RALEIGH, N.C. – Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s wife, Alice is teaming up with First Lady Ann McCrory to support military families throughout the Christmas season. Operation Home Front is a registered 501c3 that supports the families of those soldiers who are deployed.
There is a small Family Readiness Group (FRG) in Fayetteville, NC that consists of fifteen families. All of these families will be celebrating Christmas without their husbands/fathers this year, as they are currently deployed and serving their country.
by Katherine Restrepo
Many are probably aware that Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas are the lone participants on North Carolina’s federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. While a total of 51 qualified health plans will be offered on the state’s federal marketplace, the number of available plans will vary across the state’s 16 different rating areas. Furthermore, because Blue Cross dominates the individual health insurance market, it will be offering plans in all of the state’s 100 counties. Coventry offers plans in just 39.
The map below shows the 39 counties, in green, where Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas will operate:
EDEN, N.C. — Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for his Guilford County Headquarters on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 as part of his election campaign for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District.
The event include a meet-and-greet with Berger from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and volunteer phone bank training from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The headquarters is located at 705-B W. Main Street in Jamestown.
by Becki Gray
The year 2013 has seen significant reforms in North Carolina — to our tax system, job-killing regulations, transportation and infrastructure priorities, and education. The result will be substantive and meaningful changes in North Carolina. We will be positioned to recover from the recession more quickly, encourage businesses to move and expand in the state, and create new and good-paying jobs.
Tax reform actually started in 2011, when a new Republican majority in the General Assembly allowed Democrats’ “temporary” one-cent sales tax hike to sunset, amounting to a $1.3 billion tax cut. They repealed the land transfer tax option, an additional tax on the sale of real property.
RALEIGH – Starting Jan. 4, new drinking water plumbing fixtures installed or repaired in drinking water systems or newly installed in homes must meet federal requirements for lower lead content.
Plumbing contractors and consumers should check for proper certification marks on the product or manufacturer’s documentation to be sure the materials meet the new requirements of the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, officials with the N.C. Division of Water Resources say. The new law, enacted in 2011, is an amendment to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
RALEIGH — Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC Dredge Alaska completed dredging operations Sunday night at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. Photos from the dredging operations can be found on NCDOT’s Flickr site.
“I want to sincerely thank all of the hardworking NCDOT crews and the dredge crews for pushing through the harsh elements to try to complete this repair work as soon as possible,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I also want to thank the residents of the Outer Banks for their patience during this process, and our outstanding NC Ferry employees for all of their efforts to keep the residents connected.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its second compilation of annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The report, NIBRS 2012, presents core tables about incident and offense data submitted by a third of the nation’s law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, as well as a new series of tables with agency-level data. The report also furnishes a series of tables about sex offenses and another new series of tables with data about arrestees.
by John Hood
North Carolina’s economy isn’t behaving the way it was supposed to.
According to liberal critics of Gov. Pat McCrory and the leadership of the General Assembly, the state should be losing its attraction as a place to do business. Our economy should be suffering from inadequate demand, thanks to state budget cuts. The passage of the marriage amendment and abortion legislation, and the refusal to assist the Obama administration in implementing its health care scheme, should be deterring out-of-state corporations from creating jobs in North Carolina or even associating themselves with the state.
RALEIGH – Knightdale Democrat Brian Mountcastle, 36, announced Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for North Carolina House of Representatives District 35. Mountcastle, a construction management consultant, will mount his first campaign for elected office. The Democratic nominee will challenge first-term Representative Chris Malone, a Republican
“We need a new leadership in Raleigh. The past few years have been devastating for our public schools, community colleges and university system. We need leadership in Raleigh who will focus on governing the state – not a radical conservative agenda,” said Mountcastle.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Bill Myers, a retired educator and renowned musician in Wilson, remembers when the North Carolina Arts Council started working on a project to document the contributions of African American musicians in the eastern part of the state.
“I was interviewed, and then I gave them a few more names, and then those people would recommend others for folklorists to talk to, and it just went on and on,” recalled Myers, a saxophone player who leads the long-running rhythm-and-blues band The Monitors and is a recipient of a 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award.