Articles by Gary D. Robertson

North Carolina Storm Recovery Chief Accedes Frustrations Over Hurricane Matthew Recovery

North Carolina’s emergency management chief acknowledged a laborious process for homeowners seeking federal funds for repairs due to Hurricane Matthew and is looking for improvements looking to the next storm. While more than $630 million in federal and state funds …

North Carolina High Court Rejects Dram Shop Claim Against Hotel in Woman’s Death

The estate of a woman who died after a night of heavy drinking while celebrating with her husband at a hotel restaurant cannot successfully sue the owners because her actions contributed to her death, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled. …

North Carolina High Court Rejects Dram Shop Claim Against Hotel in Woman’s Death

The estate of a woman who died after a night of heavy drinking while celebrating with her husband at a hotel restaurant cannot successfully sue the owners because her actions contributed to her death, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled …

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve $200M for Matthew, Fire Relief

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a $201 million hurricane and wildfire relief package sought by Gov. Pat McCrory in a special session he called. The Senate and House unanimously approved the final aid proposal, which emphasizes rental housing for …

North Carolina Gov Seeking $1B in Federal Aid for Matthew Recovery

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants Congress to approve a little more than $1 billion in federal aid to help North Carolina with repairs and recovery after Hurricane Matthew’s record flooding last month. On Monday, McCrory released his requests for …

North Carolina Gov Wants Special Session on Hurricane Matthew Relief

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he expects to call lawmakers to a special session next month on Hurricane Matthew relief for eastern North Carolina, looking to Congress for supplemental aid first and developing policy based on recommendations from …

North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Law

North Carolina’s cyberbullying law, designed to protect children from harassing online posts, violates free speech rights and is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled June 10. The opinion strikes down the 2009 law that made posting on the Internet information …

U.S. Justice Dept. to North Carolina: LGBT Law Violates Federal Civil Rights Act

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds …

North Carolina Gov Pushes for Changes to Controversial Discrimination Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he wants to change a new state law that prevents people from suing over discrimination in state court, but he’s not challenging a measure regarding bathroom access for transgender people. His announcement comes …

North Carolina Lawmakers Try to Expand Number of Erosion-Controlling Structures

Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of certain erosion-controlling structures allowed by law along the North Carolina coast. This time, they’re trying to do it through the state budget. Republican budget negotiators confirmed Wednesday they’ve recommended …