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Cooper Names 10 Candidates For State Transportation Board PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 17 February 2017 11:48
Governor Roy Cooper has nominated ten new members to serve on the North Carolina Department of Transportation Board.
“These talented new members bring years of experience and commitment to public service to North Carolina’s Transportation Board,” Cooper said. “I look forward to working with them to make important improvements to our state’s transportation system."  
The Transportation Board represents statewide transportation needs and oversees the North Carolina Highway Trust Fund, an account created by the North Carolina General Assembly to fund new road construction efforts.
Cooper has nominated the following North Carolinians to serve as DOT board members:
Mr. Michael S. Fox (Guilford County) – Fox brings more than 25 years of legal experience to the Transportation Board. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in land use and zoning since 2007 and previously served on the Transportation Board from 2010 to 2013. He will represent the 7th Division.
Mr. Grady Hunt (Robeson County) – Hunt has practiced government, education, and real estate law for more than 25 years. He is currently a named partner at the law firm of Locklear, Jacobs, Hunt & Brooks and has served as legal counsel to several rural communities, including Hoke County, the Town of Pembroke, and the Town of Maxton. Hunt will serve as an at-large member representing rural issues.
Ms. Valerie D. Jordan (Wake County) – Jordan brings more than 20 years of experience in development, account services, and project management to the Transportation Board. She currently works as the IBM Global Alliance partner account manager at Cisco Systems in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. She will represent the 5th Division.
Mr. Anthony T. Lathrop (Mecklenburg County) – Lathrop is a partner with the law firm of Moore & Van Allen PLLC in Charlotte, specializing in commercial litigation, zoning, land use, and dispute resolution. He has been a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission since 2011 and has served as its chair since 2014. He will join the Transportation Board as an at-large member representing government-related finance and accounting issues.
The Hon. Daniel F. McComas (New Hanover County) – McComas served in the North Carolina General Assembly from 1994 to 2012, representing House District 13. He has been President and CEO of MCO Transport, Inc. since 1985. He also previously served as chair of the NC Ports Authority. He will join the Transportation Board as an at-large member representing state ports and aviation.
Mr. John R. Pope (Catawba County) – Pope has worked with Cargo Transporters since 1985 and has served as chairman of its board since 2005. He holds several appointments on boards of directors for industry organizations including the Truckload Carrier Association, American Trucking Associations, North Carolina Trucking Associations, as well as several non-profit organization boards, including the YMCA and the Catawba Chamber of Commerce. On the Transportation Board, he will represent the 12th division.
Ms. Nina Szlosberg-Landis (Wake County) – Szlosberg-Landis has been a leader in communications and civic engagement for over 25 years. She has held appointments on boards of various civic organizations, including the Triangle Transit Board of Authority, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Hillsborough Street Partnership. She also served three previous terms on the Transportation Board. She will serve as an at-large member representing environmental issues.
The Hon. Cullie S. Tarleton (Watauga County) – Tarleton brings decades of leadership experience in communications and broadcasting to the Transportation Board. He is a retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of WBT, WBTV, and WCCB-TV. Tarleton served in the North Carolina General Assembly from 2007 to 2010 and has served on various boards of directors for non-profit and charitable organizations. He will represent the 11th Division.
Mr. R. Michael Wells, Sr. (Forsyth County) – Wells has more than 40 years of legal experience and has specialized in estate planning and administration, Medicaid planning, elder law, real estate, and general litigation. He has been listed as one of North Carolina’s “Super Lawyers” since 2009 and has sat on boards of directors for various non-profit organizations in the Triad. He will represent the 9th Division.
Mr. Landon G. Zimmer (New Hanover County) – Zimmer is a partner at the law firm of Zimmer and Zimmer, LLP., Attorneys at Law. He is also a commissioner on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and is a member of various professional, civic, and social organizations. He will represent the 3rd Division.
The names of the nominees have been provided to the General Assembly for a thirty-day comment period.
DOT Board members are appointed to four-year terms. The new Board is scheduled to meet on March 9, 2017.  
Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 12:42
Bill Mandating Deposits To Rainy Day Fund Wins Bipartisan Support PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:54
House Democrats and Republicans voted to support a measure that requires monet be deposited every year into the state’s rainy-day fund.
Only three Democrats voted against the proposal. 
The legislation mandates 15 percent of each year’s revenue growth from the prior year go into the reserve fund. Withdrawals are limited to 7.5 percent of the previous fiscal year’s operating budget. Spending more than 7.5 percent would require two-thirds majority votes in the House and Senate.
Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary told the News and Observer the plan was developed with guidelines from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan government policy think tank.
Troopers Thwart Suicide Attempt By Young Girl PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:28
Four State Troopers' heroic actions saved the life of a young female in Henderson County on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  
Trooper Christopher Jeffries was on routine patrol when he was approached by a motorist advising him they had observed a young female, possibly in her twenties, standing on the overpass of U.S. 25 which crosses over I-26.   Trooper Jeffries immediately traveled to the location where he located the female, obviously distraught, standing on the southbound side of the U.S. 25 overpass. 
After contacting Highway Patrol Communications requesting assistance from fellow patrol members, Jefferies approached the female.  Seeing the female was upset and crying profusely, Jefferies engaged in conversation with her, attempting to calm her down.   At one point during the conversation, the female sat down on the edge of the bridge while conversing with Jeffries.  While attempting to develop a sense of security for the female, Jeffries stooped to both knees while continuously talking to her. 
Placing his own life at risk, Jeffries seized an opportunity to grab the female’s arm to keep her from falling.  Trooper Mark Corbin, who had heard the call for assistance, arrived on scene and assisted Jeffries by pulling the female to safety.  Troopers Haley Onderdonk and Kyle Smith stopped the westbound traffic on I-26 during the incident.  The female was placed into the custody of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office where she was provided further assistance. 
“The selfless acts of heroism demonstrated by these troopers make me proud to be a member of this fine organization”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “Each day, officers across our country voluntarily  place themselves in danger to save the life of another.” 
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:11
Former Lt. Governor Steps Down From ABC Post PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:41
Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Gardner has resigned as chairman of the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. 
Gardner, who appointed by former governor Pat McCrory, submitted his resignation in a letter to Governor Roy Cooper according to the Raleigh news and Observer. 
Gardner wrote to Cooper that he was proud of the underage drinking prevention program "Talk It Out," the stronger enforcement of existing alcohol laws and the modernization of the commission's operations. 

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