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The United States entered negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in an undeniable position of strength. Sanctions on Iran were working as intended: causing the Iranian currency to crumble, wreaking havoc on Iran's financial sector, and dramatically cutting Iran's oil exports.
Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 665 into law today. The legislation requires insurance companies authorized to transact life insurance business in North Carolina to determine semi-annually if that insurer's records of in-force policies, annuities, and account owners cross-match with any...
Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation today that lengthens the time between parole considerations for inmates convicted of certain sexually violent crimes. Under Senate Bill 675, the time between parole considerations is now two years. Previously, inmates of these crimes could receive parole...
Governor McCrory has proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting families throughout North Carolina battling cancer as well as the advances being made throughout the state in cancer research, prevention and treatment.
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to call attention to a major cause of accidental death in the United States. Each day, at least two people in North Carolina die from unintentional opiate overdose with more than 800 opiate overdose-related deaths reported in 2014.
Existing businesses in North Carolina are taxed at rates below the national average, and new firms generally benefit from tax rates beneath national norms, making the Tar Heel State an attractive place to do business, a new study concluded.
NC may become the 5th state to call for a convention of states to draft a constitutional "balanced budget" amendment
It appears that prominent North Carolina Democrats may be losing patience with Hillary Clinton as fears mount internally about her inability to handle her growing email scandal
The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the membership of The Governor's Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use today
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Albemarle Corporation will move its corporate headquarters to Charlotte
I leapt from the Uber car at LaGuardia, made my way quickly through security, and boarded the US Airways Shuttle to Washington, D.C. I removed my suit jacket, loosened my tie, and took my seat. Pulling my laptop from my leather briefcase, I opened a spreadsheet to review the layout of the...
Colleges and universities are complex operations-often with billion-dollar budgets. The stakes are high: what happens on our campuses affects not only students but the society at large.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 665 into law today. The legislation requires insurance companies authorized to transact life insurance business in North Carolina to determine semi-annually if that insurer's records of in-force policies, annuities, and account owners cross-match with any record in the United States Social Security Administration's death master file or a similar database, with some exceptions. Upon a match, the insurer would be required to engage in a good-faith effort to verify the death and locate any beneficiaries.

Governor McCrory also signed Senate Bill 399 which allows a joint agency created by interlocal agreement for the purposes of fire protection, police protection, and emergency services to receive a refund of sales and use taxes.

Contact: Crystal Feldman govpress@nc.gov... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation today that lengthens the time between parole considerations for inmates convicted of certain sexually violent crimes. Under Senate Bill 675, the time between parole considerations is now two years. Previously, inmates of these crimes could receive parole consideration annually.

The new law will provide relief to sex crime victims who appear before the Parole Commission to argue for continued incarceration of the inmate who violated them.

Governor McCrory also signed Senate Bill 477 that enables the sale of the former Bladen Correctional Center to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners for $1. Bladen County will use the former prison to train firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel.

The governor also signed today:

S.B. 52 — Under current law, only a few cities and towns, including Wi... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

The United States entered negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in an undeniable position of strength. Sanctions on Iran were working as intended: causing the Iranian currency to crumble, wreaking havoc on Iran's financial sector, and dramatically cutting Iran's oil exports. Iran's economy was teetering on the verge of collapse. As President Obama noted earlier this year, the United States imposed "the toughest sanctions in history" that "helped bring Iran to the negotiating table."

During the final presidential debate in October 2012, the president outlined his necessary condition for a deal, declaring: "The deal we'll accept is they end their nuclear program. It's very straight... (read more)
Balanced Budget Amendment Gets Initial Push in NC
North Carolina could become the fifth state to call for an unprecedented national convention of states to draft a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to maintain a balanced budget.

