Raleigh, N.C. — It's not coal in the stocking, but environmentalists aren't happy with new federal rules on the disposal of coal ash, which by and large, are less restrictive than the legislation state lawmakers passed in August.
Lawmakers said they don't plan to scale back the Coal Ash Management Act in light of the rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
While Gov. Pat McCrory has bristled as media coverage of his handling of the coal ash issue, he went ballistic over an Associated Press report about a stock payout he received from the parent company of Lending Tree shortly after he took office. His communications staff issued several rebuttals to the story, and the governor said in an interview with WRAL News that the AP reporter acted with malice.
A more humorous media interaction occurred when political pundits Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, brothers who are on opposite sides of the political aisle, were on a C-SPAN call-in show and took a call from "Joy from Raleigh," who happens to be their mother. After criticizing their continual bickering, she told them she loves them and hopes the family can have a peaceful Christmas.
In other news, a state advisory board recommended approval of two companies seeking to open online charter schools in North Carolina. The panel didn't really have a choice, however, given that the General Assembly mandated two virtual charters be operating in the 2015-16 school year and only two applications were filed for those two slots.