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McHenry Delivers Opening Remarks at Hearing on CFPB’s Actions to Protect Consumers During COVID-19 Crisis

August 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Republican Leader of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered opening remarks at the Committee’s hybrid hearing with the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathy Kraninger, on the Bureau’s work to protect consumers during the coronavirus crisis.

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Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in Brunswick County

August 4, 2020

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — Hurricane Isaias came ashore as a deceptively powerful category one hurricane overnight. Isaias officially made landfall in Ocean Isle Beach at 11:10 p.m. with 85 mph sustained winds. The storm generated a substantial storm surge on Brunswick County’s beaches and spawned several tornadoes up and down the North Carolina coast. x

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State Library of N.C. Announces CARES Grants for Local Library Projects

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Library of North Carolina proudly announces the SLNC CARES Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awardees. The 39 awards, totaling nearly $870,000, support local library projects across North Carolina that target high need communities to address digital inclusion, expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide related technical support in response to the coronavirus. These grants will help students, families, and job seekers through such projects as establishing community technology hubs in areas served by Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library, providing devices and information literacy and searching skills instruction to children of migrant farmworkers through…

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More than a Quarter Million Dollars in Counterfeit Merchandise Seized in Iredell County Traffic Stop

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH – A traffic stop by the Mooresville Police Department in the early morning hours of Friday, July 24th resulted in the seizure of counterfeit designer watches, sunglasses, clothing, shoes, backpacks, handbags, and other goods with brand names like Gucci, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Audemars, Cartier, Dior, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Fendi, Amiri, Louis Vuitton, and more. The North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force was called in to assist with the case. The knock-offs seized in the traffic stop had an estimated retail value of $360,400. Estimated retail value is the amount the genuine trademarked items would sell for. “Counterfeiters peddling…

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Sen. Tillis and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to Participate in Grand Opening of Veterans Life Center

August 4, 2020

BUTNER, N.C. — Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie participated in the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Veterans Life Center in Butner on Saturday. The Veterans Life Center is a 100+ bed residential facility designed to improve the lives of 21st Century North Carolina Veterans who are experiencing reintegration obstacles by providing temporary housing and services to achieve self-reliance two years or less. Senator Tillis advocated for the construction of the Veterans Life Center as Speaker of the North Carolina House and secured partial funding as U.S. Senator to build the facility.

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COVID-19 shutdowns swell ranks of the uninsured, and Medicaid expansion offers no immediate relief

August 3, 2020

by Julie Havlak Brandon has three little girls, no job, and no health insurance.  His company launched mass furloughs just weeks after North Carolina shut down its economy over the coronavirus pandemic. Brandon’s job didn’t last long, and his health insurance became a casualty.  Brandon is familiar with the risk of being uninsured. Years ago, he racked up medical bills when depression turned his life “upside down.” But he came back to get a job he loved, working as a residential project manager in Charlotte.  Now the only reason he still can see his therapist is her decision to treat…

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NC Readies for Isaias; President Trump Approves North Carolina Emergency Declaration

August 3, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias is moving northward along the Florida coast and has North Carolina in its path with threats of heavy rainfall, storm surge, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and dangerous rip currents. These conditions could cause power outages and road closures across portions of central and eastern North Carolina through Tuesday.  “Although the storm has been downgraded from a hurricane, Isaias still poses great threats to our state,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “North Carolinians should prepare for flooding, storm surge, power outages and the dangers associated with them.” As of Sunday afternoon, local officials have ordered evacuations for Hatteras and…

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NCDOT’s Weekly Cash Watch Report for July 31, 2020

August 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – To be open and transparent and to comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a snapshot of NCDOT expenditures. For holidays when NCDOT offices are closed, the release and report will be published on the closest business day. The latest cash report, as well as previous reports, can be viewed on this NCDOT webpage. Each report opens with what the combined cash balance was in the preceding report. The report includes receipts;…

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Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board Aug. 3 Meeting Postponed

August 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Monday, August 3, has been postponed due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias.  The meeting to discuss public comments on hexavalent chromium and mammalian toxicology studies related to standard setting on GenX will be rescheduled.  The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board includes 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields. Their expertise assists the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants…

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Tillis Introduces to Reform How Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances Receive Health Care and Benefits

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 4393, the Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act of 2020 (TEAM Act), legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Senator Tillis has been a leading advocate for servicemembers and veterans exposed to toxicants. Last month, he participated in a Washington Post Live discussion on the health care challenges veterans face after their service. In 2019, he co-introduced The Janey Ensminger Act to ensure individuals with diseases scientifically linked to toxic chemical exposure at Camp…

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