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Legislative Committee Debates Solar Panel Disposal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 February 2016 06:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Critics of the state's subsidized solar industry say the state must determine if solar panels are safe when they're decommissioned and where they will be disposed of. Industry representatives say that's all spelled out in the contracts of the tenants who lease land for solar farms.

The debate was on display this week before a state legislative panel. Tom Reeder of the state Department of Environmental Quality was one of those who addressed the group.

"There are 250 milion pounds of these photovaoltaic cells in North Carolina," he said, adding that there are toxic chemicals in the panels.

Lawmakers ended the solar industry's 35 percent tax credit last year.

State Ethics Commission Meets Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 February 2016 06:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Ethics Commission will meet Friday to consider requests for advice and advisory opinions, and complaints and inquiries.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Raleigh.

The Commission is chaired by George Wainright. Vice Chair is Jane Finch. There are five other members.

Panel Submits Report To Governor's Task Force On Underage Drinking PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 06:12

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Researchers at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill have submitted their report on the science surrounding underage drinking to a panel charged with looking at the issue.

The report, “Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain: Immediate Impairment, Long-Term Consequences,” details the unique characteristics of the developing adolescent brain, and how alcohol affects the adolescent brain differently from the brain of an adult.

Members of the research team include:
Dr. Cindy Kuhn—Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Psychology and Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Donita L. Robinson—Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Wilkie (Bill) Wilson—Research Professor of Prevention Science, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University  

Dr. Fulton Crews— John Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The report can be found at http://www.talkitoutnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AdolescentBrainStudyFINAL-PRINT.pdf

HHS Names Senior Medical Advisor For Medicaid Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The director of North Carolina's Area Heatlth Education Centers has been appointed to help the state's health agency work on Medicaid reform.

Dr. Warren Newton is also vice dean of the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine.

Dr. Newton will help the state put together a request for a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reform as North Carolina pursues reform of the behemoth program that serves the poor, the elderly, and children.

“Dr. Newton’s depth of experience will be extremely valuable in helping shape this new health care delivery system,” said DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer in a statement. “He knows North Carolina and understands its needs. And, it’s this knowledge that will be so important as we implement a North Carolina-based solution.”


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