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Thursday, September 26, 2013

More layoffs at Durham's Herald-Sun

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The Herald-Sun in Durham has laid off several employees, the second round of job cuts since 2011. A source knowledgeable about the situation told the INDY that four to six people may have lost their jobs, but the number could not be confirmed. The staff box online lists 18 people in the newsroom, not including Editor Bob Ashley. If these figures are correct, the editorial department could have as few as a dozen employees. Ashley referred questions regarding the layoffs to publisher Rick Bean. The The Herald-Sun is owned by Paxton Media Group, headquartered in Paducah, Ky. Paxton officials also...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

N.C. Legislative Black Caucus blasts Aldona Wos, McCrory, DHHS

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus held an impromptu press conference Wednesday afternoon to address what several legislators called flaws and failures within the Department of Health and Human Services, including the “questionable judgment” of the agency’s secretary, Aldona Wos. A letter addressed to Wos and Gov. Pat McCrory, which was hand-delivered following the conference, admonished Wos for “choosing to communicate via email with only 17 of 170 N.C. legislators about the status of the Department and issues reported on the press.” Most pressing of these issues, perhaps, are the recent food stamps delays (NC FAST) in a number of...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Senate also overrides bills, now law

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Two bills became law in the span of 10 minutes this morning, notwithstanding Gov. Pat McCrory's earlier vetoes. The N.C. Senate voted 34-10 to override House Bill 392, which requires people applying for public assistance to be drug tested. The Senate voted 39-5 to override House Bill 786, an immigration law which creates a loophole that would expand the seasonal worker E-Verify system exemption from 90 days to nearly 9 months. Sen. Jim Davis urged his colleagues to vote to override HB 392. "This bill is not and never was a way to fight criminal drug abuse," Davis said. "It's...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

House overrides McCrory's vetoes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The N.C. House voted to override Gov. McCrory's vetoes of two bills Tuesday afternoon, following a very short discussion. The House sustained House Bill 392, a bill requiring people applying for public assistance to undergo drug testing, in a 77-39 vote. The House also sustained House Bill 786, a bill expanding the seasonal worker E-Verify system exemption from 90 days to nearly 9 months, in 84-32 vote. The vote to override the gubernatorial veto of HB 392 came after bipartisan pleas to keep the veto in place. Under the bill, people applying to receive welfare benefits (TANF) will be drug...

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