NC House Environmental Review Commission Leaders Respond to the Governor’s Announcement of a Coal Ash Disposal Plan

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.”

Governor McCrory Outlines Comprehensive Coal Ash Action Plan

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, 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.

Opinion: Common Core – We Can Do Better in North Carolina

dan forestby 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:

Wildlife Commission Schedules Public Hearing on Temporary Rule Authorizing Still Hunting Zones on Game Lands

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, 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

On Tax Day, Spruce Pine Attorney Sentenced to 27 Months for Filing False Tax Returns

CHARLOTTE, NC— On April 15, U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen sentenced a Spruce Pine man, who was an attorney, engineer, and appraiser, to 27 months in prison for making false statements on his tax returns, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Randy Alan Carpenter, 56, was also ordered to serve one year under court supervision and to pay $507,995 as restitution to IRS.

Joining U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement are Jeannine A. Hammett, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI); John A Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Jon T. Rymer, Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Inspector General (FDIC-OIG).

Opinion: Choice Program Deserves Defense

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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.

Hagan Presents Widow of WWII and Korean War Veteran With Bronze Star

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014DURHAM, 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.

Space still available for antique farm equipment at Got to Be NC Festival in May

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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

Two More Charged in Gang-Related Kidnapping of Father of State Prosecutor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two defendants were charged with conspiracy to kidnap in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker of the Eastern District of North Carolina. These two are in addition to the six already charged with engaging in a conspiracy to seize, kidnap, and abduct Frank Janssen from Wake Forest and transport him to Atlanta. Janssen is the father of a Raleigh, North Carolina, prosecutor who prosecuted a Blood member in state court.