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Governor McCrory Vetos Coal Ash Bill PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 05:01

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory vetoed the General Assembly’s latest version of the Coal Ash Bill (Senate Bill 71) saying it weakens environmental protections, delays water connections for well owners, ignores dam safety, hinders efforts to reuse coal ash and violates the state constitution.

 “This legislation is not good for the environment or for the rule of law in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “This bill lacks a firm deadline to connect well owners to alternate water supplies.”

 In addition to the veto, the governor said he will ask a court to require Duke Energy to meet an accelerated timeline for connecting alternate water supplies. The administration will also seek a court order to ensure that dam repairs are completed and coal ash is reused in an environmentally-sound way.

Senate Bill 71 delays the cleanup and closure of coal ash ponds across the state. The McCrory administration proposed a solution that would have provided water connections within 18 months and required Duke Energy to repair dams around its coal ash ponds.

Furthermore, the governor maintain that Senate Bill 71 disregards a recent and decisive 6-1 North Carolina Supreme Court ruling which declared the three commissions at issue in this bill unconstitutional. He said this bill violates the separation of powers by re-establishing unaccountable bureaucracies that have the power to make or overrule executive decisions.

 
Governor Appoints New Chair for Indian Affairs Commission PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 06 June 2016 13:09

Governor Pat McCrory has appointed the new Chairman for the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs.  Furnie Lambert of Robeson County was sworn-in as chairman today.

Lambert is a senior member of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs and has served as a representative for the Lumbee Tribe since 2004. He also serves as Chairman of the Veterans and Indian Land Trust Committees. Lambert retired from the U.S. Marines with the rank of Master Gunnery Sgt. after 28 years of service. At the local level, Lambert heads-up the Lumbee Warriors Association and has posted colors for numerous events and conferences.

He succeeds Ruth Revels, who passed away in March.  She had been appointed by Governor McCrory as Chairwoman of the Commission in September 2013. 

 
Gov. McCrory Grants Pardon of Innocence to Edward McInnis PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 20 May 2016 04:55

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Edward McInnis served 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and now Gov. Pat McCrory has granted him a Pardon of Innocence.

McInnis was convicted in 1988 of several felony charges and was sentenced to life in prison.  DNA evidence now shows that he was not responsible.

 In August, the District Attorney’s Office for Hoke and Scotland counties filed a Motion for Appropriate Relief based on the newly discovered evidence.  Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace ordered him to be released.

The governor's office says McCrory met personally with McInnis this week.
 
McInnis is eligible to file a claim under a North Carolina law that allows compensation of up to $750,000 to persons wrongly convicted of felonies. 

 
UNC Pembroke Chancellor Among Four Reappointed To N.C. Institute of Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has reappointed four medical professionals to serve another term on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine board. The board studies health policy matters.

The appointees are:

Kim Schwartz (Halifax County) - Schwartz has served as the chief executive officer of Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) since June 2005. She has served on various boards and councils, including the Hertford County North Carolina Social Services Board, the Hertford County Emergency Preparedness Council, and the North Carolina Care Share Health Alliance Board.

Dr. Patricia Skinner (Gaston County) - Dr. Skinner is the President of Gaston Community College. During her 17-year tenure, Dr. Skinner has led a significant expansion of Gaston College from one to three campuses, adjusted programs to meet the demands of a changing economy and addressed the educational needs of the communities Gaston College serves.

Dr. Sy Atezaz Saeed (Pitt County) - Since 2004, Dr. Saeed has been serving as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, ECU. He is also the Chief of Psychiatry at the 900+ bed tertiary care academic medical center, Vidant Medical Center. A 1982 medical graduate of Dow Medical College, Dr. Saeed completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Chicago. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in Psychiatric Administration and Management by the American Psychiatric Association and holds a M.S. degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Dr. Robin G. Cummings (Robeson County) - Dr. Cummings is a Pembroke native, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and UNC- Pembroke’s sixth chancellor. He previously held the positions of deputy secretary for Health Services and acting health director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. With responsibility for the Division of Medical Assistance, Dr. Cummings was responsible for the health of 1.8 million North Carolinians and a budget of $14 billion. He previously served as the director of the Office of Rural Health and Community Care. Cummings served as medical director for Community Care of the Sandhills (CCS).

 
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