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U.S Supreme Court Will Decide North Carolina Redistricting Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 27 June 2016 15:20
Raleigh - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether North Carolina lawmakers relied too much on race when they drew new congressional districts five years ago.
 
In the order, the court pointed out the split between the federal district court in Greensboro, which found the districts unconstitutional, and the North Carolina Supreme Court which upheld the lines.
 
A similar case is pending before a different three-judge panel, in which plaintiffs have asked the court to find that legislators relied too heavily on race when they drew North Carolina state legislative districts.
 
States Will Ask Feds To Review Coal Ash Storage Impact On Poor PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:06
Raleigh - State regulators will ask federal officials to review the impact of coal ash storage near low-income communities.
 
An environmental justice review aims to make sure a project doesn’t disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed such a review on a new lined storage space for coal ash in Wilmington near the Sutton Steam Station and determined it would not have a disproportionate impact on neighbors.
 
No one lives within a mile of the site, according to the agency’s report, which evaluated a broader census tract encompassing an area 5 miles by 8 miles. There would be practically no impact from transferring the coal ash, since it would come from the steam station rather than be trucked in.
 
DEQ has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the commission’s state advisory committee to review its findings. The state intends to notify neighbors by mail about the project.
 
Tom Reeder, assistant secretary at DEQ, said in a statement the agency released that the state looked for negative effects caused by moving coal ash from basins into storage landfills and sought ways to protect neighbors. Census data was used to identify residents’ race, ethnicity, income and other factors.
 
Regulators also looked at the potential for contamination, erosion, traffic and dust control.
 
Similar reviews will take place everywhere that Duke Energy proposes to store the material in landfills.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:43
 
Feds Offer Reward For Investment Scheme Fugitive PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 17 June 2016 14:51
Charlotte - The Charlotte Division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a North Carolina man who fled after being charged in connection with an investment scheme. An arrest warrant was issued for Ronald Earl McCullough in July 2013 after he was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, and aiding and abetting. McCullough portrayed himself as a religious leader and used that angle to get his investors to trust him with their life savings and even with property the victims planned to build a church on. McCullough and a partner (who was convicted at trial in June 2015), solicited people to invest in what McCullough described as an exclusive foreign currency exchange group.
 
Bank records show that McCullough and his partner never successfully invested any money. They paid back very little as Ponzi payments, spent more than $800,000, and lost more than $400,000 trading other people’s money.
 
Ronald McCullough has previously lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, but may be currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. A wanted poster, digital billboards, and the use of social media will be utilized to publicize the search and reward being offered in connection with McCullough’s arrest.
 
Fugitive Ronald Earl McCullough, Photo 1 of 2 (6/16/16) Fugitive Ronald Earl McCullough, Photo 2 of 2 (6/16/16)
 
Ronald McCullough- Both photos taken in 2012
 
Anyone with information to locate McCullough should call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324.) The investigation is being handled by the FBI, United States Postal Inspection Service, IRS Criminal Investigation, and North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, Securities Division.
 
Department of Labor Announces $21 Million For Summer Jobs Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Eleven U.S. communities will see an infusion of federal money into the area, dedicated to summer jobs for young people.

"These announcements are aimed at supporting a range of state and local leaders, community-based organizations, private sector leaders, philanthropic leaders, schools, other youth-serving agencies, and young people that are all coming together at the local level to ensure that our youth have productive, healthy summers that enhance their educational and career prospects," according to information posted at whitehouse.gov.

North Carolina is not among the states receiving funding.

The list of communities can be found at whitehouse.gov.

 
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