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U.S. and State Flags Fly at Half-Staff In Honor Of Justice Antonin Scalia PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 February 2016 06:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend.

Flags will stay in the position until sunset on the day of his interment. Funeral details have not yet been announced.

“America has lost a giant of the US Supreme Court and a man who devoted nearly his entire adult life to public service,” the governor said of the longest serving member of the high court. “He was an unapologetic defender of the Constitution whose intellect and congeniality will be missed. Ann and I offer our deepest condolences to the Scalia family.”

Legislative Committee Debates Solar Panel Disposal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 February 2016 06:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Critics of the state's subsidized solar industry say the state must determine if solar panels are safe when they're decommissioned and where they will be disposed of. Industry representatives say that's all spelled out in the contracts of the tenants who lease land for solar farms.

The debate was on display this week before a state legislative panel. Tom Reeder of the state Department of Environmental Quality was one of those who addressed the group.

"There are 250 milion pounds of these photovaoltaic cells in North Carolina," he said, adding that there are toxic chemicals in the panels.

Lawmakers ended the solar industry's 35 percent tax credit last year.

State Ethics Commission Meets Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 February 2016 06:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Ethics Commission will meet Friday to consider requests for advice and advisory opinions, and complaints and inquiries.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Raleigh.

The Commission is chaired by George Wainright. Vice Chair is Jane Finch. There are five other members.

Panel Submits Report To Governor's Task Force On Underage Drinking PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 06:12

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Researchers at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill have submitted their report on the science surrounding underage drinking to a panel charged with looking at the issue.

The report, “Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain: Immediate Impairment, Long-Term Consequences,” details the unique characteristics of the developing adolescent brain, and how alcohol affects the adolescent brain differently from the brain of an adult.

Members of the research team include:
Dr. Cindy Kuhn—Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Psychology and Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Donita L. Robinson—Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Wilkie (Bill) Wilson—Research Professor of Prevention Science, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University  

Dr. Fulton Crews— John Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The report can be found at http://www.talkitoutnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AdolescentBrainStudyFINAL-PRINT.pdf


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