NCDP Clips for Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
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Six arrested at legislature (WRAL-TV) — Six protesters associated with the "Moral Monday" movement were arrested Wednesday when they refused to leave the Legislative Building after a demonstration that called for Medicaid expansion and LGBT rights.
Prison leaders hope raises will end lingering officer shortages (WRAL-TV) — Prison officials are hoping the budget making its way through the General Assembly will raise salaries for correctional officers and aid in their recruitment – particularly in the state’s toughest and most rural prisons.
Wide environmental changes get initial NC Senate OK (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday backed off some provisions in their annual "regulatory reform" measure but retained several that critics say would damage water quality and discourage citizen lawsuits.
Senators give tentative approval to limiting zoning appeals, increased penalties for amusement ride violations (WRAL-TV) — Senators voted Wednesday to do away with protest petitions, a tool that neighbors use to slow down new developments or business construction near existing homes and businesses.
Senate moving bill to regulate ride-sharing services (WRAL-TV) — Companies such as Uber and Lyft would have to do background checks on drivers and carry insurance under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday. Company officials say they already do much of what the bill would require.
Widen I-77 group: N.C. Senate plan could threaten tolls complaint (Charlotte Observer) — Widen I-77, the group suing the N.C. Department of Transportation over the I-77 toll project, feels an N.C. Senate proposal threatens its lawsuit
New hemp oil bill passes NC Senate with amendments (WBTV-TV) — North Carolina’s new CBD oil/hemp oil bill unanimously passed the Senate with amendments. It’ll now return to the House for another vote.
Advocates Urge Measures to Prevent Drunk Driving (N.C. Health News) — If new legislation is successful, advocates for tighter restrictions on drunk driving won’t have to hold their breath for much longer.
Proposed budget would change ferry priority system (Washington Daily News) — The proposed North Carolina Senate budget released last week would change the state’s ferry priority system, affecting hundreds of Ocracoke residents and vendors
POLICY & POLITICS
Attorney General Talks Human Trafficking In Visit To Home State (WUNC-FM) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke about fighting human trafficking this morning in North Carolina. The nation’s top prosecutor described human trafficking as modern-day slavery during a visit to the Triangle on Wednesday. "Whether it is sexual trafficking, whether it is forced labor, but it is quite frankly the 21st century scourge of our time- and it really has no place in modern society, it has no place in the country, it has no place in this state," said Lynch. Lynch praised federal prosecutors based here for their efforts to stop trafficking.
Efforts exploding in N.C. to stop human trafficking (Fayetteville Observer) — The number of people working to stop human trafficking in North Carolina has recently "exploded," a state expert said Wednesday.
Arguments Far Apart (EdNC) — The oral arguments at the North Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday make clear that North Carolina’s governors and the highest ranking members of the General Assembly could not be farther apart on the issue of the Governor’s authority.
High schools suspend driver’s education (AP) — With state funding to help pay for driver’s education in question, at least a third of North Carolina’s school systems are suspending their programs this summer.
House conservatives feel emboldened (The Hill) — A critical bloc of House conservatives has been invigorated by its victory over GOP leaders, who caved in a high-profile fight over a punished subcommittee chairman Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina.
CoastalCare and East Carolina Behavioral Health join (Port City Daily) — CoastalCare of Wilmington and East Carolina Behavioral Health of Greenville consolidated operations to become Trillium Health Resources – continuing a commitment to effectively manage N.C. and Medicaid funding for mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services. In line with Gov. Pat McCrory’s initiative, “Partnership for a Healthy N.C.,” and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ expectations, Trillium’s creation is the result of a plan proposed by nine Managed Care in 2013.
McCrory Announces 200 New Jobs in Alamance County (News Release) — Gov. Pat McCrory, announced Lidl, one of the fastest growing retailers in Europe, will open a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County. The project will create 80 new full-time jobs and 120 hourly positions in Alamance County during the next three years. The company plans to invest more than $125 million over the same period.
Shelby manufacturing plant to add 86 jobs over next three years (Charlotte Obsever) – -Three units of Nebraska-based Universal Manufacturing Co. will add 86 jobs in Shelby and invest $3.9 million annually in new jobs by the end of 2019, officials announced Wednesday.
White Oak Carpet to bring 40 new jobs to Rutherford County (Carolina Public Press) — White Oak Carpet Mills plans to expand its operations in Rutherford County and to create 40 new jobs over the next three years.
Manufacturer considers $17M Triad expansion that would bring 75 jobs (Triad Business Journal) — The company is requesting $314,000 in incentives to support what could amount to a taxable investment of nearly $17 million.
Republicans Aiming to Register Voters at NASCAR (Roll Call) — Reince Priebus won’t be behind the wheel of a stock car, but the the Republican National Committee is going to Daytona International Speedway.
Second to none, NC offers choice of 2 ‘First’ plates (Raleigh News & Observer) – If North Carolina’s 33-year-old “First in Flight” license plate no longer strikes your fancy, try “First in Freedom.” The new “First in Freedom” plate features two historic dates from the American Revolution.
Welcome home, Loretta Lynch (sorry for the delay) (Raleigh News & Observer) – Attorney General Loretta Lynch comes home as a distinguished daughter of North Carolina, no matter what its senators say.
The bill is no better (Greensboro News & Record) — Sen. Wade’s attempt to remake the council comes back again, now with eight districts. The House should kill it.
State Senate must realize drivers ed belongs in public school (Winston-Salem Journal) — It’s not just a matter of money, but of public safety.
NC lawmakers should approve ignition interlock for all DWIs (Raleigh News & Observer) — NC’s drunk driving penalties should include requiring a device that blocks people from driving if they have consumed alcohol.
How new tests prove hog, poultry pollution of NC waters (Raleigh News & Observer) — Stephen T. Smith and Gray Jernigan: A new study from the US Geological Survey and NC DENR shows hog and poultry farms fouling Tar Heel waters.
How strict rules are making school lunches unsustainable (Raleigh News & Observer) — Lynn Harvey: School meal programs will not be sustainable without the revenue necessary to provide healthy, appealing options to students. There is opportunity in Child Nutrition Reauthorization to make nutrition guidelines more effective.
There’s a better way than political gerrymandering (Fayetteville Observer) — In one of its final decisions before ending its term this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s use of an independent commission
Three more Supreme Court decisions that could – and should – have impact on N.C. (Charlotte Observer) — Besides Obamacare and same-sex marriage, other rulings will resonate here.