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American Flag Display Kicks Off Independence Day Celebrations at State Capitol PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 14:54
Raleigh - A new American flag displayed at the State Capitol Building today begins several days of events celebrating Independence Day. Governor McCrory was joined by Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, members of the North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina State Park rangers and others to begin the celebrations and unveil the 20 x 38 ft. American flag recently discovered by the Department of Administration. A flag of similar size was once displayed at the Capitol each Fourth of July however the tradition was discontinued. 
 
"We are proud to restart this tradition and display this flag in honor of our nation's 240th birthday, the 175th anniversary of our State Capitol Building and the 100th anniversary of our State Parks System," said Governor McCrory. "Today kicks off several events at our State Capitol and we hope it is also a reminder for people to visit our many historic sites and state parks throughout North Carolina this weekend."
 
In addition to viewing the large American flag, visitors are invited to tour the State Capitol and view a document signed by the three signers of the Declaration of Independence on display for a limited time from the State Archives.
 
Fourth of July events happening at the State Capitol include a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon on the Capitol’s south grounds. Following the ceremony, a variety of musical performances and activities for children will be offered until 6 p.m.
 
 
Senator Hartsell Indicted on Campaign Finance Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:01
Raleigh - State Senator Fletcher Hartsell has been indicted by a Wake County grand jury on allegations that he signed false campaign finance reports.
 
Hartsell, who represents Concord, is charged with three counts of certifying a campaign finance document as correct, while knowing it was not correct. If convicted, Hartsell, a licensed attorney, could face trouble with the N.C. State Bar. 
 
Hartsell is the longest-serving member of the Senate and is in his 13th term. He is not seeking re-election.
 
The state Board of Elections voted about a year ago to forward results of its examination of Hartsell’s campaign-finance expenditures to state and federal prosecutors on the belief that he had used campaign money to pay personal expenses. A federal investigation is pending.
 
A News & Observer investigation of Hartsell’s campaign spending triggered the state’s extensive review.
 
The state investigation found that Hartsell spent more than $109,000 from his campaign account to pay personal expenses from 2009 to 2012. In a statement last year on the board’s action. The elections board alleges Hartsell spent campaign donations on dinners with his family, haircuts, shoe repairs, to pay speeding tickets and part of his driver license renewal fee. 
 
 
 
 
 
Drunk Boaters Targeted In New Law PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 June 2016 14:27
Raleigh - Governor Pat McCrory signed into law legislation that cracks down on boaters who operate their craft while drunk. 
 
The governor was joined by by students, teachers, elected officials and the family of Sheyenne Marshall.  House Bill 958 was named in honor of Sheyenne Marshall, a Concord teen and rising senior at Cox Mill killed by a drunk boater on Lake Norman last year over the Fourth of July weekend.
 
“This bill cannot bring Sheyenne back to us, but it can help save others by sending a strong message that drunk driving in a boat is just as dangerous as in a car,” Governor McCrory said. “With summer here and millions of people flocking to our state’s lakes and beaches, I want to remind everyone not to drink and drive.”
 
Sheyenne’s Law will strengthen penalties for causing death or serious injury by impaired boating from a misdemeanor to a felony.
 
In 2015, 25 people died due to boating-related accidents in North Carolina, and nearly half of those fatalities involved alcohol.
 
Veteran Homeless Numbers Plunge In NC PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:49
Raleigh - The number of homeless veterans in North Carolina has reached a record low according to a new report by Governor Pat McCrory's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. North Carolina homeless veterans fell from 1,092 in 2015 to 888 in 2016, a 19 percent reduction over the year and a 37 percent reduction from 2012. Additionally, from 2015 to 2016, the number of chronically homeless veterans who experience enduring homelessness and have a disabling condition declined by 45 percent.
 
"Supporting our veterans has been a top priority, especially those facing homelessness," said Governor McCrory. "Through new initiatives and a revamped veterans resource guide, we have sought to connect those who have served our country and their families with health care, education, jobs and other services they deserve. These efforts are paying off by getting veterans off the streets and helping to cut the unemployment rate among veterans in half."
 
In June 2015, Governor McCrory announced a statewide strategy to end veteran homelessness in North Carolina. As part of meeting this goal, Governor McCrory's Working Group on Veterans and Their Families was presented with a report on North Carolina's efforts to combat veteran homelessness. The report, which was prepared by the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, shows that the governor's comprehensive strategy to end veteran homelessness in the state is producing significant results.
 
In addition to outlining the decline in homeless veterans, the report also recommended innovative efforts to identify homeless veterans, build community-wide collaboration, engage the local service system, offer affordable housing options, prioritize chronically homeless veterans, and provide veterans with the type of housing and services that are specific to their individual needs.
 
The report is part of the Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp initiative, a first-of-its-kind statewide training event held in Raleigh in February. The two-day event brought together teams from across the state to meet targets for combating veteran homelessness in local communities in a 100-day time frame. Counties participating in the initiative included Brunswick, Buncombe, Cleveland, Durham, Gaston, Lincoln, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Rowan and Wake Counties. The teams reconvened this week to present this report and share their successes and plans for sustainability. The initiative was guided by successful strategies implemented in Cumberland and Forsyth Counties, which were recognized in 2015 by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness for their work in ending veteran homelessness.
 
The Rapid Results initiative, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, is one of many programs the McCrory administration is coordinating through several departments and agencies to combat veteran homelessness.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:50
 
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