One of the items highlighted in Carolina Journal‘s report on a year-end interview session with Gov. Beverly Perdue involved the state’s ongoing fight with Alcoa over hydroelectric dams the company owns along the Yadkin River. The Yadkin Riverkeeper blog promoted CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson‘s article. The Health Care Finance News website noted contributor Kristy Bailey‘s report on the squabble between WakeMed and UNC Health Care. The Lincoln Tribune published three CJ exclusives this week. Contributor Karen McMahan explained that the new General Assembly has an opportunity to reorganize legislative staff. Editorial intern Amanda Vuke examined the state community college system’s response to tight budget times. Contributor Karen Welsh profiled a unique public charter school that focuses on Greek instruction. The Protect North Carolina Elections blog produced a final report on the state’s use this year of instant runoff voting for an appellate court race; the report cited Associate Editor Sara Burrows‘ analysis of the IRV program. The Richmond County Daily Journal published N.C. Education Alliance Fellow Kristen Blair‘s recent column discussing California’s “parent trigger.”