Congressman Meadows’ Statement on Ebola Response

Congressman Mark Meadows

Congressman Mark Meadows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on Friday regarding the potential Ebola crisis:

First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims of Ebola both domestically and abroad. To date, Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 4,400 people around the globe. The Obama Administration assured the American people that Ebola would not spread to the U.S., but due to a lack of preparedness and a breakdown of basic protocol, it did.  

Jones demands answers on troops fighting Ebola

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is demanding answers from the Pentagon on the purpose and scope of Operation United Assistance in West Africa, a mission President Obama has launched to send American military personnel into Ebola-stricken countries in order to contain the spread of the Ebola virus. The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in early 2014 and quickly spread to neighboring countries Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In the letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, Congressman Jones asks how many service members are currently in West Africa, what kind of pre-deployment training they went through, what the role of the United States Army Medical Research Institute is in this mission, and what plans are in place to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel in Ebola-stricken countries.

Tillis Campaign Statement On Kay Hagan’s “Flip-Flop” On Ebola Travel Ban

RALEIGH, N.C. – A press release from Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Thom Tillis’ campaign says that “less than 48 hours after Sen. Kay Hagan claimed Thom Tillis’ support for a travel ban from Ebola-inflicted nations was ‘not going to help solve this problem,’ she flip-flopped.” The release quotes Hagan as saying the following about the ban in a press conference on Oct. 15: “That’s not going to help solve this problem. That’s not going to contain the epidemic we see happening in Africa.”

According to the release Tillis originally called for a travel ban on October 2.

Hagan Statement on Response to the Ebola Crisis

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan issued the following statement about the ongoing Ebola crisis:

“I have said for weeks that travel restrictions should be one part of a broad strategy to prevent Ebola from spreading in the U.S. and fighting it in Africa. I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa. Although stopping the spread of this virus overseas will require a large, coordinated effort with the international community, a temporary travel ban is a prudent step the President can take to protect the American people, and I believe he should do so immediately.”

Federal and State Officials Request Assistance in Investigation of Gunshot Red Wolf

NC WildlifeThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead. The federally protected red wolf was found with an apparent gunshot wound on Sept. 30, 2014, east of Columbia, in Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Based on body condition and field sign, the actual date of death is estimated to be Sept. 26, 2014.

Department of Public Safety Hosts National Juvenile Justice Symposium This Week

Public SafetyRALEIGH, N.C. – More than 850 people involved in the field of juvenile justice services and programming from across the United States and from other countries are gathering in Greensboro this week for the 20th National Symposium on Juvenile Services, co-sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Safety and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.

The National Symposium on Juvenile Services brings together the leadership and direct care professionals from juvenile services and other human services professionals for training and the opportunity to share the innovative program service approaches being implemented within the juvenile justice system throughout the country. Pre-symposium workshops get underway on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, located at 3121 High Point Rd. in Greensboro. The symposium wraps up on Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon.

USDA Office Blocks Access To Hagan Grant Records

by Don Carrington

RALEIGH — After first agreeing to allow Carolina Journal to inspect the documents relating to a taxpayer-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture energy grant to a company owned by family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the USDA Rural Development office in Raleigh later said the matter was being handled in Washington — implying the USDA’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

Opinion: Funding Health Care in the N.C. Budget

SarahCurryby Sarah Curry

In honor of Healthcare Solutions Week, I wanted to share with you some information about North Carolina’s Health and Human Services budget.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is made up of 30 divisions and offices, which are categorized under four broad areas: health, human services, administration, and support. In addition, the department oversees 14 facilities, including developmental centers, psychiatric hospitals, and alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, among others.

Last year the General Assembly enacted a $5.1 billion General Fund budget for DHHS, but that isn’t the total cost of health services in North Carolina. Some health programs are funded through other means, the main source being the federal government.

Governor McCrory Congratulates North Carolina Universities on Grants to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory congratulated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina A&T University and Appalachian State University after they received the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award for the 2014-2015 school year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“I would like to congratulate these universities on being awarded this grant,” said Governor McCrory. “Innovation and cutting edge projects like these are the best of what North Carolina is about and will undoubtedly impact our environment and future in a positive way.”

Students at Appalachian State University in Boone are developing biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource- limited farmers.

Wildlife Commission: Basic Firearms Safety is a Must for Hunting

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:

  • Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
  • Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
  • Identify your target and what’s beyond it.
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