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Archive for July, 2014

Leland Town Council takes trip to tour water treatment facility

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer hopes the trip will ease concerns about a proposed water treatment facility

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McCrory signs bill sponsored by late lawmaker

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum on Tuesday.

The measure requires the state to develop regulations to protect people who work with or near hazardous materials from disease and injury caused by exposure.

Fulghum was a retired brain surgeon from Raleigh and a first-term lawmaker. He died at age 70 after a recent cancer diagnosis. His memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday.

McCrory said the bill furthers Fulghum’s legacy of caring for the safety of others and that the legislation will provide needed protections for health care workers.

The governor’s office plans to deliver a pen used to sign the legislation to Rep. Fulghum’s widow, Mary Susan Fulghum.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory has met with Senate Republicans to try to look at ways to narrow their differences over budget adjustments that were supposed to be in place three weeks ago.

McCrory’s office and a top budget negotiator confirmed the governor visited the Senate Republican Caucus on Tuesday morning for about 90 minutes.

Sen. Harry Brown says McCrory and senators didn’t have a breakthrough in the closed-door gathering. The Jacksonville Republican says the governor and lawmakers proposed potential compromises to end the delays preventing the budget’s completion.

The governor and Senate Republicans don’t see eye-to-eye on the size of teacher pay raises, the future of teacher assistants and Medicaid. McCrory prefers the House’s ideas on these issues and previously threatened to veto any budget with the Senate’s proposals inside.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Political group running another anti-Tillis NC ad

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An independent political group plans to spend more than $1 million over the next two weeks for a television ad critical of North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis by trying to link him to conservative financiers.

A spokesman for the Patriot Majority USA says the commercial started Tuesday in most TV markets in the state. The ad’s narrator accuses the state House speaker of treating Charles and David Koch “like family.” The brothers have given substantially to the conservative Americans for Prosperity. That group has run ads targeting Tillis’ rival, Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

The Patriot Majority ad mentions laws approved last year in Raleigh that cut income tax rates for corporations and individuals but provided no pay raises to teachers.

Patriot Majority ran another anti-Tillis ad in February.

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McCrory signs Common Core changes into law

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Common Core curriculum standards for North Carolina schools will be rewritten under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory signed the bill Tuesday along with four others. He said the Common Core bill does not officially repeal the federal standards but will review and improve them.

North Carolina is now one of five states that have changed or removed the Common Core standards from schools and are creating new state-specific ones.

The law directs the State Board of Education to rewrite the Common Core standards for the North Carolina’s K-12 schools. A new 11-member standards advisory commission will be formed to make curriculum recommendations to the board. Common Core, which schools began testing two years ago, would remain in place until the new standards are completed.

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