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Nominations Of State Employees Being Accepted For Prestigious John R. Larkins Award PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nominations are being accepted for the prestigious John R. Larkins Award, which honors state employees who exemplify the work of Dr. John Rodman Larkins and his pioneering race relations work in state government.

Nominations are due November 15 and must include:
-- A narrative describing how an action or event by the nominee improved human and race relations at work or in the community. 
-- The nominator's relationship to nominee. 
-- Supporting documents from colleagues, community leaders, etc. 
"The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day program would not be complete without the presentation of the John R. Larkins award," Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement. "The award serves not only to honor some of our best and most valuable state employees, but also to keep alive the legacy of Dr. Larkins’ pioneering work and groundbreaking contributions to our state." 
Larkins was born December 24, 1913 in Wilmington, where he attended public school and graduated from Williston High School. He worked paving roads and in the garment industry in New York City. He was a welfare worker in Warren County and, in 1942, became a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Welfare (later named the Department of Human Resources), a position he held until 1962, when he became the coordinator of the Department. From 1963 to 1973, he served as associate director of the State Probation Commission; as the director of youth development at the Department of Corrections from 1973-74; and was appointed special assistant to the governor for minority affairs in 1977, serving until his death in 1980.   
He was the author of several articles that explore race, community, leadership and sociology. He taught part-time at St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University, served on several sociological associations, and received numerous honors for his contributions to our state and nation through human and race relations and the understanding of sociology. 
Nominations should be submitted at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/john-r-larkins-nomination-2015
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:58
HHS: Infant Mortality Rate Ties Lowest In State History PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births, tying 2010 as the lowest in North Carolina's history. The data was released Tuesday by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Hispanic and African American non-Hispanic populations showed the largest decreases -- 11.9 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively, the agency said. 
The African American non-Hispanic infant mortality rate of 12.5 per 1,000 births is the lowest in the state's history. 
Despite the improvement, the African American non-Hispanic population has an infant mortality rate 2.3 times higher than the White non-Hispanic population.
Deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continued to decline, down 18 percent since 2012 and 54 percent since 2011.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:08
Department Of Revenue Publishes Notice About Changes To Service Contracts PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state Department of Revenue has released details of a change that will take effect October 1, effecting service contracts.

The notice reads, in part:
"Effective October 1, 2014, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.4(a)(11), as amended, imposes a privilege tax at the 4.75% general State and applicable local and transit rates of sales and use tax on a retailer to the sales price of or the gross receipts derived from a service contract sold at retail. Additionally, a service contract sold at retail on or after October 1, 2014 is taxed in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.4I. See Directive SD-13-5, Service Contracts, for additional information regarding the application of sales and use tax to the retail sale of a service contract sold on or after January 1, 2014 and prior to October 1, 2014."
Questions about the change should be directed to the Taxpayer Assistance and Collection Center at 1-877-252-3052.
The entire Department of Revenue notice can be accessed online at http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/impnotice092614_servicecontracts.pdf
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:12
Friday In Raleigh: Investiture of Associate Justice Robert N. Hunter, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 September 2014 05:27


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - At a ceremony Friday, Robert Hunter, Jr. will be formally sworn in as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Gov. Pat McCrory will be in attendance.
Hunter is taking the seat previously held by new Chief Justice Mark Martin.
Hunter was appointed to the seat by Gov. Pat McCrory after appointing Martin to succeed retiring Chief Justice Sarah Parker.
Hunter previously sat on the Court of Appeals. He is seeking a full term on the Supreme Court in November's election. His opponent is Appeals Court Justice Sam "Jimmy" Ervin IV.
Hunter's investiture will take place at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court building in downtown Raleigh.  

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