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As I have previously explained, civil asset forfeiture is an obnoxious legal process that empowers law enforcement agencies to confiscate property they suspect has been used in, or derived from, criminal activity. Part of what makes this process so abhorrent is the fact that, because it is a...
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
It was announced on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz has decided to move its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, GA, and not to the Raleigh area, as many were hoping. According to this article in the Triangle Business Journal, Georgia offered the company $23 million in corporate welfare...
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Earlier this month the Department of Justice finally released a report summarizing its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. Some have denounced the report as little more than irresponsible race baiting. Others have praised it as a much needed expose of a rogue agency...
Suppose there was an academic center focused on issues of poverty, work, and opportunity. Suppose this center pledged to "examine innovative and practical ideas" for moving people out of poverty. Suppose its leadership was interested not in raising their own profiles, but in honestly upholding...
Last week I reported that, based on this quote, the actions of the Governor and many state legislators in pushing new corporate welfare schemes were at odds with the Republican Party Platform. I was wrong. Shortly after my newsletter went out, I received an email telling me that, in the latest...
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...

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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

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Jon Guze, who is the Director of Legal Studies for the John Locke Foundation.

As I have previously explained, civil asset forfeiture is an obnoxious legal process that empowers law enforcement agencies to confiscate property they suspect has been used in, or derived from, criminal activity. Part of what makes this process so abhorrent is the fact that, because it is a civil action taken against the property itself, the owner of the property need not be convicted of, or even charged with, a crime. In previous newsletters, I have written about some on-going efforts to reform asset forfeiture policy at the federal level. Today I'm happy to repor... (read more)
Publisher's note: We want our read understand that there is wise policy afoot here in North Carolina, and to that end, we offer these excellent videos from our associates, in prudent policy research, at the John Locke Foundation.

We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.

Jenna Robinson discusses her focus as new Pope Center president

Dr. Jenna Robinson discusses her role as the new president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Robinson offered these comments during an interview with D... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dr. Roy Cordato, who is Vice President for Research and resident scholar for the John Locke Foundation.

1. Mercedes's decision saves North Carolina taxpayers over $18 million and North Carolina businesses much more
It was announced on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz has decided to move its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, GA, and not to the Raleigh area, as many were hoping. According to this article in the Triangle Business Journal, Georgia offered the company $23 million in corporate welfare payments, while Governor McCrory was only willing to transfer a little over $18 million of taxpayer money to Mercedes.

But the tax doll... (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, Kelly Setzer, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Event marks 50 years of Faculty Senate at ECU
While the world looks quite different than it did in March 1965 during their first official meeting, East Carolina University's Faculty Senate still convenes to guide university policy exactly as it did back then.

ECU faculty and administrators recently celebrated 50 years of the Faculty Senate and a shared governance structure during a reception hosted by the chancellor.

"We're doing great work towards the success of our students across every college," Chancellor Steve Ballard told attendees at the event. "I just really appreciate your devotion to why we're here and what we mean to the state. It really makes a difference."

ECU Honors College Dean Marianna Walker comes forward to receive an award during the reception. The Faculty Senat... (read more)

The Arts

Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

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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