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State Seeks Interstate Designation For US 264/64 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 15:45
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina is seeking federal approval to designate U.S. 264 as a future interstate from the U.S. 264/64 split in Zebulon to Greenville.
“Creating stronger connections to jobs, education and healthcare is a critical part of my 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “Greenville is the state’s largest metropolitan area currently not served by an interstate. Receiving this designation for U.S. 264 would support greater economic development in the Greenville area, and improve accessibility to the university, medical center and surrounding communities.”
State transportation officials will submit an application by September 16 to the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. These groups will consider the application and cooperatively make a decision on the designation. That decision is expected by the end of the year.
“There is a lot of support from public officials, the business community and citizens for an interstate that serves Greenville,” said State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. “We are working with our federal and local partners to answer Greenville’s call for an improved transportation corridor.”
Earlier this year, Governor McCrory gained two future interstate designations: I-42 for the U.S. 70 Corridor between I-40 and Morehead City and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 between Raleigh and the Virginia state line. The new request begins where Future I-87 splits from U.S. 264.
“This designation would put Greenville and Pitt County on the global grid of interstate connectivity for economic development and recruitment,” said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. “I commend the collaboration with all levels of government and action taken by Governor McCrory today as we move forward seeking interstate designation. This is the result of great work with the Mayor’s office, Governor McCrory, N.C. DOT and our congressional representatives over the past four years.”
Voter ID Not Required As Split Supreme Court Fails To Overturn 4th Circuit PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:10
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned the state’s voter ID law. That voter ID will not be required for the Nov. 8 election. Early voting will last 17 days instead of 10. 
The court was divided with the decision. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito would have granted the stay, except for the pre-registration provision while Justice Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay in its entirety.
Justices appointed by Democratic presidents — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan — opposed the delay until the Supreme Court could consider the matter. 
Governor Pat McCrory, who asked the Supreme Court to stay the 4th Circuit's decision, said the Supreme Court's ruling was unfair.  
"North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote through a common-sense voter ID law. Even without any support from our state's attorney general, we were pleased that four justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, agreed with this right while four liberal justices blocked North Carolina protections afforded by our sensible voter laws."
The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the law, lauded Wednesday’s Supreme Court action.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:19
New Cherry Hospital Adds 116 Beds And 373 New Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:33
Goldsboro - Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Rick Brajer joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Hospital. Staff will begin transferring patients to the state-operated psychiatric hospital in late September.
The new Cherry Hospital will increase the number of psychiatric beds by 116, bringing the total to 313. A total of 373 new jobs will be added in the months following the transition from the older facility of the same name.
“Since day one, two of our central philosophies have been to get people back to work and to help those who can’t help themselves while encouraging those who can. The opening of the new Cherry Hospital will help us reach both goals,” said Governor McCrory. “The additional capacity of this new facility builds on our progress to reduce the time patients with mental health disorders spend in emergency rooms before being connected to appropriate care.”
Governor McCrory toured the new hospital, which is a single-structure, three-story building with approximately 410,000 square feet. It is near the original hospital on the west side of Goldsboro and serves citizens in 38 eastern North Carolina counties.
“This state-of-the-art facility will provide a setting that will further enhance Cherry’s mission to be a center for hope, care and recovery,” said Secretary Brajer. “By providing care under one roof, cost efficiencies will also be realized.”
At the time of the move, the hospital will be staffed for the current capacity of 197 beds. Capacity will be increased over time to its full occupancy of 313 beds, contingent on the hiring of additional staff.
The new facility will employ more than 1,300 employees at full occupancy and features a state-of-the-art laboratory, internal and external courtyards, dental and radiology departments and a treatment mall.
The Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities within DHHS oversees and manages 14 state-operated healthcare facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. These facilities serve those with complex acute care needs, providing a level of care not available in their communities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:36
Iconic State Seal At General Assembly Gets Touchup PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 August 2016 15:19
Repair work on the huge state seal outside the Legislative Building should be finished by the end of September at a cost of about $43,000 Charles Weathersby, General Assembly facility manager has told Pat Gannon of the Insider.
The seal was embedded in the walkway in front of the Legislative Building on Jones Street shortly after the building opened in 1963. The ring being replaced includes the words, “The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina” and “Esse Quam Videri,” the state motto, along with two stars.
Weather had caused cracking and chunks breaking off near the bottom of the seal. 
As for whether visitors to the Legislative Building should walk on or around the seal, Weathersby told Gannon that debate was started by  former Senate leader Marc Basnight. “He didn’t want to see anybody walking on it, but shoe leather’s the least of the problems out there." 
Still, Weathersby walks around it. 
Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2016 15:45

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