. Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports in the February cover story. An April altercation at Bertie Correctional…
    Donna Martinez, February 20, 2018
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    Breaking News: Pipeline Deal Made Between ACP, Other Parties With Cooper Sign-Off

    Breaking Thursday from Carolina Journal: The $57.8-million discretionary fund the Atlantic Coast Pipeline operators planned to pay to an escrow Gov. Roy Cooper would control was in fact negotiated between the pipeline’s operators and a series of private parties. It remains unclear whether Cooper’s involvement was legal. In his…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2018
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    Budget Basics: Prison costs

      North Carolina spends $30,000 to keep a person in prison for a year. This is 50 percent more than Georgia spends, according to the Vera Institute. This gap means Georgia could hold 46,145 prisoners in 2015 at a cost of $922 million while North Carolina spend $1.1 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, February 14, 2018
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    Voluntary contribution? You can’t do that!

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office did not answer a number of questions about the proposed $58 million escrow payment. The budget office’s response to General Assembly staff called the payment a “voluntary contribution” to the state. There is no precedent for this. In fact, I tried years ago…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2018
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    It’s a Slush Fund For The Cooper Administration, Folks. Details Here.

    It’s a slush fund, folks. Carolina Journal reports here on a $58 million fund outside of General Assembly authority that’s part of the Cooper administration’s deal to allow construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline through eastern North Carolina. On Friday, as the story broke, Carolina Journal’s reporting began: The…
    Donna Martinez, January 29, 2018
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    Shutdown Math

    Donna Martinez, January 24, 2018
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    The CSX Hub should offer a warning

    At the John Locke Foundation, we’ve been keeping an eye on the proposed CSX Intermodal Terminal planned for Rocky Mount for the past couple years.  Carolina Journal has been reporting on the story, too. In November, there were rumors that the project might be dead.  Now it’s sounding even…
    Julie Tisdale, January 19, 2018
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    Rick Henderson Recaps Key Pieces Of Hammocks Beach Property Rights Case

    Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, recaps key elements of the property-rights fight between the Hurst family and the state of North Carolina over land near the Hammocks Beach State Park. Henderson offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. WATCH the interview here, and…
    Donna Martinez, January 8, 2018