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Animals
5:37 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Vance County Holds Fundraiser for New Animal Shelter

Vance County Animal Shelter
Credit wral.com

Vance County has received a donation of five acres for a new animal shelter. Now leaders need to raise $1.6 million for the building.

WRAL-TV reported the shelter hasn't been renovated since opening 40 years ago. It has space for about 85 animals and operates on a $389,000 budget.

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Health and Wellness
5:30 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Buncombe County Lags Rest of NC in Child Vaccination Rate

State Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) is sponsoring a bill to get rid of religious exemptions from immunizations
Mountain XPress

State figures show a rise in the rate of children in Buncombe County opting out of required vaccinations.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that about one in 20 kindergarten students at the beginning of this school year had opted out of immunization, a higher percentage than the previous year. Almost all claimed religious beliefs.

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Politics
8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Medical Marijuana Bill Supporters Gather at NC Legislature

Jeff Barnard/AP

Supporters of the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina are trying to persuade lawmakers to back it now that more than 20 states have similar laws.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 100 people rallied Thursday at the Legislative Building for a medical cannabis law. Chief bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte says momentum is growing for the idea. There are 14 other bill co-sponsors. But the measure still faces an uphill climb in the House. It would have to clear five committees to reach the chamber floor.

Politics
8:09 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC House Elects 5 Newcomers, 3 Incumbents to UNC Board

UNC Board of Governors
wncn.com

The state House's picks to serve on the University of North Carolina governing board for the next four years include five newcomers and three incumbents.

The chamber elected eight people to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors, as it does every other year.

New members include former state Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd; ex-Rutherford County Sheriff Philip Byers; accountant Walter Davenport; attorney Joe Knott III; and land developer Alex Mitchell. Re-elected were James Holmes Jr., Mary Ann Maxwell and David Powers

The Senate picked eight members Wednesday.

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Politics
7:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NC Senate Elects 4 Incumbents, 4 New Members of UNC Board, Including Former Sen. Goolsby

Former NC Sen. Thom Goolsby
twitter.com/goolsbyncsenate

A former state senator, federal magistrate judge and president of an auto parts company are among the newest members of the University of North Carolina system's governing board.

The state Senate elected eight people Wednesday to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors for four-year terms starting July 1. The House is expected to hold its similar biennial election Thursday.

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Environment
7:04 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Fracking Rules Take Effect as Changes Are Signed into Law

An exploratory well drills for oil in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013.
Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters/ Landov via stateimpact.npr.org

 Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday.

The set of 120 rules was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel.

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Politics
7:03 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Requests for NC Public Records Results in Long Waits, Fees

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation of his public safety secretary after only six months on the job.

The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story.

In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary.

Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting.

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Politics
10:59 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Tillis Visits Prison at Guantanamo, Says It Should Stay Open

nchousespeaker.com

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says he thinks the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open after traveling to the site.

Tillis said he visited the base this week with four other freshmen Republican senators. For 13 years, the base has been a detention camp to hold terrorism suspects after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tillis says Guantanamo holds some of the most heinous and evil criminals of our time and still plays a key role in protecting America from terrorism.

Tillis vowed to make sure the base stays open.

Politics
8:29 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Bills to Retool 2 Large Local NC Governments Head to House

Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Bills that rework district boundaries and representation on two large North Carolina local governments are heading to the House after their final OKs by the Senate.

Senators voted Thursday for the two measures filed by Republicans that change the structure of the Wake County board of commissioners and Greensboro city council. There was no floor debate Thursday compared to intense discussion Wednesday, when the bills passed initially on party-line votes.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Legislature Getting Involved in Local Governments

Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

 North Carolina Republican senators have entered again into affairs of local governments without being asked to do so, this time in Wake County and Greensboro.

The Senate planned Wednesday to debate and vote on measures that would rework the districts for Wake's commissioners and Greensboro's city council.

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