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Weekly Wrap: What have we missed over four months?

April 13th, 2018

— After an extended hiatus due to studio renovations, the Olympics and more studio renovations, TheWrap@NCCapitol returns this week, desperately trying to catch up before next month’s primary elections and the start of the 2018 legislative session.

So, let’s see, redistricting cases continue to slog through the courts, as do power struggle lawsuits between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders. No change there.

State regulators continue to fight with Chemours over releases of GenX from its Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River and the air, the latter of which is blamed for groundwater contamination near the plant. No change there either.

One new thing of note: Congress took Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to task over the company’s handling of user’s personal information after a data mining company, Cambridge Analytica, was able to scrape the info of up to 87 million users and produce targeted political ads off of it. Cambridge worked on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ 2014 campaign, and some of their workers were on the ground in North Carolina at that time.

To get a better handle on targeted ads, @NCCapitol has joined forces with ProPublica, which offers a browser plug-in that will allow the public interest investigative journalism organization to assemble a database of such advertising. No personal information will be collected through the effort.

@NCCapitol also is collecting campaign mailers – that’s old-school targeted advertising – to get an idea of spending on that front. Just snap a picture of both sides of the mailer with your name and house number blacked out and email it to tfain@wral.com.

Finally, just in time for the 2018 session, metal detectors are being installed at the Legislative Building, so make sure to scoot in front of those groups of rambunctious schoolchildren entering the building if you don’t want to wait in line for 10 minutes.

Article source: http://www.wral.com/weekly-wrap-what-have-we-missed-over-four-months-/17485027/

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