N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund board and its funding committees to meet this week

RALEIGH – The board of trustees for the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund will meet on Tuesday to vote on funding for grant applications in the 2014 cycle as well as policy changes and grant criteria recommendations made by the board’s various subcommittees.

The trust fund helps finance the state’s significant natural resource needs, including land conservation and protection of surface water quality.

The funding committees for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund will meet from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday in the William G. Ross Conference Room. The Nature Research Center is at 121 West Jones St. in Raleigh. On Tuesday, full board’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the William G. Ross Conference Room. The board’s meeting will conclude when business is completed.

Tillis Statement On The 20th Anniversary Of The Violence Against Women Act

ThomTillisGREENSBORO, N.C. – N.C. House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis issued the following statement Saturday on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Today marks the 20th anniversary of when the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. The Violence Against Women Act has been instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and has provided women with vital support services. Although some progress has been made, there is still a lot of work left to be done to stop domestic violence, and we need to make sure Washington isn’t a roadblock. As a Senator, I will never hesitate to stand up to my own party to ensure that partisan politics doesn’t get in the way of effective and commonsense legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse.”

Hagan Applauds $222K Grant for City of Durham’s Duke Belt Line Trail

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday U.S. Senator Kay Hagan applauded a grant that the City of Durham has received for $222,700 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to continue construction on the Duke Belt Line Trail Plan.

“Innovative projects like the Duke Belt Line Trail will bring economic development to the Triangle and put more North Carolinians back to work,” said Hagan. “Investments like these in our infrastructure will ensure North Carolina continues to grow and create good-paying jobs.”

Final Quarterly Scan of Bonner Bridge to Take Place Monday

BonnerBridge2RALEIGH, N.C. — During the course of the last year, the N.C. Department of Transportation has performed mobile scans every three months on the deck of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 in Dare County. The final scan in this series is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, weather permitting.

At 9 a.m., crews will halt traffic on both ends of the bridge for 30 minutes as the department performs the routine scan of the bridge deck. The bridge will reopen to traffic at 9:30 a.m. immediately following the scan.

Opinion: Bigger Aircraft Will Shake Up Local Aviation

MichaelLowreyby Michael Lowrey

Local business leaders, economic development types, and government officials reflexively think of air service in terms of the number of flights handled by their airports daily. For most North Carolina airports, that number will drop significantly over the next few years.

Technological innovations greatly influence how we travel. And that’s especially true in air travel. Ten to 20 years ago, a new class of planes — regional jets, seating up to 50 passengers — radically transformed how the airlines operated. Today, another wave of change is shaking up the aviation business, with 50-seaters being replaced en masse by larger aircraft.

Governor Lights Mansion Orange for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

RALEIGH, N.C. — Late Thursday afternoon, alongside the families of four young children with leukemia, Governor Pat McCrory lit the Executive Mansion orange in celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“Being with these children and their families brings deep joy to my heart,” said Governor McCrory. “The sacrifices that children with cancer and their families make is why we have lit the mansion orange in order to raise awareness. Not everyone has survived this battle, and it’s important that we remember all who have lost their lives to cancer.”

Ellmers Responds to President Obama’s Address on ISIL

ReneeEllmersWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) released the following statement this evening in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on the threat of ISIL in the Middle East:

“I witnessed a real change in the president’s attitude and believe that this is due to the resolve of the American people. The president showed a deliberate tone and determination this evening to unite our allies and stop ISIL. But the true measure of his words will be determined by his actions. We are facing an extremely dangerous situation in the Middle East with the rise of ISIL.”

Hagan Comments on President’s Address Outlining America’s Response to ISIS

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Kay Hagan (NC ) issued the following statement after the President’s address on America’s response to ISIS:

“ISIS presents a severe threat to our national security, and their murder of two American journalists is an attack on America and our values. We must respond, and we will respond, by taking immediate, sustained, and decisive action to destroy ISIS.

“The President and our military leadership have now developed a plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels and defeat ISIS with a sustained campaign of airstrikes. As long ago as the spring of last year, I pressed the Administration to arm and empower moderate Syrian rebels and I am glad that effort will be accelerated.

Obama: “We Will Degrade and Ultimately Destroy ISIL”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama delivered the following remarks on Wednesday:

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country.  We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia.  We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year.  Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.