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Statement From Attorney General Roy Cooper On NC Supreme Court Video Sweepstakes Ruling PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 24 April 2015 05:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has issued the following statement and background on an April 17 North Carolina Supreme Court ruling.

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“We’ve seen time and again that video gambling leads to corruption and crime, and that’s why I’ve long stood with law enforcement against it. Today’s action by the court makes it clear that North Carolina officers and prosecutors have authority to go after illegal gambling operations in their communities.”

Background
In the case of State v. Chapman, Spruill, the North Carolina Supreme Court certified an order today denying the defendants’ petition that it hear the case. That means the opinion issued in November, 2014 by the North Carolina Court of Appeals upholding the first criminal appeal under the state’s ban on electronic sweepstakes (NCGS §14-306.4) stands as the law of the state. The appeals court’s ruling upheld both the statute and the conviction of two defendants in Edgecombe County.

State efforts to outlaw video gambling have led to multiple lawsuits and the Attorney General’s Office has fought in court to uphold the ban. In December, 2012, the NC Supreme Court issued a strong decision upholding the law, paving the way for law enforcement and District Attorneys to take action against violators.

Law enforcement agencies in several parts of the state have since enforced the law against video sweepstakes operations in their communities, and District Attorneys have won convictions under the law. The Attorney General’s Office handles those cases on appeal, as it does all state criminal cases that get appealed.

Gambling interests continue to file civil court actions to try to block enforcement of the law and attorneys with our office are representing the state in many of those matters.

 

 
HHS Provides Data On Tick-Borne and Mosquito-Borne Disease In N.C. PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State public health officials are warning that tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases will ramp up as the spring season is underway. Last year, 750 cases of the diseases were reported in North Carolina.

"Ticks and mosquitoes are very common in our state, and they carry bacteria and viruses that can cause serious infections," said Carl Williams, State Public Health Veterinarian in a news release. "The good news is that many of these infections can be prevented by following some basic control measures."

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a proclamation declaring April Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month. The official proclamation can be found at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/proclamation/20150401/tick-and-mosquito-awareness-month.

Tick-borne diseases include lyme disease, ehrichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Mosquito-borne diseases include dengue, lacrosse encepalities, malaria, and chikyngunya.

 
Economists: New State Unemployment Data Good Sign For North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:50


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 5.4 percent in March, but three North Carolina economists are casting the data as good news for North Carolina's job market. The rate was 5.3 percent in February.

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden told the Raleigh News & Observer he would ignore the rise "because it is totally due to a large influx of people coming back to the labor force."

The rate was 6.4 percent one year ago. Today, roughly 118,000 more people are drawing paychecks today than were one year ago.

Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner told the paper: "We are seeing significant job growth across virtually every industry."

John Bethune of Barton College told the Associated Press the decline in labor participation has abated and the uptick is "fairly insignificant."

 
2015 Lobbyist Directory Available Online PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - More than 700 lobbyists are listed in the latest version of North Carolina's lobbying document posted online at the Secretary of State's website.

The following information is available:

-- 2015 Lobbyists' Addresses and Principals

-- 2015 Principals' Addresses and Lobbyists

-- 2015 Legislative Liaisons

-- 2015 Solicitors

Log on to http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/lobbyists/directory.aspx to access all lists in either PDF or Excel format.

 
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