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Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on why he will allow House Bill 1086, which establishes the North Carolina and South Carolina rail compact, to become law without his signature
Now in its 30th year, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center uses taxpayer money in "support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide."
If anyone you love is mentally ill God help you, because the odds of getting adequate help elsewhere are about as good as winning the lottery. I speak from experience. My brother is bi-polar.
I don't have one. Those of my Baby Boomer Generation were taught that they were ugly and a form of self-abuse. Only sailors or roughnecks had them. The women who did were supposed to be circus performers or other "low" forms of society in the female side.
Political prognosticator, cable TV talking head, and UVa political scientist Larry Sabato is seeing things trending Kay Hagan's way this year.
From his statement to the American people on the eve of 9/11, 2014, Amateur Obama convincingly conveyed that he trusts public opinion polls, rather than his own instincts to lead Americans in these last uncertain days of his failed presidency.
This week Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) hosted the first ever Special Operations Caucus meeting focused on Marine Special Operations Forces (MARSOC).
Those who want to place government-mandated limits on carbon dioxide (often erroneously and sometimes maliciously referred to as just "carbon") emissions claim that their goal is to keep the planet from overheating -- that is, to prevent global warming.
Giving a prisoner a cell phone is now a felony under legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat McCrory.
The Prius-driving, low-T, latte-sipping NPR-swooning lefty-snobs at The Charlotte Observer, one of McClatchy's many failing media holdings in The Carolinas, are aghast that this state might become more like -- *GASP* -- Alabama.
When the Common Core state standards for K-12 were rolled out in 2009, few foresaw the impact on higher education. Alarms about the takeover of the entire educational system with the new national standards and tests in math and English language arts were often dismissed.



Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Eckerlin tells Energy Policy Council public misled about solar energy benefits
RALEIGH John Morrison, chief operating officer of Strata Solar in Chapel Hill, on Wednesday was lauding the brisk growth of sun-powered electricity in North Carolina in comments to the North Carolina Energy Policy Council. His company has built solar farm and solar array projects across North Carolina with a total value, including labor and material, of $1 billion.

"The market is just going gangbusters," Morrison said. Strata Solar's investors "are asking us for more projects than we can build."

But N.C. State University professor Herbert Eckerlin says the sunny stories of solar energy's economic benefits are wildly exaggerated, while the higher costs and technological challen... (read more)
News Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata are unveiling the Governor's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina today with a cross-state tour that includes stops in Wilmington, Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville to detail the challenges faced by and solutions proposed for each of the state's four major regions: coastal, eastern, central and western, as well as comprehensive solutions for the whole state.

"Transportation is the backbone of our state's economy, and investing in transportation solutions will help expand opportunities and create jobs," Governor McCrory said. "Companies want to invest where they know there is a strong vision for moving people and products and that is why we have made this strategic vision a priority."

"We must have a well-connected, well-maintained and well-funded transportation system in p... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: Brant Clifton uses the words of others, in part, to keep us informed on another North Carolina congressional seat up for grabs, in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

It appears that The Raleigh News & Observer has partnered with The Daily Kos in its political coverage. I am amazed at how often the far-left web site shows up as a source in the pages of that far-left, failing rag of a newspaper.

"GOP candidate Mark Walker says he has no qualms about war with Mexico."

That's the headline that made me do a spit-take while sipping my morning coffee. Mark Walker wants to go to war with Mexico? Let's learn more:

Mark Walker, the Republican candidate for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District, has a plan for dealing with securing the country's border with Mexico: first use the National Guard then escalate. (See the... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on why he will allow House Bill 1086, which establishes the North Carolina and South Carolina rail compact, to become law without his signature:

"Since taking office, one of my central goals has been better connecting North Carolinians to jobs, education and centers of commerce. Infrastructure can be a catalyst for economic development and adequate rail access to centers of economic activity is vital to the growth of our rural areas and the preservation of North Carolina's small towns and farmlands. My 25 Year Transportation Vision announced this week notes the importance of enhancing freight movement and freight rail access in our eastern region. Where local officials, economic developers, civic groups and businesses take the lead in addressing these issues, my administration is ready and willin... (read more)



Press Release

Rodney Darnell Putney On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington. Putney was charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.

Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. Putney was placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond pending appearances.

Officer William Chrismon
Washington City Police... (read more)


Press Release:

Move Will Add 1,237 Jobs in Cary
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that HCL Technologies Ltd (HCL), a leading global IT services provider will be expanding its presence in Wake County. The company plans to expand its existing center and create an additional 1,237 jobs in Cary by the end of 2018.

As part of its strategy to accelerate innovation and further enhance satisfaction for its clients, HCL sees Cary as a strategic talent hub in the Americas and will invest approximately $9 million in expanding the center. The company continues to invest in its global delivery footprint in order to enhance value for its clients by developing nearshore capabilities.

"HCL has been steadily building its Wake County presence and one reason is the incredible talent pool the Triangle region has to offer IT compan... (read more)


The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Kelly Setzer, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Attorney General visits ECU on multi-campus tour
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper visited East Carolina University on Thursday as part of an initiative to educate college consumers on making wise financial choices.

ECU junior Ashley Griffith, center, said she appreciated the opportunity to learn about resources available for financial wellbeing. Cooper hosted approximately 35 ECU students and guests in Mendenhall Student Center for the College Cash & Credit Tour. The event featured presentations from experts in his Consumer Protection Division on student loans, credit and debit cards and the risks of identity theft.

"We want to offer tips today to make your lives easier and to help you avoid financial problems in the future," Cooper told students in attendance. "It's also reall... (read more)

The Arts

Publisher's note: This contribution from Eric Brownlee offers a cogent opinion, from on a visible issue, with his opinion just below Mark Bauerlein's post.

I don't have one. Those of my Baby Boomer Generation were taught that they were ugly and a form of self-abuse. Only sailors or roughnecks had them. The women who did were supposed to be circus performers or other "low" forms of society in the female side.

How that has changed in the last 40 years! Now, everybody seems to have a tat.

We passed a truck going through Washington last night. The lady driving it had an intricate sleeve hanging by the driver's window. It was eye-catching. It had to be more than painful and expensive to get. Why would she do it?

My son is a Senior Chief in the USCG. He got his big bulldog on the shoulder blade during a cruise aboard the USCGC Diligence out of Wilmington. My older daughter ... (read more)
Editor's Rating:

Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)



Press Release:
Wilmington, N.C. - U.S. Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak will speak at the N.C. Public Health Association (NCPHA) Fall Educational Conference about the 32nd Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. This is the 50th anniversary of the first such report. The N.C. Division of Public Health also will release new data from the 2013 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey. Results show the lowest teen cigarette smoking rates ever recorded, along with a significant increase in teen use of certain non-cigarette tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and hookahs.


U.S. Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris D. LushniakPenelope Slade-Sawyer, Director, N.C. Division of Public HealthRuth Petersen, M.D., Chief, N.C. Chronic Disease and Injury SectionSally Herndon, M.P.H., Head, N.C. Tobacco Prevention and Control BranchTanha Patel, M.P.H., Evaluator ... (read more)


Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)