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Cooper Announces $1.5 Million In Grants To Fight Opioid Abuse PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:59
Governor Roy Cooper announced $1.5 million in grant awards to 12 community partners to implement projects that combat the opioid crisis by advancing the goals of the NC Opioid Action Plan.
 
The one-time, state-funded grants of up to $150,000 from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services enable partner organizations to implement activities in their community which improve access to harm reduction, treatment and recovery supports. 
 
“Community efforts to turn the tide on the opioid crisis deserve our support,” Gov. Cooper said. “These grants are another example of the collaborative effort we need to fight opioid overdoses, save lives, and connect people to treatment statewide.”
 
Awardees include the following local health departments, federally qualified health centers and community non-profit agencies:
 
* Appalachian District Health Department and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office (Serving Watauga, Ashe, and Allegheny counties)
* Appalachian Mountain Community Health Center (Serving Jackson, Graham, and Buncombe counties)
* Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, Inc. (Serving Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and McDowell counties)
* C. W. Williams Community Health Center (Serving MecklenburgAnson, Cabarrus, Gaston, and Union counties)
* Fayetteville Area Health Education Foundation, Inc. /Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (Serving Cumberland, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrell, Washington, and Wayne counties)
* Haywood Pathways Center (Serving Haywood County)
* Johnston County Public Health Department (Serving Johnston County)
* Lumbee Tribe of NC (Serving Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland counties)
* Metropolitan County Health Services, Inc. (Serving Martin and Beaufort counties)
* Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County/ Cabarrus Health Alliance (Serving Cabarrus, Rowan, and Mecklenburg counties)
* Scotland County Health Department (Serving Scotland County)
* Wayne County Health Department (Serving Wayne County)
 
“These grants will provide local organizations with funding to make real changes in their communities,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “The overwhelming number of applications received shows there is significant need in communities across our state for funding and support to combat this epidemic.”
 
DHHS received 99 applications with projects covering all 100 counties across the state, with a total request of more than $12.5 million. Activities supported by the funding include:
 
* Funding certified peer support specialists and North Carolina certified peer support training.
* Connecting people involved in the justice system to harm reduction, treatment, and recovery supports, including establishing or expanding pre-arrest diversion programs like Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD).
* Establishing post-overdose reversal response teams to prevent repeat overdose and connect those who have had a non-fatal overdose to harm reduction, treatment, and recovery supports. 
* Training first responders, community members, or others on naloxone administration.
* Creating or expanding syringe exchange programs including referral networks for naloxone access and treatment services. 
* Providing training on substance use disorders, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and naloxone administration to audiences that interact with people with substance use disorders and individuals receiving MAT.
 
Projects were selected competitively based on factors including the potential impact, the assessment of need, organizational sustainability, and evidence of collaboration and community support. 
 
“Effective community-based actions are critical to combatting the ongoing opioid epidemic,” said Jennifer Greene, Health Director at the Appalachian District Health Department, one of the organizations receiving a grant. “This grant will help build capacity to respond effectively to the epidemic in Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties, increasing the number of people we can connect to services.”
 
The NC Opioid Action Plan was launched in June 2017, with collaboration from stakeholders across the state. The plan identified key strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, including expanding treatment and recovery oriented systems of care, making naloxone widely available, and linking overdose survivors to care.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:03
 
Cooper Joins Coalition Of Atlantic Coast Governors Opposed To Federal Offshore Drilling Bill PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:56
Governor Cooper joined a coalition of Atlantic Coast governors from Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia to urge Congress to oppose the Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act. In a joint letter, the governors called on congressional leaders to reject the proposal to charge the taxpayers of states opposed to offshore drilling if they want to secure an exemption.
 
“North Carolina should not have to pay a ransom to protect our beaches from the dangers of offshore drilling. Our coastal communities generate more than 30,000 jobs and the risk posed by offshore drilling simply isn’t worth it,” said Governor Cooper.
 
