Crack in earthen dam at Cape Fear power plant fixed, state reports

DENRRALEIGH – A crack in an earthen dam at the Cape Fear Steam Electric Station in Chatham County has been repaired by Duke Energy crews, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources reports.

Duke Energy reported to state officials March 20 that a crack had formed in an earthen dam at an ash impoundment at the utility’s Cape Fear plant. No water leaked from the ash impoundment through the crack, and state officials did not think it was in imminent danger of failing.

St. Patrick’s “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Results in 815 DWI Arrests

RALEIGH, N.C. — Luck ran out for more than 800 drivers in North Carolina who were arrested for driving under the influence during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Law enforcement stepped up patrols and held checkpoints across the state from March 14 through March 17 as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

“The only lucky charm guaranteed to work this St. Patrick’s Day was a designated driver,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, those who drove drunk got caught. The officers will continue their efforts day and night until drivers no longer get behind the wheel after drinking.”

Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Rusty Crayfish

NC WildlifeMARION, N.C. — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking anglers to help stop the spread of the rusty crayfish — a destructive, non-native crayfish that has invaded the upper Catawba River in western North Carolina.

The rusty crayfish, which measures about 5 inches long, is native to the Ohio River watershed but can now be found in Canada and 17 other states, including North Carolina.

Anglers can identify the rusty crayfish from other native crayfish by a rust-colored spot on its sides, just in front of the tail. They also have black bands on the tips of their claws.

Governor McCrory announces appointments

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

North Carolina Awards Commission

  • William Noble (Nash County) - Noble is a principal with The Trust Company of the South. He has been an active member of the First Tee of the Triangle Foundation, the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina and many other organizations. He will serve as chair.
  • Larry Cobb (Orange County) - Cobb is special counsel for Nexsen Pruet PLLC. He is a former member of both the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives.

Cooper: Phusion to stop promoting unsafe drinking of ‘alcopops’

RALEIGH, N.C. — The maker of flavored alcoholic beverage Four Loko will no longer promote dangerous drinking habits, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

“These super-sized, fruit flavored alcoholic beverages encourage binge drinking among young people,” Cooper said.  “Just one of these binge-in-a-can drinks can make people quickly and dangerously drunk.”

Cooper, with 19 other attorneys general, reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC resolving allegations that the company marketed and sold beverages that violated consumer protection and trade practices statutes.

As part of the settlement, Phusion will not manufacture caffeinated alcoholic drinks and will change how it markets and promotes its malt beverages.

Civitas Poll Spotlights Partisan Divide

CivitasRALEIGH – Two new Civitas flash polls (Conducted by SurveyUSA) – one of Republican primary voters (both registered Republicans and registered unaffiliated voters who say they will vote in the GOP primary) and one of Democrats (both registered Democrats and registered unaffiliateds who say they will vote in the Democratic primary) – highlight the wide gulf between Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina, and provide insights into how the U.S. Senate race is shaping up.

Economic Investment Committee to meet March 28

RALEIGH,  N.C. — The Economic Investment Committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. in the N.C. Department of Commerce library located on the fifth floor of the Education Building at 301 N. Wilmington St. in Raleigh. The Committee will consider Job Development Investment Grant applications and take up such other matters as may come before the body at the meeting.

Because the Committee may discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body and possible tentative economic development incentives and confidential information associated with them, it is anticipated that, consistent with N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-318.11(a)(1) and (a)(4) of the Open Meetings Act, those discussions will occur in closed session.

Cruelties of War: Casualities and Medicine of the Civil War Program at Bennett Place March 29-30

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DURHAM, N.C. — More than 35,000 North Carolina soldiers and civilians were among the 700,000 soldiers and civilians, Union and Confederate, who perished during the Civil War. More deaths were due to disease than to injuries sustained in battle. Bennett Place State Historic Site will present “Cruelties of War: Casualties and Medicine of the Civil War” Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to examine stories of suffering, healing and survival.

Jones statement on Supreme Court hearing religious freedom challenge to ObamaCare

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments today in the case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The case challenges the mandate in the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, that requires businesses to provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs and devices – even if those medications and devices violate the business owner’s religious beliefs.

“Forcing an individual to provide employees with health coverage that violates their religious convictions is clearly unlawful under the First Amendment,” said Congressman Jones.  “It is my hope that the Supreme Court will recognize that Obamacare violates not only current law passed by Congress but also one of our nation’s founding principles – the right to religious freedom.”

White launches new TV ad in 7th District

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Republican Congressional candidate Woody White has unveiled a new TV ad entitled “New Republican Leadership”.   According to a press release the ad, which is White’s first district-wide ad in the campaign, will begin airing across the district Wednesday on various cable and broadcast stations across the 7th District.

White faces former State Senator David Rouzer, who was the 2012 GOP nominee, and veteran Chris Andrade in the Republican primary.