Governor McCrory Celebrates Continental AG Expansion

RALEIGH, N.C. — Last week Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, North Carolina Senator Apodaca and Rep. McGrady, and other leaders in helping Continental AG celebrate the opening of a $35 million expansion at its Henderson County production plant that will result in 40 new jobs over the next five years.

“North Carolina has proven time and time again that it can attract and retain global companies like Continental AG,” said Governor McCrory. “We’re grateful for its investment, quality products and trust in our state’s workforce and economy.”

Breaking: Legislature votes to move state capital to Bat Cave, N.C.

RALEIGH — In a midnight vote under an appropriate cover of darkness, the legislature voted Monday to move the state capital of North Carolina to Bat Cave, an unincorporated community in Henderson County. Sources tell that Governor Pat McCrory is expected to sign the bill today, and the move will begin immediately.  The legislature also approved appropriations for moving expenses, including moving the old State Capitol building to Bat Cave.

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“We believe that North Carolina is truly a state of heroes,” said one legislator who wished to remain anonymous.  “Moving the center of our state’s government to Bat Cave is the ultimate symbolic acknowledgement of that historically indisputable fact.”

Opinion: Look B4U Leap 2

John Hood

John Hood

by John Hood

I know my advice is fated to be hated. I know it’s hard to follow. But I’m going to offer it, anyway — again. Politicians and pundits across the ideological spectrum should avoid drawing sweeping conclusions from limited, preliminary data about North Carolina’s labor market.

When the latest federal surveys came out on last Friday, supporters of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature celebrated another decline in the jobless rate, to 6.4 percent in February. They pointed out, correctly, that it was the first time since the onset of the Great Recession that North Carolina’s rate was lower than the national average (6.7 percent).

Troxler announces funding for hemlock restoration

NC AgricultureCEDAR MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the allocation of seed funding for a new effort to restore North Carolina’s hemlock trees to long-term health.

Hemlocks across Western North Carolina are being decimated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that sucks the sap of young twigs, which leads to tree death. Dead hemlocks can negatively affect nesting songbirds, trout populations, plant nurseries and landscapers, homeowners and tourism.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will use $100,000 from the state’s legal settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to start the Hemlock Restoration Initiative. Troxler made the announcement at a meeting of the General Assembly’s Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Deadline to reclaim missing Medrano Express packages extended

RALEIGH, N.C. – The deadline for consumers to reclaim lost packages shipped through Medrano Express has been extended, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday.

Consumers were originally given until March 28 to reclaim their packages, but now have approximately 30 more days. The Federal Maritime Commission and Miami Dade Consumer Protection recently found more than 200 boxes collected by Medrano Express for shipment abandoned in a warehouse in Miami.

“My office has already heard from many consumers looking for their missing packages,” Cooper said. “Now we have more time to try to reunite these items with their rightful owners.”

NCpedia Makes N.C. History and Geography Available Online via the “North Carolina Gazetteer”

 RALEIGH, N.C. — NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at

The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

New Wildlife-Related Programs Offered at the Pechmann Center

NC WildlifeFAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Wildlife Federation Chapter of FISH (Fayetteville Increasing Sustainable Habitat), is sponsoring new monthly wildlife-related programs at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The meetings, which are free and open to the public, will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The April 8 meeting will feature Carol Buie-Jackson, who chairs the Federation. She will present a “Creating a Friendly Wildlife Habitat in Your Landscape” program. Topics will include details of the basic requirements needed to create a wildlife-friendly setting within any property, whether it’s a home, business, school or place of worship.

Opinion: A Big Unknown

KatherineRestrepoby Katherine Restrepo

Plans for North Carolina’s Medicaid reform have changed quite a bit.

One year ago, Governor McCrory proposed a Medicaid reform that would have statewide managed care organizations (MCOs) compete to provide health care services to North Carolina’s Medicaid patients.  Each patient would be risk-adjusted for individual health status.  These MCOs would be awarded fixed contracts from the state to have providers deliver care and would bear full risk in the event of cost overruns.  Taxpayers would only be on the hook for Medicaid enrollment fluctuations.