August 22, 2014
2nd District candidate Clay Aiken makes campaign stop at Fayetteville Technical Community College: Aiken joined FTCC President Larry Keen and veterans services coordinator Matt Thewes for a tour of the campus’ All American Veterans Center. While there, Aiken emphasized the need for the federal government to do a better job helping members of the military make the transition from active duty to civilian life, saying there is a gap in services for many veterans. Read more here.
Environmentalists slam new coal ash bill: Critics of compromise coal ash legislation agreed to by North Carolina House and Senate conferees faulted the measure Wednesday for allowing the toxic material to remain in place at most of Duke Energy’s leaking dumps. Read more here.
Public meeting on fracking to be held in Sanford: Residents in Sanford will get a chance to voice their opinions on hydraulic fracturing drilling at a public meeting that is the second of four such gatherings planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission. Read more here.
NAACP appeals ruling to let 2014 elections proceed under new voting rules: The NAACP, the League of Women Voters, registered Democrats in North Carolina and others contend that voters will suffer “irreparable damages” if any elections scheduled before the hearing of the lawsuit are held under the laws adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last summer. Read more here.
Dems find ObamaCare ammo: "No one should be fighting an insurance company while you’re fighting for your life," Pryor says in the ad while sitting next to his father, David Pryor, a beloved former senator in Arkansas. "That’s why I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick or deny coverage for pre-existing conditions." Read more here.
Joe Biden, Senate tiebreaker?: A 50-50 Senate is more politics nerd parlor game than realistic outcome this fall. After all, it’s only happened twice. But were the Senate to be divided straight down the middle, it would make Biden the ultimate tie-breaker — a dream come true for a guy who spent 36 years in the institution and a potential opportunity for a VP who hasn’t ruled out running for president. Read more here.
Study Finds 8 Fracking Chemicals Toxic to Humans: Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists have found that what gets pumped into hydrocarbon-rich rock as part of the hydraulic fracture technique to release gas and oil trapped in underground reservoirs may not be entirely healthy. Read more here.
US housing recovery appears to be back on track: Housing has been a drag on an otherwise strengthening economy, in part because a harsh winter delayed many sales. But Americans are stepping up purchases as more homes have been put up for sale. And low mortgage rates and moderating price gains have made homes more affordable. Read more here.
Chart of the Week: Auto Production at Its Highest Rate Since 2002: Now, our auto industry is once again a source of economic strength, with more and more of the world’s top-of-the-line, fuel-efficient vehicles being made by American workers in American factories. In fact, the number of cars coming off our assembly lines just reached its highest level in 12 years. Read more here.
Contraception Is Saving the U.S. Billions of Dollars on Teen Pregnancy: As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains in a report this week, the teen birth rate has nosedived 57 percent since 1991. The total number of children born to adolescent mothers is lower today than it was in 1950, when the country was a bit less than half the size it is today. Read more here.
State board won’t restore early voting site for Appalachian State campus: The State Board of Elections voted 4-1 Thursday to reject a bid to reopen a Watauga County early voting location on Appalachian State University’s campus for the fall general election. Read more here.
Camp Lejeune ceremony to honor 1st black Marines: The ceremony is scheduled for Friday at Camp Johnson, formerly known as Montford Point. Camp Johnson is named after Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Johnson, one of the first blacks to join the Marines and a Montford Point drill instructor. Read more here.
Uber ridesharing service comes to Asheville: The San Francisco-based transportation network company makes mobile apps that connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. Read more here.