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Cooper Names Three Top Aides PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:41
Governor-elect Roy Cooper named three top aides for his new administration. 
Kristi Jones will be Cooper’s chief of staff. Jones has been his chief of staff at the attorney general’s office. 
Brad Adcock will serve as Cooper’s legislative director. He has extensive years as a lobbyist. His past clients include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He also served on the UNC Board of Governors.
Ken Eudy will be Cooper’s senior advisor. He’s a former political reporter. 
Eudy and Jones were already serving as the leaders of the Cooper transition team. 
Cooper Will Assume Governor's Office On January 1 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:34
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov.-elect Roy Cooper has announced that he will take the oath of office on Sunday January 1. The North Carolina Constitution states that the governor's term of office begins on the first day of January.  
Cooper's formal inauguration will occur on Jan. 7.
Special Session For Hurricane Matthew Will Convene December 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 December 2016 06:05
Governor Pat McCrory has officially called for a special legislative session scheduled for December 13 to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. 
"Now that we have received input directly from the communities most impacted by Hurricane Matthew, I am officially requesting that the legislature convene for a special session to address these important needs as quickly as possible,” said Governor McCrory
Governor McCrory announced that he signed Executive Order No. 117 yesterday, which will allow for the expedited movement of manufactured housing for those forced from their homes by Hurricane Matthew. The order waives certain size and weight restrictions and registration requirements to ensure the homes arrive to those who need them as quickly as possible.
Currently, residents of Bladen, Columbus, Edgecombe, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson and Wayne counties are eligible for manufactured housing as a temporary solution while they repair their storm-damaged homes. More storm-affected counties may be added soon, enabling more people access to this option for temporary housing.
Governor McCrory announced the formation of the Committee in late October, and convened the first meeting in Raleigh on November 1. Initial assessments estimate Hurricane Matthew caused $2 billion in economic damage. Earlier this month, the governor submitted a formal request for more than $1 billion in federal assistance and laid out a timeline for a request of additional recovery funding from the state.
The governor is encouraging individuals and groups to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts.
Governor McCrory Pardons Man Who Served Nearly 25 Years In Prison PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:15
Governor Pat McCrory has pardoned Timothy Scott Bridges. The governor called Bridges the two men had a face-to-face meeting. 
On February 2, 1991, Bridges was convicted of first degree rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and breaking and entering in connection with the May 14, 1989 attack on 83-year-old Modine Wise in her home in Charlotte. Bridges was given ten years for the breaking and entering charge and a life sentence for the other charges.
The centerpiece of the state’s case against Bridges was microscopic hair analysis. At his original trial, an expert for the state testified that it was likely that two hairs found at the scene of the crime came from Bridges. In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that hair analysis testimony presented by FBI-trained experts exceeded the limits of science and at times overstated the evidentiary value of hair analysis.
On October 1, 2015, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would consent to a motion for appropriate relief filed by Bridges’ attorneys. Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell released him from prison the same day and ordered a new trial.
After his release, additional DNA tests were run on a men’s coat found on the bed at the crime scene, as well as a cigarette butt found in the coat’s pocket. None of the DNA matched Bridges. On February 16, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office voluntarily dismissed the remaining charges against Bridges.
Bridges served 24 years, 7 months in prison. Those receiving a pardon of innocence are eligible to receive $50,000 per year spent in prison, up to a maximum amount of $750,000.

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