Since the Trump Administration’s proposal to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to offshore drilling, bipartisan Governors of coastal states have spoken out in opposition, citing the critical threat posed by drilling to tourism, commercial fishing and coastal economies. The Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act would charge states based on a formula to receive an exemption. Initial calculations estimate North Carolina could have to pay more than $500 million to receive a waiver to protect its shores from offshore drilling.
 
In the letter, the governors are clear in their opposition to the federal government using the health of coastal economies as leverage to extort money from Atlantic Coast states.
 
“Our constituents have been clear about the need to protect our shorelines: our environment, our jobs, and our economies depend on it. We ask that Congress recognize and respect the rights of states to protect our waters without being held hostage by the combined effects of the Interior Department’s dangerous proposal and this misguided legislation,” the letter states.
 
In North Carolina, dozens of coastal communities and elected officials from both sides of the aisle have expressed opposition to offshore drilling. Last year, Gov. Cooper submitted public comments opposing seismic testing and drilling off North Carolina’s coast and on January 20th, he requested an official exemption for North Carolina in a call with Interior Secretary Zinke. In February, Cooper hosted Zinke along with Attorney General Josh Stein and a bipartisan group of coastal elected officials to express their opposition to drilling off of North Carolina’s coast. 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:58
 
Cooper Makes Appointments To State Boards and Commissions PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:43
Governor Roy Cooper has made 32 executive nominations and appointments to 14 different boards, councils, and commissions including the North Carolina Board of Transportation, the NCWorks Commission and the Environmental Management Commission. 
 
“These nominees and appointees will do important work for the people of North Carolina and I’m grateful for their service,” said Governor Cooper. 
 
Gov. Cooper has nominated three current members to new seats and two new members to serve on the North Carolina Board of Transportation: 
 
* Thomas Taft, Jr. of Greenville as a representative of the Second Transportation Division. Taft currently serves as a Principal at Taft Family Ventures. He also serves on the Greenville Board of Adjustments and the Board of Directors of the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. 
 
* Michael K. Alford of Jacksonville as a representative of the Third Transportation Division. Alford is the owner and operator of Marine Chevrolet Cadillac in Jacksonville. Alford serves on the board of the National Automobile Dealers association and has chaired the North Carolina’s Eastern Region’s Military Growth Task Force. 
 
* Grady Hunt of Pembroke as a representative of the Sixth Transportation Division. Hunt has practiced government, education and real estate law for more than twenty-five years. Hunt is currently a named partner at the law firm of Locklear, Jacobs, Hunt & Brooks Attorneys at Law. 
 
* Landon G. Zimmer of Wilmington as an at-large member representing State Ports and Aviation. Zimmer is responsible for project development, market selection, general corporate administration, and strategic planning as the in-house counsel for the Zimmer Development Company. Zimmer also serves on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Bald Head Island Transportation Authority Board of Trustees.   
* General Hugh R. Overholt of New Bern as an at-large member representing rural areas. Overholt currently is a Government Relations Attorney at Ward and Smith, PA. A retired Major General of the U.S. Army, his practice encompasses federal and state government affairs. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Credit Union Commission:
 
* Chris Dillon of Raleigh as a public member. Dillon is an Assistant County Manager for Wake County. Prior to this position, he served as the Intergovernmental Relations Manager for Wake County and as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Wildlife Resources Commission. 
 
* Caleb Malcolm of Hope Mills as a public member. Malcolm is the Vice President of Information Technology for the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the Historic Bath Commission:
 
* Leesa Payton Jones of Washington as an at-large member. Jones is a former teacher who is a co-founder/co-director of the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum. Jones is a member of the Executive Board of the Washington Harbor District Alliance. 
 
* Surry P. Everett of Bath as an at-large member. Everett retired from the United States as a Lieutenant Colonel and then went worked as a project and program manager for LAN & WAN Networks. Everett has served as the President & Chair of Historic Bath Foundation, Inc., and has been a member of the Historic Bath Commission since 2009. 
 
