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Three Charged for Counterfeit Trademarks in Rockingham County PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:29

Three people are facing counterfeit trademark charges following the seizure of $75,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel and designer accessories from a store in Eden.

Responding to a tip, NC Secretary of State (NCSOS) Agents on April 4, 2019 discovered counterfeit apparel including t-shirts, jerseys and hats for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college teams at Hats and Things, a store located at 1000 Washington Street. Agents also discovered fake Nike Air Jordan shoes, and Gucci, Burberry and Yeezy accessories in the store.

Charged are store owners Lawrence Breedlove, 60, of Reidsville; his brother, Kenneth Wade Breedlove, 58, of Martinsville, Virginia; and Jean Elizabeth Breedlove, 66, of Martinsvsille, Virginia. Each is charged with misdemeanor possession with the intent to sell and deliver counterfeit merchandise. 

Other trademark enforcement actions in Rockingham County last week resulted in the seizure of additional counterfeit goods with an estimated retail value of $250,000.

Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall on Friday thanked the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Eden Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigationsfor their assistance in these trademark enforcement actions. “These enforcement actions took $325,000 worth of illegal goods off the streets in Rockingham County. Counterfeit goods harm honest manufacturers and merchants, and can help fund organized crime and even terrorist organizations.”

 

The North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State has the statutory duty to enforce laws that protect the holders of state and federally registered trademarks.

 
House Passes Bill To Study Restructuring Of State Health Plan PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:27
The North Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation to establish a joint legislative study committee to examine and redesign the State Health Plan in a way that adopts new practices and payment methodologies that promote health while incentivizing participation from both enrollees and providers. The bipartisan measure was introduced by Representatives Josh Dobson (R-Avery, McDowell. Mitchell) Julia Howard (R-Davie, Rowan),  William Brisson (R-Sampson, Bladen), and Gayle Adcock (D-Wake).
 
“We are pleased that House members have endorsed a thoughtful and collaborative approach to ensure the State Health Plan will continue to serve the needs of state employees, teachers and retirees for many years to come,” said Steve Lawler, president of the North Carolina Healthcare Association. “Healthcare providers stand ready to work together with legislative leaders, State Health Plan administrators and plan beneficiaries to develop a modern plan model that focuses on supporting members in managing and improving their health, providing the state and members with cost transparency, and lowering overall costs to the state and taxpayers.”
 
North Carolina's hospitals and health systems have endorsed a value-based approach for the State Health Plan, based on numerous successful examples already across the state.
 
Hospitals Support N.C. NC Health Care for Working Families Act PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:18
he North Carolina Healthcare Association endorses House Bill 655: NC Health Care for Working Families Act as a common-sense option to close the coverage gap and increase affordable access to health insurance for working individuals and families in North Carolina. By covering hard-working North Carolinians like farmers, fisherman, clergy, and veterans, this bill moves North Carolina in the right direction.
 
“We know that people who have health insurance coverage are more likely to get the primary and preventive care they need to get and stay healthy,” said Steve Lawler, NCHA president. “Other states that have created expanded coverage options are already seeing significant improvements in health outcomes as a result.”
 
As the primary healthcare safety net in their communities, North Carolina’s hospitals and health systems see firsthand the results when individuals lack access to preventive physical and mental health care. For example, nearly 144,000 North Carolinians with mental illness or substance use disorders fall in the coverage gap. Without insurance, many resort to seeking expensive crisis care in increasingly crowded emergency departments across our state.
 
Providing coverage for this population will give even more hard-working North Carolinians access to value-based care options that other groups, including Medicare and traditional Medicaid, have provided.
 
“For too long, North Carolinians have supported other states’ coverage expansion efforts,” said Lawler. “It is time to put that investment to work for our neighbors, supporting them in taking control of their health and wellness. We support a bipartisan approach to getting this done.” 
 
Governor Cooper Announces Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:43
Governor Roy Cooper announced nominations to five boards and commissions.
 
“I appreciate these appointees serving on North Carolina boards and commissions to help strengthen our state and improve the lives of its people,” said Governor Cooper. 
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Education:
•    Dr. Donna A. Tipton-Rogers of Brasstown as a representative of the 8th education district. Tipton-Rogers is the president and CEO of Tri-County Community College. She serves as vice-chair on the Legislative Committee for the NC Community College System Presidents Association and as co-chair of the North Carolina Task Force on Rural Health.  
•    J. Wendell Hall of Ahoskie as a member at-large. Hall serves on the Hertford County School Board and previously served as the interim superintendent for Northampton County Schools, Warren County Schools and Weldon City Schools. He also served as president of the NC School Boards Association and the NC Association of School Administrators.  
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individuals to the North Carolina Industrial Commission:
•    James C. Gillen of Hendersonville as a member representing employers. Gillen is currently a deputy commissioner with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Prior, he worked at the Industrial Commission as a law clerk and as a special deputy commissioner.   
•    Representative Kenneth L. Goodman of Rockingham as a member representing employers. Goodman serves in the North Carolina House, representing District 66. He is the director of the Richmond Community College Foundation and former president and CEO of R. W. Goodman Co., Inc. He also formerly served as chair of the First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and as a member of the Foundation of First Health Board. 
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individual to serve as the Commissioner of Banks:
•    Ray Grace of Raleigh. Grace has served as the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks since 2012. In his nearly 45-year career at the Office of the Commissioner of Banks, he has served as the chief deputy commissioner of banks, the director of bank applications, and a commercial bank examiner. Additionally, he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 and served in the Vietnam War.  
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individuals to the North Carolina Mining Commission:
•    Jason Conner of Etowah as a mining industry representative. Conner is the vice president of land management and strategic development at Hedrick Industries. He serves on the Mineral Research Lab Board at NC State University.  
•    Corey Viers of Winston-Salem as a mining industry representative. Viers is the director of operation support at Vulcan Materials Company. He has been awarded the 2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s gold community relations award for the Stokesdale Quarry and the 2010 Union Cross Elementary business partner of the year award. 
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individuals to the North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission:
•    Dr. William Vizuete of Chapel Hill as a member with experience in matters related to public health. Vizuete is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill. He participated in the National Center of Atmospheric Research visiting professor faculty fellowship program in 2016. Additionally, he is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and the American Geophysical Union.  
•    Commissioner Diana Hales of Siler City as a member of a county board of commissioners of a county located in a region with oil and gas potential. Hales has served as Chatham County commissioner since 2014 and is a retired North Carolina government employee. She is a founding member of the Siler City Development Organization and also serves local environmental advocacy non-profits.  
•    Hugh Bailey of Raleigh as a licensed attorney with experience in legal matters associated with oil and gas exploration. Bailey is an attorney at Post Foushee Patton, focusing in general civil litigation and environmental law. He previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Johnston, Harnett, and Lee Counties.
 
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