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DEQ issues NPDES permit to keep PFAS out of Cape Fear River and reduce downstream impacts

September 24, 2020

RALEIGH – The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a permit for a water treatment system at the Chemours Fayetteville Works site to remove PFAS from a contaminated stream that currently flows into the Cape Fear River. To reduce impacts on downstream communities, the system is required to remove at least 99% of PFAS from the stream. According to the 2019 Consent Order between DEQ, Cape Fear River Watch and Chemours, the treatment system must be operational by September 30, 2020.    This permit does not apply to process wastewater, which Chemours is prohibited from discharging and has been prohibited…

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Tillis Calls for Action Against Pharmaceutical Companies That Limit Access to Discount Drugs for Vulnerable Communities

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of senators called for enforcement action to address practices of pharmaceutical companies that threaten to undermine the 340B Drug Pricing Program during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The 340B program requires drug companies to sell discounted prescription drugs to safety net hospitals, rural health facilities, and other entities that provide care in underserved communities. Savings from the 340B program ensure that these “covered entities” are able to continue to serve their patients. However, drug manufacturers have recently announced new burdensome requirements on covered entities beyond the scope…

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GOP board members resign, citing misleading counsel from attorney general

September 24, 2020

by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The day after the state announced a settlement with Democratic super-litigator Marc Elias likely gutting absentee ballot protections, the State Board of Elections’ two Republican members resigned. They suggested they were tricked into going along with a plan to let the board’s director negotiate settlements out of court. Members David Black and Ken Raymond separately resigned from the board Wednesday, Sept. 23. Their resignation letters said they got misleading information from the office of state Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, or from board staff about the need to settle disputes…

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Election lawsuit settlement threatens absentee ballot protections

September 24, 2020

by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A settlement in an election lawsuit strips absentee ballot protections, opening the door for election fraud, one election analyst says. Parties in the North Carolina Alliance of Retired Americans v. North Carolina State Board of Elections filed a joint motion calling on a judge to approve a settlement in the case. The lawsuit, led by Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, challenged a series of changes lawmakers made to the absentee ballot process in June. But the settlement included only Democrats and the Democrat-majority elections board, shutting out the Republican-led General Assembly,…

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N.C. Property Rights Coalition Billboards Thank Law Enforcement Professionals for Keeping Our Communities Safe

September 24, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Property Rights Coalition has placed three billboard messages in the Raleigh area thanking law enforcement professionals for their service. One billboard is on South Saunders Street at I-440, one faces east on I-440 near Brentwood Road and one faces west on I-440 near Yonkers Road. “Private property rights are one of the most fundamental rights we enjoy as Americans, but without the police to enforce the law, we cannot feel safe in our homes and on our own property,” said former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Kieran J. Shanahan, Chairman of…

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Local Communities to Receive $5 Million for Parks and Recreation Projects

September 24, 2020

RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to fund 16 local parks and recreation projects across the state. The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its meeting held Friday via conference call. “Local parks and greenways have been a safe place for North Carolinians to relax, exercise, and improve their quality of life during the stress of the pandemic,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These grants will add and expand parks, trails, and recreational facilities to communities across our state,…

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Rep. Ted Budd Introduces Bipartisan Make PPE in America Act

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Make PPE in America Act. The bill requires the Defense Logistics Agency to issue longer-term contracts to make Personal Protective Equipment in America. The Senate co-sponsors were Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI). ​ Rep. Budd said in a statement: “One of the biggest lessons that COVID has taught us is the importance of Made in America. In North Carolina, we’re a national leader in textile manufacturing and we have a rich history of producing high-quality products. That’s why North Carolina has been at…

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Murphy Introduces Legislation to Treat Veterans with TBI and PTSD

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) introduced the Veterans National Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. The bill would direct the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a pilot program for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While serving in the North Carolina State Assembly, Murphy sponsored and passed legislation providing HBOT for veterans in North Carolina. In 2015, a study found as many as 500,000 veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD – a number that has grown…

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Tillis Leads Legislation to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement Officers

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Kennedy (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Rick Scott (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rob Portman (R-OH), David Perdue (R-GA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), James Inhofe (R-OK), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence. In 2020, there have been 37 law enforcement officers killed in the U.S. This is an increase of more…

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NC FIRST Commission Virtual Fall Meeting

September 23, 2020

what: NC FIRST Commission Virtual Fall Meeting when: Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. where: Streamed Live details: The N.C. FIRST Commission is making progress and will meet on Friday, Sept. 25, to review revenue and finance options to secure sustainable transportation investments in North Carolina. The commission is scheduled to hear a department update from Secretary Eric Boyette, receive reviews of its local government and finance workgroups from its members and have a demonstration of its new Creating Revenue and Finding Transportation Solutions investment tool. As the N.C. FIRST Commission begins to make final decisions, there will be more discussion to share…

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