Governor McCrory Launches Major Workforce Development Initiative

PatMcCrory1SANFORD, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing “NCWorks,” a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

“While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work,” said Governor McCrory. “As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient. Today we are officially launching NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people.”

Three Arrested in Cabarrus County for Alleged Unlicensed Insurance Sales

NCDOIRALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of three people in Cabarrus County for allegedly selling auto insurance without being licensed by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Marc Stacy Glover, 46, of 26431 Valley Drive, Albemarle, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and acting as an insurance agent without a license. Glover was arrested on April 10 and released under a written promise to appear in court on April 15.

Top Honors Given Out in NCDOT’s Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

ncdotRALEIGH, N.C. — A Mill Springs middle school bridge design team and a Wake Forest high school team took home first place in Friday’s final round of the 15th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition. In addition to the gold medal bragging rights, Polk County Middle School and The Franklin Academy High School were also given a $500 award to take back to their schools.

Contestants were judged on oral presentations, written reports and design drawings, as well as the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge.

Highway Patrol announces Operation Slow Down 2014

NC HIGHWAY PATROLRALEIGH, N.C. – The Highway Patrol announced today that it is kicking off its annual Operation Slow Down 2014 campaign to catch excessive speeders on North Carolina’s highways.  Operation Slow Down, which began on Monday, April 14 and ends on Sunday, April 20, was created in an effort to reduce traffic collisions across the state.  The campaign will be conducted in combination with GHSP’s No Need to Speed campaign.

Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and across the country. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 815 fatal collisions on North Carolina highways statewide. Of those, 208 deaths were contributed to speed.  In 2012, 242 deaths were reported.

Whiteville Farmer Sentenced for Mail Fraud and Grain Theft Scheme

NEW BERN, N.C. – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker recently announced that Thursday, April 10 in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JOHN PAUL SMITH, aged 48, of Whiteville, North Carolina to 24 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

SMITH was sentenced after pleading guilty to committing mail fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud Murphy Brown, LLC, which is the Warsaw, North Carolina, based pork production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.

Jones Works to Stop Closure of Military Fast Food Outlets

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is calling for the Obama administration to exempt restaurants and other services provided to military personnel through exchanges and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs from recent changes to wage rates for federal contractors.  In February, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress to sign an executive order that raised the minimum wage for federal contractors – including food service workers at military installations – causing many restaurants to determine that it is cost prohibitive to continue serving military personnel on base.  This will result in fewer dining options for service members as well as a loss of jobs, many of which are filled by veterans and family members of military personnel.

N.C. Plant Conservation Board to meet April 16 in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Plant Conservation Scientific Committee will meet Wednesday, April 16 to discuss the Plant Conservation Program’s access policy and property acquisition matters.

The meeting runs from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. it the second floor conference room of the Old Health Building, located at 216 W. Jones Street in Raleigh.

The N.C. Plant Conservation Program develops regulations, voluntary programs and cooperative partnerships to help protect imperiled species and their habitats. Responsibilities include the listing of North Carolina’s endangered and threatened plant species and the development of conservation programs designed to permanently protect them. Acquisition and management of important plant sites and habitats are among many methods used to boost and preserve native plants and their ecosystems.

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Kelvin Melton in Kidnapping Case

RALEIGH—United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today Kelvin Melton, a/k/a Dizzy, a/k/a Old Man, was charged with conspiring to kidnap Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1201(a).

According to the investigation, Melton and others engaged in a conspiracy to seize, kidnap, and abduct Frank Janssen from Wake Forest, North Carolina, and transport him to Atlanta, Georgia. Melton used a cell phone that he illegally possessed while serving a life sentence in the Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina, to transmit instructions and threats to Mr. Janssen’s wife and to co-conspirators in the plot. Specifically, Melton gave instructions on how to kill Mr. Janssen and dispose of his body. If convicted of this charge, Melton faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

Legislative Update from U.S. Senator Richard Burr

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) distributed the following legislative update to his email list on Friday:

This week, I joined Chuck Todd on The Daily Rundown to discuss the obstacles facing our nation’s veterans.

To watch, click the video below:

Last evening, Senator Alexander and I took to the floor to warn that the unionization of college athletes, as permitted by a recent National Labor Relations Board regional decision, would destroy college sports and harm the entire American system of higher education.

Berger, Tillis: Trial Court Ruling Hurts Low-Income Families, Creates Uncertainty for Private University, Pre-K Funding

NCGARALEIGH, N.C. — Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) announced Friday they intend to ask the state Supreme Court to stay a lower court’s order that blocks opportunity scholarships designed to give underprivileged students opportunities for better educational outcomes. The legislative leaders also said they are considering formally intervening in the lawsuit, after Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to appeal the ruling late last month.

Berger and Tillis have serious concerns that a Superior Court judge’s basis for denying opportunity scholarships could also have the unintended consequence of endangering hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for a host of other programs – including private university scholarships, Pre-K, Smart Start, aid to disabled and deaf children and Teach for America.