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Connect NC Bond Proposal Includes $112 Million For State Parks and N.C. Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 15 June 2015 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The $1.5 billion infrastructure bond being proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory includes $112 million to replace, restore, and renovate nearly 30 state parks, as well as the North Carolina Zoo.

The sister bond is roughly $1.5 billion for roads.

The General Assembly is considering whether to approve putting the bonds before voters in October or November.

The parks included in the infrastructure bond are:

Chimney Rock State Park
Lake Norman State Park
Pilot Mountain State Park
Hanging Rock State Park
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Stone Mountain State Park
Mount Jefferson State Park
South Mountain State Park
Lake James State Park
Yellow Mountain State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park
Mayo River State Park
Crowders Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park
Singletary Lake State Park
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Lumber River State Park
Jordan Lake State Park
Raven Rock State Park
Kerr Lake State Park
Falls Lake State Park
Goose Creek State Park
Dismal Swamp State Park
Merchants Millpond State Park
Medoc Mountain State Park
Pettigrew State Park
Hammocks Beach State Park
Gorges State Park 

 
State Moves To Protect Poultry Industry From Bird Flu PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 June 2015 05:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Avian flu has devastated the poultry populations in several states, and North Carolina agriculture officials are doing everything they can to prevent that from happening here.

On Wednesday, Agriculture Commissioner State Troxler announced the suspension of poultry showings and competitions -- including at the State Fair -- from  mid-August to January.

North Carolina has rougly 8,000 poultry farms and is the 3rd leading producer of turkeys and the 4th leading producer of broiler chickens.

More than 47 million birds have been destroyed in other states due to the bird flu.

Backyard chicken enthusiasts are also reminded to follow safety procedures to ensure their poultry don't contract the disease.

Birds exposed to avian flu must be destroyed as the disease can spread quickly. Humans are not impacted by this type of flu.

 
With Stroke Of Pen, Dozen Bills Become Law in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 June 2015 05:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  As the legislative session continues, Gov. Pat McCroryis signing bills presentented to him following passage by both houses. The following are now law:

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H.B. 552 – A bill creating the criminal offence of graffiti vandalism.
 
H.B. 574 – A bill providing that no state or local statues, rules, regulations or ordinances related to wildlife apply to the Virginia opossum between December 29 and January 2 each year.
 
H.B. 222 – A bill providing for the initial election and subsequent retention election of justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
 
H.B. 291 – A bill giving the State Treasurer authority in the handling of unclaimed property determined to be of hazardous nature and providing guidance for the proper disposition of these materials on the part of financial organizations.
 
S.B. 112 – A bill urging all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture.
 
H.B. 274 – A bill making minor and technical changes pertaining to the various retirement systems.
 
H.B. 691 – A bill making it a felony to commit certain types of assaults on a member of the North Carolina National Guard who is discharging or attempting to discharge official duties.
 
S.B. 597 – A bill repealing references to the ABCs program because the program is no longer being used.
 
H.B. 340 – A bill providing that burial services shall be conducted at all state veterans cemeteries every day of the week that is not a state or federal holiday.
 
H.B. 346 – A bill authorizing counties to adopt ordinances to abate unreasonable restrictions of the public's right to use ocean beaches.
 
H.B. 352 ­– A bill increasing the protections for 911 and public safety telecommunicators by providing that in any civil action arising out of an act or omission pertaining to the defendant's job duties at a public safety answering point the plaintiff's burden of proof shall be clear and convincing evidence.
 
S.B. 315 – A bill authorizing local boards of education to make outdoor school property available to the public for recreational purposes.

 
State Flags at Half-Staff To Honor Former Lumbee Tribe Chairman Jimmy Goins PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 June 2015 04:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina flags at state facilities have been lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday. This order is in memorial of former Lumbee Tribal Chairman Jimmy Goins, who passed away several days ago.

Goins served two tours of duty in Vietnam and became the leader of the Lumbee people following his service. He served ad Tribal Chairman from 2004 to 2010.

 
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