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These are previously posted news and other developments about important public policy issues.

Emerging Issues Forum tackles N.C. health care

Feb. 10, 2005 - Former Gov. Jim Hunt spearheaded an Institute for Emerging Issues health policy forum where policy makers, academics and CEOs gathered to discuss what is needed to make healthcare in North Carolina work. The forum featured panel discussions on a variety of healthcare issues, as well as keynote addresses by former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.

North Carolina fails the grade on smoking control

The American Lung Association gives North Carolina an "F" on three out of four measures related to reducing tobacco usage. On the fourth measure, it made a "D."

Quotas' End Vexes N.C. Textile Execs

Textiles and apparel once formed a solid base of employment for North Carolina, but more than 60 percent of those jobs have been eliminated in the last decade alone. New Year's Day brought an end to most of the remaining quotas and tariffs protecting the domestic market. As a result, many industry observers foresee further job losses.

Study Pegs N.C. Water Needs at $15 Billion

North Carolina communities need $15 billion over the next 20 years to meet the surging demand for water, sewer, and stormwater services, according to a new study from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

A Call to Action on Health

The United Health Foundation has released its 2004 report tracking the nation's health, state by state. Alas, North Carolina dropped from 36th overall in 2003 to 41st in 2004. Among the challenges cited: Only 1.2 percent of the state budget is allocated to public health.

2004 School Report Cards

The 2004 North Carolina School Report Cards were issued November 16. The report cards provide information on school facilities, school finance, teacher quality, yearly progress, and more.

Do They Know What They're Getting Into?

As the November election neared, D.J. Martin suggested that campaign rhetoric gave little evidence that candidates for public offices understood the challenges facing North Carolina.

North Carolina Minorities Trail Whites on Broad Range of Indicators, Center Says

A study by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research examines racial disparities across a broad range of indicators and finds North Carolina minorities trail whites in education, economic well-being, housing, voter participation, Internet access, health, and criminal justice.

Policy Research Center Says North Carolina Must Improve Voter Participation and Accuracy

In advance of the 2004 election, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research calls for reforms aimed at boosting North Carolina's voter turnout and making sure state elections officials can produce an accurate count once ballots are cast.

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