Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory's cabinet lost its second member in a little more than a week, as Health and Human Secretary Aldona Wos said she would step down on Aug. 14.
Both Wos and McCrory choked up in a news conference to announce her departure, a sharp contrast to the brief news release issued on July 28 when Transportation Secretary Tony Tata resigned. Rick Brajer, a former biotech executive, was named the new secretary of DHHS.
In the General Assembly, the House gave preliminary approval to a putting a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the November ballot. The money would go toward highway projects and infrastructure upgrades.
The Senate gave final approval to bills that would make posting "revenge porn" online a felony and would block the state from planning to implement new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
Senate leadership also offered an olive branch in the stalled budget negotiations by offering to remove Medicaid reform and economic incentives proposals from their spending plan if the House will relent on the overall size of the budget.