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Thursday, May 23, 2013

War and NASCAR: America-F&#$-Yeah

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Dear NASCAR, You are from North Carolina and as such I respect you. Your outlaw origins in running moonshine are badass. But this is some patriotism-pandering, redneck bullshit: Lt. Col. Oliver “Ollie” North—lead henchmen in the Iran-Contra scandal and Fox News commentator—is being presented the Stonewall Jackson Award at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte this weekend. In case you need a history refresher, the Iran-Contra scandal was rooted in Ronald Reagan’s philosophy to prop up any group—no matter how heinous—fighting against communist governments. North’s role was to coordinate selling guns and missiles to Iran—which was prohibited under an arms embargo—and...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

EPA to hold public meeting tonight about water contamination in Wake Forest

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Federal and state environmental officials will hold a public meeting tonight about an area of suspected water contamination in Wake Forest. The meeting, hosted by the EPA and N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is scheduled for 6—8 p.m. at the Stony Hill Fire Department, 7045 Stony Hill Road, in Wake Forest. The discussion is expected to focus on the construction of new water service lines and the clean up of the chemical TCE at the site. TCE is a liquid, often used as a solvent and degreaser. Long-term exposure can cause developmental and neurological damage and cancer. Short-term,...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

New AFL-CIO report evaluates worker health and safety

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Working could be hazardous to your health. In "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," an annual report released last week, the AFL-CIO evaluated the health and safety of American workers. The report examines occupational fatalities, injuries and illnesses on state and federal levels, categorized by type, industry, race and gender. It also includes information about Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) funding, inspections, violations and penalties. According to the report, 148 workers were killed on the job in North Carolina in 2011. With a fatality rate of 3.7 per 100,000 people, North Carolina ranks slightly higher than the...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Indeed, Cardinal Innovations receives federal funding

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

As an addendum to today's story, Cardinal Innovations spokeswoman Rachel Porter confirmed after deadline Tuesday that her agency—known in official lingo as a managed care organization—does indeed receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That information is key because it confirms the state-funded Cardinal Innovations, formerly known as Piedmont Behavioral Health, is subject to the findings of a federal investigation into whether Cardinal has broken federal law by denying mental health care reimbursements for the treatment of undocumented immigrants in its 15-county service area, which includes Orange and Chatham counties. As reported in today's...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

One N.C. county says "no" to fracking

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Expect the debate of local vs. state control over fracking to only swell. Tuesday night, commissioners in Anson County approved a 5-year fracking ban as they gather more information on the drilling and its prospective pros and cons. Leaders in the rural county east of Charlotte were pushed to approve the moratorium by at least one local environmentalist, according to Hope Taylor, an anti-fracking activist with Clean Water for North Carolina. Anson joins the Granville County town of Creedmoor in passing an anti-fracking ordinance, although it's unclear whether state lawmakers will eventually trump local control in fracking legislation. Fracking is...

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Hofmann Forest sale sparks protest

Posted By on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Continuing backlash against the proposed sale of Hofmann Forest has reached Chancellor Randy Woodson's doorstep, where protestors installed a mini-installation of the forest Monday morning. Ron Sutherland The proposed sale of the forest has had to jump through several bureaucratic hoops over the past several months, but is nearing completion. The N.C. State Natural Resources Foundation, which controls the forest, has identified a potential buyer and is waiting for final approval of the sale from the university's Board of Trustees of its endowment fund. A group of five protestors organized a cluster of baby pine trees at the gate to...

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