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HHS: Infant Mortality Rate Ties Lowest In State History PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births, tying 2010 as the lowest in North Carolina's history. The data was released Tuesday by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Hispanic and African American non-Hispanic populations showed the largest decreases -- 11.9 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively, the agency said. 
The African American non-Hispanic infant mortality rate of 12.5 per 1,000 births is the lowest in the state's history. 
Despite the improvement, the African American non-Hispanic population has an infant mortality rate 2.3 times higher than the White non-Hispanic population.
Deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continued to decline, down 18 percent since 2012 and 54 percent since 2011.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:08
Department Of Revenue Publishes Notice About Changes To Service Contracts PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 September 2014 10:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state Department of Revenue has released details of a change that will take effect October 1, effecting service contracts.

The notice reads, in part:
"Effective October 1, 2014, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.4(a)(11), as amended, imposes a privilege tax at the 4.75% general State and applicable local and transit rates of sales and use tax on a retailer to the sales price of or the gross receipts derived from a service contract sold at retail. Additionally, a service contract sold at retail on or after October 1, 2014 is taxed in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.4I. See Directive SD-13-5, Service Contracts, for additional information regarding the application of sales and use tax to the retail sale of a service contract sold on or after January 1, 2014 and prior to October 1, 2014."
Questions about the change should be directed to the Taxpayer Assistance and Collection Center at 1-877-252-3052.
The entire Department of Revenue notice can be accessed online at http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/impnotice092614_servicecontracts.pdf
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:12
Friday In Raleigh: Investiture of Associate Justice Robert N. Hunter, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 September 2014 05:27


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - At a ceremony Friday, Robert Hunter, Jr. will be formally sworn in as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Gov. Pat McCrory will be in attendance.
Hunter is taking the seat previously held by new Chief Justice Mark Martin.
Hunter was appointed to the seat by Gov. Pat McCrory after appointing Martin to succeed retiring Chief Justice Sarah Parker.
Hunter previously sat on the Court of Appeals. He is seeking a full term on the Supreme Court in November's election. His opponent is Appeals Court Justice Sam "Jimmy" Ervin IV.
Hunter's investiture will take place at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court building in downtown Raleigh.  
Commerce Department: More Than 9,000 Jobs Announced In 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:41


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If the pace of new job announcements continues in the fourth quarter, North Carolina could hit the 10,000 mark in jobs announced. Nearly 250 new projects have been assigned (243) and 82 projects have been announced.
Additional metrics include:
-- Capital investment announced: $1.1B
-- Industry visits by existing industry staff: 480 
-- Calls to Business Link N.C.: 12,959 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:42

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