Governor McCrory, Governors Throughout Nation Join Together to Urge President to Address Border Crisis

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — The recent influx of undocumented, unaccompanied minors crossing the southern United States border has compelled Governor Pat McCrory to join governors calling on President Barack Obama to address the crisis situation in a pragmatic and humanitarian way.

Governor McCrory, alongside Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and led by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to secure our country’s borders and to protect the safety of the children involved in the crisis.

Aug. 27 workshop offers advice for food businesses

NC AgricultureRALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring a free workshop, “The Business of Being in Business,” from 8:30 to noon on Aug. 27 at the McKimmon Center. The workshop will address trademarks, sales tax and business structure.

“Learning the ins and outs of running a business can be a daunting task,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If you plan on being successful in selling your product, then learning the difference between a corporation and a sole proprietorship, how to collect and pay sales tax, and registering a trademark are essential.”

Jones announces extension of public comment on Cape Lookout vehicle plan

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is pleased to announce that the public comment period has been extended for the National Park Service’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for its off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan at Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Congressman Jones and Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan penned a letter requesting the 45-day extension, citing the fact that Hurricane Arthur hindered the ability of many North Carolinians to submit their comments during the original 60-day period.

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Receives Donation from Apple Annie’s Bake Shop

BattleshipNCWILMINGTON, N.C. – Over the Fourth of July weekend, Apple Annie’s Bake Shop sold red, white and blue cupcakes to help raise funds for the Battleship restoration efforts.  Today, they announced that 212 cupcakes were sold and with private donations as well as a matching gift from Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, they presented the ship with a check in the amount of $515.
Rob Cooley, Owner of Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, “It is important for us to support the Battleship as a national landmark and preserve her history.  Apple Annie’s Bake Shop is proud to have been a member of the Wilmington community for 30 years. As we strive to provide great customer service we reflect on the honor and dedication that the sailors who served aboard the NORTH CAROLINA took in protecting our country and freedoms. To keep their stories alive, there was no question that we needed to help in raise restoration funds.”
“The Battleship is greatly honored by Apple Annie’s Bake Shop’s outreach and generosity, says Captain Terry Bragg, Executive Director for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.  “Their customers also made added donations as they remembered giving their nickels and dimes to bring the ship to Wilmington in 1961. It is humbling to know the support we continue to receive from the residents, and we are grateful to them.”
About Apple Annie’s Bake Shop
Apple Annie’s Bake Shop is a Wilmington, NC, based company that provides the highest quality baked goods and friendly customer service. A member of the Wilmington community for nearly 30 years, Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, has been your neighborhood bake shop with two locations, 837 S. Kerr Avenue and in 2013, relocated its second location to 1121-I Military Cutoff The Forum, next to the Bento Box.  For more information, please call 910-799-9023 or visit
About the Battleship North Carolina
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit or follow us on and for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (


Cooper takes aim at California loan modification scam

RoyCooperRALEIGH, N.C. — Schemes like that conducted by a California mortgage relief company that collected illegal upfront payments from North Carolina homeowners and failed to provide them meaningful help must be stopped, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday.

Cooper today filed a lawsuit against Home Remedy Center and its owner Pamela Gressier of California as part of a national sweep targeting the mortgage relief and loan modification industry. North Carolina is joining with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and 14 other states to take on scam operations that prey on struggling homeowners or those facing foreclosure.

NC Senate Passes Economic Development Bill

NCGARALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate on Wednesday tentatively passed bipartisan legislation to expand job recruitment and grant programs while giving local communities significantly more flexibility to invest in public education and other priorities.

Below is a statement from Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), co-chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee:

“Today the Senate took action to improve North Carolina’s potential for job growth – not only by increasing our state’s toolbox for recruiting and retaining businesses, but also by giving local communities far more flexibility to invest in public education.  Having a well-educated workforce is critical to attracting new jobs to our state.”

Opinion: We’ve Got You Covered

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by John Hood

As the North Carolina General Assembly continues to wind down its legislative work for 2014, my Carolina Journal colleagues are already turning their attention toward what promises to be a fascinating midterm election cycle.

The marquee race, obviously, is the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, with Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh currently polling in the high single digits. It is conceivable that North Carolina’s match-up will be the nation’s most-expensive Senate race and one of its most competitive.

House Passes Meadows’ Hezbollah Sanctions Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, H.R. 4411, introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), by a vote of 404-0.

The bill targets Hezbollah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, by sanctioning its foreign financial assets, while also going after its international narcotics trafficking rings, and its propaganda arm, al-Manar TV. H.R. 4411 also directs the Administration to designate Hezbollah as a transnational criminal organization and a drug Kingpin, giving U.S. law enforcement another tool to use when cracking down on Hezbollah’s terrorist activities.

Supreme Court Likely To Settle Obamacare Dispute

Dan Way Carolina Journalby Dan Way

RALEIGH — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday ruled 2-1 that the federal government cannot tax employers in order to provide health insurance subsidies in North Carolina and 35 other states that refused to establish Obamacare exchanges, potentially threatening the national health reform.

That same day, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond unanimously upheld the subsidies, rejecting similar arguments by plaintiffs in another case. Both lawsuits charged the IRS with rewriting the law in 2012 illegally.

Sealed Air Establishing New Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte

NCCommerceRALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sealed Air Corporation will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County.  The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017.

“North Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to attract corporate headquarters to the Charlotte region,” said Governor McCrory. “We welcome Sealed Air’s senior executive team, division and line managers and staff to the Queen City where they will find big city opportunity with a great quality of life.”