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Trooper Association To Make Donation, Raise Funds For Slain Highway Patrolman PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:19

The North Carolina Troopers Association is making an immediate contribution to the widow of Highway Patrolman Kevin K. Conner who was slain October 17 during a traffic stop. 

“It is with a sad and very heavy heart that we mourn the loss of NC Trooper Kevin K. Conner, an 11 year veteran of our force. Trooper Conner was shot and killed on the morning of October 17th in Columbus County” said NC Trooper Accociation President Daniel Jenkins. Trooper Conner was assigned to Troop B in Columbus County.

 

Jenkins continued, “Tragedies like these demonstrate that no stop we make is ever routine. NC Troopers have one of the highest line-of-duty death rates in the nation and one of the very highest on the East Coast. Yet every day, Heroes like Trooper Conner suit up and still do their job protecting the general public and do so without hesitation. Today’s loss is truly a tragic one. He’ll be missed by many. Trooper Conner, rest easy Brother, we have it from here.”

 

For information on making donations to support the Trooper’s Assocation on behalf of the Conner family, donations can be made by credit card online at  www.nctroopers.org or  checks can be mailed to PO Box 840 Summerfield NC 27358

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:24
 
Two Legislators Want Stay of Court Decision Regarding State Board Of Elections And Ethics PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:09
NC. House Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett) and N.C. Senator Warren Daniel (R-Burke) released the following statement in response to the court's 2-1 decision which ruled the legislative changes to the state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement were unconstitutional. 
 
"With early voting already underway, we are seeking an emergency stay for the entire ruling because we are very concerned that this decision could confuse voters and disrupt the administration of this election. 
 
"The public deserves a bipartisan elections board that implements elections laws and investigates campaign finance violations without favoritism towards any party or political agenda. The people can weigh in starting today by voting on the proposed amendment to make a bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement a part of our state constitution.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:09
 
Highway Patrol Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:47

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, a state trooper stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding violation on US 701 near Sellers Town Rd in Columbus County.  The driver of the pickup pulled over onto the shoulder and the trooper made his initial approach.  The driver of the pickup then fired several shots, striking the trooper.  

 

 

After assaulting the trooper, the driver fled the scene, traveling into Fair Bluff.  Local police attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver fled, initiating a brief pursuit.  The driver of the pickup then fled on foot after his vehicle became disabled while attempting to cross over a railroad crossing.  After an extensive search, authorities located the driver and placed him in custody without incident.  He was transported to the Columbus County Jail by investigators.  

The trooper has been identified as Kevin K. Conner, an 11-year veteran, assigned to Troop B, District 5 (Columbus County).  Trooper Conner succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.  

"The tragic loss of Trooper Kevin Conner of the NC State Highway Patrol weighs heavily on our hearts. We are forever grateful for his devoted service and selfless commitment to protecting the people of North Carolina. Our prayers are with his family and friends and his colleagues in law enforcement," Governor Roy Cooper said. 

“The Highway Patrol family is mourning the loss of a hero and will forever be changed by the tragic events that have occurred”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “We ask everyone to please keep Trooper Conner’s family and all who knew him in your thoughts and prayers.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Trooper Conner’s family”, said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. “Trooper Conner was killed while protecting and serving his community. We mourn our loss and will continue to support his family. We are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who serve in harm’s way, each and every day.”

 Charges are pending a further investigation.  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:09
 
General Assembly Passes $793 Million Hurricane Florence Recovery Package PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:46

Raleigh, N.C.– Governor Roy Cooper signed into law a $793 million Hurricane Florence relief package bringing the legislature’s total commitment to disaster recovery since the storm to $850 million. With this latest action, the North Carolina General Assembly has allocated over $1.2 billion for hurricane recovery since 2016.

Governor Roy Cooper praised the General Assembly's action. 

"I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure."

In a joint statement, state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, “Since Hurricane Florence hit, we’ve sought to take politics out of the relief effort. Today’s historic, bipartisan aid package is yet another step in a collaborative recovery process that we hope will continue.” 

The Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund (HFDRF) appropriates $65 million to provide a state match for federal disaster assistance and another $65 million state match for federal transportation assistance.  It spends $60 million on capital recovery funds for public school facilities and $30 million for capital needs in the University of North Carolina system.  Another $28 million will benefit local governments, while agriculture recovery received $50 million.  More than $30 million was directed to housing recovery support.

Tens of millions more dollars will meet needs in behavioral health, community hospitals, small businesses, community colleges, and mosquito abatement efforts in areas of North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence.  Funding for coastal beach renourishment, dredging needs, marine debris cleanup, and commercial fishermen were also included in the recovery package.

The measure includes a fix for members of the National Guard who participated in the response to Hurricane Matthew. The bill waives outstanding debt service members owed due to accidental overpayments by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). It also requires DPS to reimburse service members who already repaid the department.

As part of the continuing collaboration among state leaders to respond to the historic storm, officials from the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), including State Budget Director Charles Perusse, briefed key appropriations leaders and fiscal staff in the North Carolina legislature on Thursday. Participants discussed the Governor’s proposal at length in a productive working session.

OSBM told lawmakers that, consistent with the descriptions contained in the Governor’s report, the needs assessment released this week was a preliminary figure that may change based on further analysis and the availability of additional federal aid. OSBM also said that this is a long-term, five-year plan.

The report indicated that more concrete, on-the-ground data will soon be available to update the preliminary needs assessment, which relied in part on computer modeling. As such, some assessed needs may shift considerably over time as federal aid becomes clearer and damage assessments continue. Education needs, for example, are particularly preliminary, and many of the damage assessments will change in OSBM’s final report, lawmakers and staff heard from administration officials.

OSBM is also working on an estimate of how much funding could be spent in the next six months. They indicated that course corrections may be required over time. Based on this information and the Governor’s report, the legislature appropriated a majority of the funding immediately while preserving maximum flexibility to meet the final needs assessments that are currently ongoing.  

Most of the funding transfer comes from the state’s record $2 billion rainy day fund.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:18
 
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