Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

North Carolina Supreme Court Weighing At-Will Firing Practices of State Sheriffs

A trio of lawsuits is challenging the long-standing ability of North Carolina sheriffs to fire their deputies at will – a practice critics say allows some to maintain personal political fiefdoms where paychecks and patronage are connected. North Carolina’s Supreme …

Judge Claims Regulators Not Enforcing Duke Coal Ash Clean-Up in North Carolina

North Carolina’s environmental watchdog agency has not been trying very hard to force Duke Energy to clean up toxic groundwater pollution near a coal-burning power plant where neighbors can’t drink their well water, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge …

North Carolina Judge OKs Duke Energy’s Coal-Ash Clean-up Plan

A judge on Monday rejected a bid by North Carolina’s environment agency to block Duke Energy from removing toxic coal ash from more plants than required under a new state law. Duke Energy has asked to add three power plants …

Blue Cross Seeks 34% Rate Hike in North Carolina for ACA Plans

North Carolina’s largest health insurer says higher-than-anticipated costs after two years of selling federally subsidized coverage has forced it to seek premium increases even greater than it thought would be necessary two months ago. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of …

North Carolina High Court Rules Duke Energy Has ‘Years’ to Cleanup Coal Ash

North Carolina’s highest court ruled June 11 that Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law. The state Supreme Court overruled a lower court judge’s decision that the country’s largest …

North Carolina Legislators Look at Regulating Virtual Currencies

Legislators in America’s second-largest banking center are considering regulations for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. North Carolina’s banking commissioner is seeking legislative authority to require that companies circulating digital IOUs meet consumer protection, anti-money laundering and other standards. Legislation passed …

Duke Energy Settles CEO Lawsuit for Nearly $150M

America’s largest electric company will pay nearly $150 million to settle claims that shareholders lost millions when it ousted its CEO in a surprise move after a long-anticipated buyout. Duke Energy said last week its insurers and shareholders would pay …

Amtrak Crash in North Carolina Leaves at Least 55 Injured

An Amtrak train in North Carolina slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn Monday. One of the train’s cars toppled and the conductor and at least 54 others were …

North Carolina Home Insurers to Appeal Rate Denial

Insurance companies aren’t giving up on their quest to raise premiumson North Carolina homeowners by an average of 25 percent, according to an industry spokesman. The group representing nearly 100 companies selling homeowners policies in North Carolina is appealing its …

North Carolina Denies Homeowners Insurance Rate Hike

North Carolina insurance companies that wanted to raise the cost of homeowners coverage by an average of roughly 25 percent were told Friday the state’s regulator is instead approving a zero overall change. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said that after …