* Jerry M. Waters of Bath as an at-large member. Waters has served on several non-profit boards and is currently the President of the Historic Bath Foundation Board of Directors. 
 
* Eugene L. Roberts of Bath as an at-large member. Roberts was the national and managing editor of The New York Times, and the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Roberts also was a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the NCWorks Commission:
 
* Brock Ashburn of Asheville as a business representative. Ashburn is the Vice President Operations at Highland Brewing Company. Additionally, he works on many design-build projects as a licensed civil engineer and licensed general contractor. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Holocaust Council:
 
* Steve Mostofsky of Greensboro as an at-large member. Mostofsky is the President and CEO of TTI Global Resources, which specializes in the sale of hosiery and apparel. Mostofsky has also served as the Director of Sourcing for Sara Lee Hosiery. 
 
* Zohara Boyd of Hays as an at-large member. Boyd is a Polish Holocaust survivor and a co-founder of Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. She taught Early American Literature at the University from 1977 until her retirement in 2008. 
 
* Nancy Brenner of Greensboro as an at-large member. Brenner is an independent fund-raising professional working in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem Area. Brenner is a past president of the Board of Trustees for the Greensboro Jewish Federation. 
 
* Ronna Zimmer of Wilmington as an at-large member. Zimmer is currently serving as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the UNC-Wilmington Board of Visitors. 
 
* Rick Rosenburg of Chapel Hill as an at-large member. Rosenburg has been a business owner and entrepreneur for over 35 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board at The Hill Center in Durham. 
 
* Ellen Fischer of Greensboro as an at-large member. Fischer is a published children’s book author and former educator. She is the author of If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant and If an Elephant Went to School. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission:
 
* Shannon Arata of Durham as a member with special training in freshwater, estuarine, marine biological or ecological sciences. Arata is a Staff Attorney at the Duke University Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. Previously, she worked as a legal intern for the North Carolina Conservation Network and the Southern Environmental Law Center. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board:
 
* Connie Harris of Mars Hill as a Public Member. Harris is the Director of the Madison County Department of Social Services. Previously, she worked at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in the Division of Aging and Adult Services. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Radiation Protection Commission:
 
* Larry Haynes of Maiden as an employee of one of the licensed public utilities involved in the generation of power by atomic energy. Haynes is the Nuclear Fleet Scientific Services Manager at Duke Energy Corporation. Haynes has also served previously as an Airborne Weather Observer for the US Air Force. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the Supplemental Retirement Board of Trustees:
 
* Lorraine Johnson of Apex as a member with experience in finance and investments. Johnson is the President of Triangle Financial Advisors. She is also a Registered Representative and Investment Advisory Representative at Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. 
 
* Steve Beam of Charlotte as a member with experience in finance and investments. Beam is a partner in Beam Strategic Consulting Group, LLC. Previously, he was a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. 
 
* Nigel Long of Charlotte as a member with experience in finance and investments. Long is the founder and Senior Managing Director of Trade Street Advisors, LLC. He is also the founder and President of The Dilworth Companies, Inc., a private investment firm. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission:
 
* Charles A. Alston of Washington, D.C. as an at-large member. Alston is senior vice president and director of public affairs at MSL. A Greensboro native, he was reporter and editor at the Greensboro News & Record from 1979-1988. 
 
* Donald E. Britt of Wilmington as vice chair. He is an attorney and a past president and current member of the Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Rotary Club. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board:
 
* Drew Reisinger of Asheville as an at-large member. Reisinger currently is the Register of Deeds of Buncombe County. He is active with the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds. 
 
* Erin Lawrimore of High Point as an at-large member. Lawrimore has served as the University Archivist in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNC- Greensboro since June 2011. She worked previously at North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee. 
 