House Bill 366, which sets the parameters of such a convention, narrowly cleared the House Judiciary I Committee today (August 5). It must still pass the Appropriations Committee before getting a hearing on the House floor. NC legislators apparently believe that a balanced budget amendment would finally put the brakes on a steadily growing debt that will burden US taxpayers for many years and even more, would finally have the effe... (read more)
Press Release:
All - It appears that prominent North Carolina Democrats may be losing patience with Hillary Clinton as fears mount internally about her inability to handle her growing email scandal. Mecklenburg County Commissioner and DNC National Committeewoman Pat Cotham was quoted in this New York Times story today featuring many Democratic leaders across the country who are frustrated by Clinton's failures as a candidate:

A number of Democrats said in interviews that they were disturbed when Mrs. Clinton had joked that her Snapchat account messages "disappear all by themselves," and had reacted peevishly to a reporter's question about wiping her server. ("What, like with a cloth or som... (read more)

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Community

Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders.
On March 18, 2015 at approximately 2:18 a.m, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a fire at an abandoned residence on Durham Creek Road near the intersection of Core Point Road. Firefighters with Blounts Creek and Aurora Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene...
On 3-16-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested a second person involved in the Meth Lab discovered on 03-08-2015 at 167 Bradley Lane in Washington.
On 3-20-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit and Alcohol Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant on Rodney Lamont Albritton's residence located at 105 Anderson Place in Washington.
On 3-12-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Delray Quincy Jennette, 41 years of age, of 670 Pine Street in Belhaven.
On February 23, 2015, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Breaking & Entering and Larceny that occurred at a residence on Bear Creek Road in Grimesland.
I have attached a copy of the death investigation report conducted by DHHS.
On 3-8-2015, at approximately 1700 hours, Patrol Deputies and Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit responded to 167 Bradley Lane in Washington in reference to Bradley Keith Thompson's girlfriend finding suspicious items. Thompson's girlfriend believed the suspicious...

Business

Press Release:
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Will Invest More Than $1 Billion in North Carolina
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., will create approximately 700 jobs at a new bio-manufacturing facility in Johnston County. The company will invest from $1.2 to $1.7 billion at its local site over the next five years.

"This billion-dollar decision by Novo Nordisk more than doubles the size of its North Carolina workforce and underscores the Research Triangle's global leadership in bio-manufacturing," said Governor McCrory. "When it comes to life sciences and manufacturing, North Carolina can compete — and win — against any location in the world."

Denmark-based Novo Nordisk is a leadin... (read more)

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The Region

Press Release:
Elizabeth Cobb named SGA President
WASHINGTON, N.C. — The BCCC Student Government Association (SGA) has named its officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The new officers are as follows: Elizabeth Cobb, President; Alfred M. Griffin, Vice President; Ashley Paszt, Treasurer; Katherine Blandford, Secretary; Yalissa Dominicak, Historian; Stephen Charles Owens, Parliamentarian; and Craig Ward, Special Needs Coordinator.

Cobb lives in Bear Grass and is a lifelong resident of Martin County. At age 23, she is the mother of two small children and is enrolled in the Medical Office Administration program. She hopes to graduate in May 2017 and plans to seek employment in a local medical office.

"I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff here at BCCC to promote effective communication and networking," says Cobb.

Griffin, who is enrolled in the Office A... (read more)

The Arts

Danielsville, Ga
Danielsville is a small town north of Athens, Ga. The historic courthouse has a grant to remodel the interior upper level: a new courthouse is elsewhere.

This is the short side of the building which offered me a better view. The use of granite and brick attracted me to the structure. Built in 1901, the exterior and lower levels appear in good shape. The tower had a trap door for execution by hanging and the jail was in the basement.... (read more)
BCN Publisher:

I would like to submit political articles for publication that require less stringent research requirements.

Most of my retirement time is spent on social media discussing topics viewed on Morning News and I can easily summarize these conversations by 4 PM.

However, I do not have time to verify all conversations.

Some friends watch BBC and other foreign stations.

Some comments will be copied from various blogs.

The term Yellow Journalism is offensive but acceptable if Gonzo is copyrighted.

Gonzo journalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. The word "gonzo" is believed to be first used in 1970 to describe an article by Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style.

The Rolling Ston... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
State budget causes concern, uncertainty
GREENVILLE As Vidant Health continues to assess the potential impacts of an incomplete state budget, including the uncertainty of Medicaid reform, its Board of Directors approved the fiscal year 2016 operational plan today.

Dr. Marcus Albernaz, board chairman, thanked the board committees for their direction and contributions over the past several months in bringing together an operational plan and budget that "focuses providing high quality, affordable health care across the communities Vidant Health serves."

Leaders will continue to focus on the most effective and efficient way to provide health care in eastern North Carolina, which will include streamlining processes and finding ways to decrease the cost of care.

Dr. Albernaz also emphasized that "Vidant Health continues to be a healthy organization, despite the fisca... (read more)


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