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N.C. Senate Calendar For Monday, June 16, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 17:04


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Principal Clerk of the North Carolina Senate has released the following calendar for Monday, June 16, 2014 -- the 125th legislative day of the year. 
The Senate will convene at 7 p.m. under the gavel of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.  The prayer will be conducted by the Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain.
The schedule summary is below. The complete schedule can be found at http://www.ncleg.net/Calendars/CurrentCalendars/CurrentSenateCalendar.pdf.
North Carolina's Unemployment Trust Fund Debt Drops Below $1 Billion PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 15:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It began as a $2.5 billion debt, but the state's bill to the federal government for borrowed unemployment benefits has been paid down to $980 million.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the announcement on Monday.
In 2009, the state had to begin borrowing funds from the federal government to cover unemployment insurance benefits that were among the highest in the South.  
“Thanks to the tough choices we made last year to modernize North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system, we are on track to pay this debt at least three years ahead of schedule,” said the governor in a statement. "We also transformed our workforce training and job placement programs under our NCWorks program. With more people working, we will pay off this debt and ease a significant tax burden on nearly every North Carolina employer.”
Once the debt is paid off, North Carolina employers will begin receiving their full Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit just like those employers in 37 other states. All of these unemployment taxes are paid by employers on behalf of their employees. 
“Our work isn’t done,” said Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell in the statement. “Although we are excited about being below this billion dollar mark, the true impact will be felt once we build a $1 billion surplus, which will lower state unemployment taxes on employers.  This not only gives employers certainty about the cost of doing business in North Carolina but will help in recruiting and retaining jobs."
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 17:12
State Orders Duke Energy To Submit Repair Plans For Leaking Pipes Near Coal Ash Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 14:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Five Duke Energy power plants are the subject of a state order issued to Duke Energy Monday dictating that leaking corrugated metal and concrete spillway pipes at coal ash impoundment dams must be repaired.

The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued the notices.
The impacted areas are Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County, Riverbend and Allen Steam Stations in Gaston County, Buck Steam Station in Rowan County, and Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford and Cleveland counties. 
All of the plants are in the Charlotte metro area and western North Carolina, according to a state news release. 
Duke Energy must submit repair plans by July 17 or face penalties.
The leaks include cracks, but state officials say they have not identified imminent public health or safety hazards in the leaky pipes.
“If any of the leaks had been identified as posing an imminent threat to the structural integrity of any of the dams jeopardizing public safety or health, we would have taken action immediately,” said Tracy Davis, director of the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources in the news release. “In that case, we would have ordered the utility to take immediate steps to repair the pipes and would have one of our staff engineers on site to monitor the repairs and the integrity of the dam.”
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 14:52
Gov. Pat McCrory's U.S. Open Schedule For Friday, June 13, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 June 2014 05:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory will attend U.S. Open events in Pinehurst on Friday, as detailed in the public schedule released by his office.

7 p.m.
The Mayor's Reception
Given Memorial Library
150 Cherokee Road
Closed to Press
9 p.m.
North Carolina Night at the U.S. Open
Tufts Park 
Downtown Pinehurst   
Across from 6 Chinquapin Road  
Open to Press  
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 05:31

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