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Gov. McCrory Rejects Obama Administration's Request to Reverse N.C.'s' Iran Sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - No. That's the answer Gov. Pat McCrory has given to the Obama administration after receiving an official request to reverse state law and allow state investments in Iran.

An April 8 letter from Stephen Mull, the State Department's lead coordinator for implementing the President’s Iran nuclear deal, asked the governor to set aside the state's decision and allow state and local governments to engage in contracts with businesses with ties to Iran.

“Under President Obama’s questionable Iran deal, billions have already been paid or released to Iran’s regime with little to show for it,” the governor said in a statement. “So long as I am governor, North Carolina will not subsidize a regime which remains the world’s lead sponsor of terrorism. It’s time for Washington, D.C. to put the safety, security and best interests of North Carolinians and Americans first.”

The law at issue is the Iran Divestment Act of 2015. It passed with a near unanimous vote in the General Assembly and was signed by McCrory.

 The letter from the Obama administration to the governor can be found in this PDF file: https://ncgovernor.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/North%20Carolina.pdf

 
Postal Service: Forced Price Reduction Will Cost Postal Service $2 Billion Per Year PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 06:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Postal service price reductions that took effect earlier this month will cost the organization $2 billion according to a U.S. Postal Service news release.

The reductions were mandated by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The reductions ended a surcharge the Postal Service had been allowed to impose since 2014.

“Given our precarious financial condition and ongoing business needs, the price reduction required by the PRC exacerbates our losses,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO in the release.  “This unfortunate decision heightens the importance of the review of our ratemaking system which our regulator is required to conduct later this year.”

The full statement can be found at usps.com.

 
Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver Commencement at Community College Where She Teaches PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 25 April 2016 06:02

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of Northern Virginia Community College on May 14.

Dr. Biden has been a full-time English professor at Northern Virginia Community College since 2009.

This will be the seventh time Dr. Biden has delivered a commencement address at a community college.

In 2015, Dr. Biden delivered the commencement address at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 06:02
 
President Obama Addresses Death of Musician Prince PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 22 April 2016 06:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Upon learning of the death of musician Prince, President Obama released the following statement:

"Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.‎"

Prince was found dead at Minnesota home on Thursday. He was 57.

 
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