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NC Voter ID Law On Agenda For Black Elected Municipal Officials Conference PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - When black elected officials representing North Carolina's cities and towns converge on Winston-Salem for their annual conference, the Friday agenda begins with a look at North Carolina's election reform law.

The group is an affiliate of the NC League of Municipalities. This year's conference is being held in Winston-Salem from July 30 through August 1.

The agenda:

Friday, July 31st     
8:00 am     Sponsors Set Up - Hearn Foyer
9:00 am      Exhibit Hall Opens (Meet & Greet)
    Breakfast On Your Own At Embassy Suites
9:30 am–11:00 am     
Voter ID - Understanding the NC Voter ID Law

11:15 am–12:00 pm     
Ethics & Politics -The Do's and Don'ts

12:15 pm-1:45 pm     
Scholarship Luncheon -

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm     
Sponsor Spotlight

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm      
Explore Winston-Salem Activities & Tours

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Social Media Training

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm     
White Party - Brooks Town Inn
(Must Have on White For Admission)

8:00 pm-11:00 pm      
Hospitality Suite (Members and Guests Welcome)    
    
Saturday, August 1st     

8:00 am - 8:45 am     
Breakfast On Your Own at Embassy Suites

9:00 am-10:30 am      
Legislative Update -

10:45 am–11:45 am     
Putting Veterans to Work
      
How Municipalities Can Support Job Initiatives - Michael Naylor

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm     Community Leaders Recognition Luncheon

6:30 pm-11:00 pm     Closing Dinner/Live Band (Casual Attire)

 
Liberty Institute Files Brief To U.S. Court of Appeals In Support Of Rowan County Appeal On Prayer Ruling PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A national group that specializes in defending religious freedom has filed a brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Lund v. Rowan County, defending the right of the Rowan County commissioners to open their meetings in prayer.

The brief can be viewed at libertyinstitute.org/rowan.

The Rowan case has been in the headlines for months after complaints abouat County Commissioners opening their meetings with an invocation.

In March 2013, three Rowan County residents, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit, objecting to the invocations.

According to a release from the Liberty Institute, while the lawsuit was pending, the Supreme Court ruled in Greece v. Galloway that governmental bodies may open their meetings in prayer without violating the Establishment Clause – including prayers with specific religious references.
 
Allyson Ho, Liberty Institute, The Gibbs Law Firm and Alliance Defending Freedom represent Rowan County on the appeal.

 
Governor To Join Sheriff's Association Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 27 July 2015 05:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - After a busy weekend at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association, Gov. Pat McCrory will turn his attention to public safety and criminal justice issues when he joins local sheriffs for their annual meeting.

Gov. McCrory's public schedule for Monday, July 27, 2015, shows him attending the
Sheriff's Association 2015 Annual Training Conference in Sunset Beach.

The event will be held at Sea Trail.

The governor's office times his participation at 9:30 a.m.

 
Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange & Wilson Counties Added To Quarantine For Emerald Ash Borer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 July 2015 06:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State agriculture officials have added five more counties to the quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials. The quarantain follows discovery of more trees infested with emerald ash borers.

The addition of Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange and Wilson counties brings the total number of counties under quarantine to 12.

“This is a devastating pest to ash trees, eventually killing the trees where the insects are found,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement. “We are continuing to monitor other counties for this highly destructive pest through trapping and visual assessment of trees. We will be pulling traps in early August and it is possible we will find sites in more counties when we do. We ask the public not to disturb the purple, triangle-shaped traps if they see them.”

The beetle was first detected in the United States in Michigan in 2002. It is responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees across the country.

 
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