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Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.
After a series of demonstratively tough weeks, the hits just keep on coming, faster and faster as if a spinning top, reeling from the negative inertia.
Governor McCrory's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 8 p.m. at NC State University's McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.
You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays.
Any conversation about campus rape policy will more than likely feature the following positions. One argument, often made by feminists and victim advocates, is that we need more guidance and support for victims. The other, expressed by due process advocates, contends that universities are unfair...
For as long as I've been working in the higher education policy world, people have been talking about the prospects for a breakout for distance learning (i.e., online courses) and how that would transform higher education.
When folks talk about poverty in schools, they typically reference the number of students who receive a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), which means that I often need to consult FRL statistics published annually by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI). But reviewing last year's data...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) introduced legislation on Monday to reform the state sales tax system. The state levies a 4.75 percent sales tax, while counties levy an additional two percent. The two percent is the focus of the bill, and is currently composed of three different...
It's been a little over one week since the House filed HB 200, which would loosen up the state's Certificate of Need (CON) law - a regulatory burden requiring medical providers to ask permission from the state and their competitors before expanding their businesses.
A new study this week estimated that North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (RPS) has increased electricity costs by $276 million, and that the bulk of those costs are concentrated on commercial electricity consumers and residential consumers...
Six months ago, three of North Carolina's leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical...
A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 6 in a high-profile case pitting the public's access to official records against government attempts to suppress information from public view.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.

The contract, awarded last week, is worth approximately $7.9 million and was awarded to Marinex Construction Company of North Charleston, SC. The contract calls for the removal of approximately 725,000 cubic yards of material from the channel.

"This work will maintain access to the Port of Morehead City, which is vital to supporting jobs and the economy of Eastern North Carolina," said Governor McCrory. "I again thank U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. Walter Jones, as well as Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, for their quick action in securing funding to address this critical issue."

The Corps of Engineers will be working with ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan E. Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Report about fired superintendent kept secret by school board
RALEIGH A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 6 in a high-profile case pitting the public's access to official records against government attempts to suppress information from public view.

The outcome could have major implications for the public's right to know in North Carolina.

The Times-News newspaper of Burlington sued the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education for copies of closed meeting minutes at which a report was released about questionable activities by then-Superintendent Lillie Cox in preparation for a vote to fire her. Cox subsequently resigned when the board went into open session.

A measure of the importance of this c... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

After a series of demonstratively tough weeks, the hits just keep on coming, faster and faster as if a spinning top, reeling from the negative inertia. And yet the liberal core of the Democrat party, Democrats plunge their heads in the proverbial sand, doubling down on stupidity.

And as bad as it has gotten recently for America's worst modern president, Barack Hussein Obama, his former secretary of state, and heir apparent to be anointed with the Democrat nomination for president in 2016, Hillary B. Clinton, has big systemic problems. Ms. Clinton is virtually not electable if America smartens up just a smidgen; but that would mean an Ostrich extraction from its Facebook mentality, and ca... (read more)
Tom Campbell You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays. There's all you want taking place in Raleigh in the separation of powers battle between the executive and legislative branches of state government. It's ugly and could affect the way our state does business.

Article 1, Section 6 of North Carolina's Constitution says, "The legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State government shall be forever separate and distinct from each other." One branch makes laws, another executes and the third judges them. You don't have to be a judge to understand that clear, clean and concise language.

Since the 1980s, the lines s... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue — public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part i... (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

News Release:

Raleigh, N.C. Governor McCrory's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 - 8 p.m. at NC State University's McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.

"This event showcases the talent, ingenuity and resources of many of our underutilized businesses to larger traditional firms who need partners to grow and expand their markets," Governor McCrory said.

A HUB business is defined by state law as a firm majority owned and operated by an African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, female, disabled or disadvantaged person.

The event is designed to empower small and HUB firms to compete for new contracting opportunities and obtain information from HUB resource partners. The event is being held in conjunction with the Annu... (read more)

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The Region

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

Filmmaker to spend two days with ECU students

Filmmaker Cynthia Hill will discuss her new documentary "Private Violence," illustrated above, and her popular PBS series "A Chef's Life" at East Carolina University March 31 - April 1. (Contributed images)
Noted independent filmmaker Cynthia Hill will spend two days at East Carolina University to speak with students about her documentary on domestic violence and her PBS cooking series, "A Chef's Life."

Cynthia Hill Hill, who lives in Durham, will meet with students and answer questions following a screening of her 2014 film, "Private Violence," 7-9:15 p.m. on March 31 in Speight Auditorium. She also will meet with students and answer questions before a screening of an episode of "A Chef's Life" in the School of Art and Design auditorium at... (read more)

The Arts

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General William Tecumseh Sherman was Right: "War is Hell!"

Ironically, life in the M4A3E8 Sherman Tank (named by the British for the Union General) was no different during World War II. The unsanctified blood and gore, and the unmitigated violence to inflict such, in copious proportions with extreme prejudice, upon one's enemy was the unrelenting theme of this most effective film. Not only was the film effective in relaying its antiwar statement, while projecting the heroism of sacrifice through honor and duty, the film, moreover, offered a prolonged glimpse into the hearts of those who fought for America, when America desperately needed heroes, some of mythological proportions. ... (read more)
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Performances of At the Foot of the Cross will be held March 21 through April 18, 2015 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse now located at the Leon Nixon Catering & Banquet Facilities on Hwy. 32 in Edenton, NC. Ticket prices in Edenton include both the performance and an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more information contact the Rocky Hock Playhouse Box Office: (252) 482-4621.

Dinner theatre ticket prices (Edenton only) are as follows:

Adults$29.95Seniors (62 and older)$28.95Children (6-12 years old)$22.95Group A (10-24 people)$27.95Group B (25+ peopl... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Socius Health Solutions innovates health care delivery to improve quality, deliver best value
North Carolina (March 24, 2015) — Six months ago, three of North Carolina's leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and WakeMed Health & Hospitals continue to forge ahead with the innovative, value-based business model, naming the shared services company as well as its president, Mark W. Tribbett.

True to its core Latin meaning — sharing, associated, allied — the word socius reflects the individual health care systems' similar missions, visions, values and strategic focus. A fitting name for the company, Socius Health Solutions brings together t... (read more)


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