Department of Environment and Natural Resources
After learning earlier this year that his top leaders would lose job protections that would normally prevent political hiring and firing, the director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences moved quickly to ensure the action wouldn't affect the institution's ongoing accreditation process.
Gov. Pat McCrory has selected hundreds of additional state employees who will soon lose their civil service protections, bringing his roster of at-will workers to about 1,300.
State water chief Tom Reeder defended his decision to return $580,000 in federal grants before the state mining commission Friday.
A reorganization inside the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will mean job losses in one of the agency's largest permitting divisions.
The state will be able to carry out monitoring on its own without a $222,595 grant from the federal government. The state also declined money to help with tracking the condition of wetlands in eastern North Carolina.