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Newly Created Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force To Convene PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 September 2015 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The first meeting of the new Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force will convene Tuesday in Raleigh, with Gov. Pat McCrory on hand to address the members.

The Task Force was created to provide recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on how best to address the problems of mental health and substance use among North Carolinians.

A report is expected next spring.

The task force is co-chaired by N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark D. Martin and Health and Human Service Secretary Rick Brajer.

Mental health issues are a key priority for Gov. McCrory.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 05:34
Unemployment Insurance Reform Becomes Law PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 September 2015 05:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Putting people back to work sooner and preventing fraud. Those are the goals behind the state's uninsurance reform law, according to Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the legislation Thursday.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell, who is responsible for the state's unemployment insurance program, was at the governor's side when Senate Bill 15 was signed at the Gaston County JobLink facility in Gastonia.

Those seeking unemployment benefits will now be required to make five job-seeking contacts per week while they are receiving benefits. The contacts can be made on the Internet and can be made on the same day.

The new law also allows for the garnishment of a delinquent employer’s credit card receipts. The measure will help identify employers who will misclassify employees as independent contractors to avoid paying unemployment tax. Additionally, the new law will help combat the recent trend of people setting up companies and filing for unemployment benefits for fictitious employees.

U.S. and N.C. Flags Lowered In Remembrance Of September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 September 2015 04:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags be lowered to half staff on all state facilities to commemmorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 11.

“We must never forget that September 11, 2001 was not only a tragic day for our country, but for the world,” Governor McCrory said in a statement. “Although the United States was the target, citizens from 80 other nations also perished during these unspeakable terrorist attacks. This flag lowering is a testament that we will never forget those who died and that their sacrifice will not be in vain.”

Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2015 04:54
Branding North Carolina: State Rolls Out Message That Showcases Pride, Growth, and Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 September 2015 05:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If you've moved to North Carolina, you know about its many assets. But state officials are hoping a new branding campaign will help lure even more people and job creators to the state.

According to officials, the comprehensive branding strategy -- built around a tagline of 'Nothing Compares' -- is designed to "promote the state’s assets, unify communications and help attract business and visitors."

The campaign rolled out over Labor Day weekend on 75 billboards across the state. Print, broadcast and digital marketing materials, as well as social media, are also being used in the campaign.

 “In an increasingly competitive environment, it’s crucial for North Carolina to articulate at a glance all we have to offer,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in a news release. “The new look and messaging are reflective of the people and the assets that make this state such an inspiring place to live, work and play. North Carolina has great momentum and will be even stronger with support of a brand that pulls everything together.”

The 'Nothing Compares' tagline and logo use deep green and blue colors. A longleaf pine tree is included to symbolize strong roots, growth and natural beauty.

The logo and look can be viewed at nc.gov.


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