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Congress Approves $300 Million For Hurricane Matthew Recovery PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:27
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on Congress including Hurricane Matthew assistance in its Continuing Resolution.
 
“This federal assistance will be a huge step in helping North Carolina recover from the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew,” said Governor McCrory. “While this is only the beginning of the recovery process, it is important that we have resources like this available to help heal the hundreds of families and businesses that were impacted. I appreciate the leadership of Senator Tillis and Congressman Price in recognizing the need we have in North Carolina and moving quickly to help get these funds approved.”
 
Congress allocated more than $300 million to North Carolina for initial immediate needs to assist the recovery effort.
 
The Hurricane Matthew recovery assistance for North Carolina includes funding for:
 
Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG - DR), which will support community needs including housing, infrastructure and jobs. This funding will be critical for long-term recovery efforts in eastern North Carolina.
USDA Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), which will assist with repairing farm roads, restoring fencing, conservation practices and debris removal.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Highway Funding, which will help restore damaged roads, clear debris, and reopen critical roadways that were damaged.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which will repair damage on Army Corp properties in North Carolina caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:29
 
Federal Court Orders New 2017 Elections For State Legislative Districts PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:08
Just when you thought the election season was over, a federal court has ordered North Carolina to redraw House and Senate districts, and to hold special primary and general elections in fall of 2017.
 
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Middle District Court sets a deadline of March 15, 2017, for the state to redraw 28 districts ruled unconstitutional. The ruling also means those elected to the state House and Senate a few weeks ago in districts where boundaries now will be altered would serve just one year, not two as expected.
 
The lawsuit challenging the districts contended they were racially gerrymandered. 
 
Republican lawmakers said they will appeal the decision.
 
Under the court order, the primary must be held in late August or early September with a November general election. 
 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:25
 
Civitas Lawsuit Challenges Validity of Same Day Registration Votes PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:44
The Civitas Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the legitimacy of more than 90,000 people who registered to vote and voted on the same day during the early voting period of the general election.
 
Civitas contends there’s not enough time between their registration and the State Board of Elections counting their ballots for the local county boards of election to verify applicants’ addresses. County boards mail new applicants notices to verify their addresses. The process takes up to 30 days if the boards act promptly, the lawsuit says.
 
Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “To count ballots without verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another. Furthermore, this calls into question the outcome of close elections such as the one we are still in the middle of in North Carolina. Legitimate voters should never have their votes canceled by illegitimate voters. The State Board of Elections should examine every ballot cast via same-day registration to verify that every vote cast is genuine and legitimate.”
 
Feds Designate U.S. 264 Between Zebulon and Greenville As Part As Interstate Highway System PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:15
The  Federal Highway Administration has approved the state’s application to add U.S. 264 between Zebulon and Greenville to the Interstate Highway System as Future Interstate 587. This marks the final step in the approval process for the designation.
 
“Designating U.S. 264 to Greenville as a future interstate is a great milestone that will help fulfill our goal of connecting North Carolina,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Future Interstate 587 will become Greenville’s first connection to a major interstate corridor, and this is terrific news for both eastern North Carolina and our entire state.”
 
Governor McCrory directed the N.C. Department of Transportation to submit an application to designate U.S. 264 as a future interstate from the U.S. 264/64 split in Zebulon to Greenville in September. This is North Carolina’s third future interstate designation this year. In May, Governor McCrory gained two future interstate designations: I-42 for the U.S. 70 corridor between I-40 and Morehead City and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 between Raleigh and the Virginia state line. 
 
“Governor McCrory and I want to thank all parties that were involved in making this future interstate designation a reality,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “Creating stronger connections to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation through improved transportation infrastructure is a critical part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina.”
 
Greenville is the largest city in North Carolina currently not served by an interstate highway. Interstate connectivity plays a key role in business recruitment and retention. This new designation will support greater economic development, improve access to East Carolina University and its medical center, and strengthen regional mobility.
 
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