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Archive for January, 2013

Hagan seeks approval of Violence Against Women Act

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — US Sen. Kay Hagan says there’s an urgent need for Congress to approve the bill that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act.

Hagan will hold a conference call Tuesday to discuss the bill. Also on the call will be Monika Johnson Hostler, executive director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Sgt. Darrell Price of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit will discuss how the act has helped combat domestic violence and sexual assault in North Carolina.

The act became law in 1994 and was extended in 2000 and 2005. When it expired in 2011, the House and Senate weren’t able to resolve differences. Democrats last week sought to overcome Republican objections by removing a provision that would increase visas for immigrant victims of domestic abuse.

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People in Business – Dosher Hospital volunteers elected officers

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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ONLY ON 3: David says his office ‘monitoring’ jail beating case

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

BLADEN COUNTY (NC) — Last week, WWAY broke the story of Joshua Ward, who was badly beaten in the Bladen county jail.

Former jailer Marcus Hubbard told us that kind of violence is nothing new at the Bladen county jail. He said his complaints would often times fall on deaf ears.

District Attorney Jon David told WWAY that won’t be the case this time.

“It is not up to my office to deal with staffing issues at the sheriff’s office,” David said. “I am concerned about the inmate who was injured, and I will vigorously prosecute the perpetrators. Currently there is no indication of criminal wrongdoing by jail staff, but I am monitoring the situation should new information become available.”

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NC Education Lottery makes latest revenue transfer

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The NC Education Lottery has made its second transfer of lottery revenues to the state for fiscal 2013.

An announcement from the lottery says it transferred $117.4 million. That brings the total amount earned for education and the state since the lottery started almost seven years ago to $2.69 billion.

Monday’s transfer combined with the one made in October adds up to $238.5 million in lottery proceeds for education during the first half of fiscal year 2013.

Last week, The Insider reported that Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, said lawmakers would be considering a proposal to remove the word “Education” from the N.C. Education Lottery for advertising purposes. Stam said the word “education” shouldn’t be used to sell “something that is essentially a scam.”

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NC House speaker prepping for 2013 session

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The leader of the North Carolina House is getting prepared for this year’s General Assembly session, which begins in earnest this week.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss what his chamber hopes to accomplish over the next several months. The Senate and House will gavel in their sessions Wednesday after a three-week break.

Tillis already has said he anticipates a quick fix to a funding problem involving group homes and its residents who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled. He also said last week the House Finance Committee will consider an unemployment insurance overhaul bill Thursday.

On tax reform, Tillis says he’s all for eliminating the corporate income tax but is concerned about reworking the rest of the state’s tax system too quickly.

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