Voters will choose justices for North Carolina’s Supreme Court in November. But Gov. Pat McCrory has given some candidates in judicial elections a leg up on the competition by appointing them to fill unexpired terms on the state’s highest court. You’ll hear highlights from McCrory’s announcement of Mark Martin as the state’s new chief justice during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson will also analyze the governor’s judicial appointments.

Jon Sanders will share key facts from his latest research into hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas, and Algenon Cash of the N.C. Energy Forum will discuss how fracking and offshore energy exploration could boost the state’s economy.

Plus Raleigh attorney Gene Boyce discusses the end of his 14-year legal battle with N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper over a libel complaint.