Citizens Invited to Share Thoughts on Next Step in Transportation Funding Law Implementation at Fayetteville meeting

ncdotDOTRALEIGH, N.C. – Citizens are encouraged to help North Carolina take the next step forward to implement the Strategic Transportation Investments law. STI overhauls the way the state funds transportation improvements, allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

Governor McCrory Signs the Energy Modernization Act of 2014

Governor Pat McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act of 2014 today at N.C. State University, clearing the way for energy exploration, high-tech jobs and new investment in North Carolina’s energy sector.

“We remain intensely focused on creating good jobs, particularly in our rural areas,” said Governor McCrory. “We have watched and waited as other states moved forward with energy exploration, and it is finally our turn. This legislation will spur economic development at all levels of our economy, not just the energy sector.”

According to a recent study by N.C. State’s Dr. Michael Walden, there are many benefits of on-shore energy development in North Carolina, including:

Opinion: The Senate Budget

SarahCurryby Sarah Curry

The Governor released his recommended $20.99 billion budget on the first day of session, and exactly two weeks later the Senate released their $21.16 billion budget.  Normally the budget process is a long and drawn out event that takes up most of the summer, yet these legislators seem to be keeping their promise of having a truly short session.

Tillis statement on Taliban prisoner swap deal

ThomTillisRALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis released the following statement today concerning the Obama administration’s deal to release five high-value Taliban leaders in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

“It is disturbing that President Obama ignored the significant concerns of the Pentagon and Justice Department and agreed to release five top Taliban terror leaders without consulting with Congress. This is a glaring reminder that the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Harry Reid and Kay Hagan, has consistently failed to be a check and balance over the Obama administration. These freed terrorists will now be able to rejoin terror networks and inflict more harm on innocent Americans. The American people deserve answers and accountability from the Obama administration for breaking longstanding policy against negotiating with terrorists. The President’s job is to defeat terror networks like the Taliban, not to legitimize or negotiate with them.”

NC Chamber opposes bill to repeal & replace Common Core

NC ChamberRALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce issued a press release Wednesday outlining its opposition to House Bill 1061, which would repeal & replace Common Core in North Carolina.

“Speaking on behalf of job creators, I can say with good authority that North Carolina’s current standards are, in fact, a positive step toward preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber.  “Ultimately the decision we are making is whether we want to grow our talent locally or hire it from out of state.  While North Carolina employers would prefer to hire locally, they are constantly offered the opportunity to take their jobs elsewhere and will likely do so if North Carolina chooses not to continue funding implementation of these higher academic standards.”

Congressman Meadows’ Statement on Palestinian Unity Government

Congressman Mark Meadows

Congressman Mark Meadows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows issued the following statement Tuesday:

“I find it gravely disturbing that the U.S. State Department has completely gone against federal law and its own word by choosing to embrace the newly-formed Unity government between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“When testifying in April before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Anne Patterson, assured me and others that ‘[The U.S.] would never support and will certainly not support a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.’

Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 19 in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street, Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

The comment period is June 2-23. Comments can be emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.orgor mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. For more information on Wildlife Commission temporary rulemaking, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

Governor Meets with North Carolina Medical Community for “White Coat Wednesday”

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, M.D. hosted members of the North Carolina medical provider community at the executive mansion this afternoon to make plans for the state’s $13 billion Medicaid system.

In March, Secretary Wos unveiled the administration’s proposed Medicaid redesign. The proposal was well received by the medical community, with the North Carolina Hospital Association, North Carolina Medical Society, N.C. Academy of Family Physicians and North Carolina Pediatric Society, among others, signaling their support.

State Archives of North Carolina’s Efforts are Foundation for Digitization of Early Newspapers for Easy Public Access

RALEIGH, N.C. — Since 1959, the State Archives of North Carolina has microfilmed newspapers from across the state as part of the North Carolina Newspaper Project. This initiative includes more than 1,000 titles published from 1751 until 1898 with the goal of preserving these papers for future researchers.

Two new projects, managed by the UNC-Chapel Hill Library, promise to make these materials accessible to the public in ways that might have seemed impossible during the 1950s.

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Pleads Guilty to Public Corruption Offense

PatrickCannonCHARLOTTE, NC—Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick D. Cannon pleaded guilty today to one count of honest services wire fraud, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, and John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division.

A federal criminal bill of information charging the former mayor and a filed plea agreement were unsealed on Monday, June 2, 2014. Cannon, 47, appeared in court today and formally pleaded guilty to the charge before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer.