RALEIGH, N.C. – Reps. Ruth Samuelson (R – Mecklenburg), Mike Hager (R – Rutherford) and Chuck McGrady (R – Henderson) released the following statement Wednesday in response to Governor McCrory’s coal ash action plan:
“We look forward to studying Governor McCrory’s coal ash disposal plan. It appears to compliment the work the legislature has been doing to ensure that we have both short-term fixes as well as long-term solutions to eliminate the threat of coal ash to North Carolina’s waterways.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan Wednesday that would address coal ash ponds and strengthen environmental and health regulations. The initiative would result in the conversion or closure of all the state’s coal ash ponds, close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds, eliminate special exemptions for utilities and increase regulatory authority to ensure dam safety and protect water quality.
by Lt. Governor Dan Forest
North Carolina should have the highest education standards in the world, but we can do better than Common Core. Four years after Common Core was adopted by the State Board of Education, many students, parents and educators are getting their first glimpse of the implications of the new standards in the classroom. Yet after months of questions about the challenges of the standards from parents and educators, few answers have been revealed. Here is why we can do better than Common Core:
RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on April 22 at its headquarters in Raleigh to accept public comments on a proposed temporary rule change authorizing the Commission to establish still hunting zones on game lands.
Under the proposed rule, the use of dogs for taking deer and bear will be prohibited on portions of game land posted as “Still Hunting Zone.” This new game land designation will provide an additional mechanism for addressing trespass and safety concerns of adjacent private landowners.
Text of the proposed temporary rule may be viewed on the Office of Administrative Hearings website at http://www.ncoah.com/rules/.
by John Hood
Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend energetically their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.
Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school choice because some national organization told them to. They won’t even be defending school choice because it enrages their political adversaries, though perhaps that’s a side benefit.
DURHAM, N.C. — U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today presented 11 medals and awards, including the Bronze Star, to Wanda Moore, the widow of Army Corporal Donald “Buddy” Moore, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After being contacted by Corporal Moore’s family, Senator Hagan’s office worked to secure the 11 medals and awards and ensure Corporal Moore’s contributions to our country were properly honored.
The antique farm equipment display at the Got to Be NC Festival will feature about 1,000 machines.
RALEIGH — Festival organizers are still accepting applications from farm-equipment enthusiasts and tractor clubs for the farm display at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 16-18, at the State Fairgrounds.
Tractors in working order also can participate in the daily tractor parade on the fairgrounds. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available online at www.gottobencfestival.com.