* Sharon A. Davis of Durham as an at-large member. Davis currently serves as the Register of Deeds of Durham County. She is active in the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elected Officials and Treasurers. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina State Building Commission:
 
* Zena Howard of Cary as a licensed architect nominated by American Institute of Architects. Howard is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of Perkins & Will. Howard is known for her success leading projects including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees:

 

* W. Ray McKesson of Marion as an at-large member. McKesson has been heavily involved at McDowell Tech since the mid-1970s, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration, among other positions. McKesson as also worked as a Social Worker in the McDowell County Department of Social Services. 
 
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees:
 
* Connie S. Cox of North Wilkesboro as an at-large member. Cox, a Wilkes County native, comes from a long line of educators in the county. Cox spent two decades in the San Francisco Bay area where she built her own food distribution company before returning to North Carolina. 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:47
 
Speaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment For Voter ID PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 08 June 2018 09:25
A proposed constitutional amendment allowing citizens to determine whether to strengthen election security in North Carolina by requiring photo identification to vote was filed by state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) on Thursday and primary sponsored by fellow Reps. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Michele Presnell (R-Yancey), and John Sauls (R-Lee).  
 
Thirty-two states require some form of voter identification to cast ballots in their elections system.  North Carolina is one of only 18 states that do not require any form of voter identification at the polls.  Indiana enforces a strict photo voter ID law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008.  
 
North Carolina is the last state in the Southeast not to have any form of voter ID at the polls.  
 
Speaker Moore has consistently filed legislation to require voter identification since first being elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002. 
 
“This commonsense measure to secure the integrity of our elections system is supported by the vast majority of North Carolinians who know protecting our democracy should be one of lawmakers’ highest priorities,” said House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). 
 
Moore emphasized that North Carolinians show IDs for far more trivial matters than participating in elections because it is a simple and essential way to secure the integrity of an important process.  
 
“The voters of North Carolina deserve a chance to weigh-in on securing their own rights in the democratic process, and will have the final say on strengthening election protections.” 
 
Rep. Michele Presnell (R-Yancey), a primary sponsor of the legislation, said a photo ID requirement curtails questions of voter fraud by citizens on both sides of the aisle and helps ensure every candidate wins or loses on his or her own merits.
 
“Citizens are increasingly concerned about attempts to subvert our elections process,” said Rep. Michelle Presnell (R-Yancey), “and it is incumbent upon government officials to safeguard public perception of our democracy as well as the actual ballots cast.”  
 
Rep. John Sauls (R-Lee), another lead sponsor the legislation, emphasized that every vote should be cast with the highest confidence that it will count and the state must assure its citizens of honest and fair elections.  
 
“Confidence in the American democracy is essential to its longevity,” said Rep. John Sauls (R-Lee), a primary sponsor of the constitutional amendment. “Our state must not tolerate anyone’s vote being threatened because lawmakers failed to prevent fraud.” 
 
Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) said voter ID is just one of many important steps to ensure elections are secure in North Carolina, and in an age of identity theft, preventing fraud is essential. 
 
“We are fighting for the gold standard of elections laws to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to cast a secure ballot,” said Rep. Lewis.  “We want extraordinary voter turnout and for the people of our state to choose candidates who will pass laws that shape the brightest future for North Carolina.”  
 
Strong & Consistent Public Support for Voter ID Laws in North Carolina and the U.S.
 
•      69% of North Carolinians support voter ID in February 2018 Civitas Poll
•      70% of likely U.S. voters support voter ID in August 2017 Rasmussen Poll 
•      68% of North Carolinians support voter ID in May 2017 Civitas Poll 
•      80% of registered U.S. voters support voter ID in August 2016 Gallup Poll 
•      70% of registered U.S. voters support voter ID in May 2014 Fox News Poll 
•      73% of North Carolinians support voter ID in March 2012 Elon Poll
•      75% of likely U.S. voters support voter ID in June 2011 Rasmussen Poll 
Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 09:26
 
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