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SEQUESTER FESTER DAY 68
Memorial Day Parade short on funding due to sequestration (Washington Post) -- Organizers have pledged to kick off the May 27 celebration near the National Mall with a scaled-down event.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/05/08/memorial-day-parade-loses-sponsors-org...

LEGISLATURE
Senate Republicans offer more on NC tax overhaul (AP) -- As Senate Republicans unveiled more details about their long-awaited tax overhaul proposal on Tuesday, they said lowering income tax rates and expanding the scope of the sales tax is fair to all, would boost the state's economy and cut taxes for most citizens. But plan critics say lower-income people will pay more overall.
http://www.wral.com/senate-republicans-offer-more-on-nc-tax-overhaul/12420862/

Details of Senate Republicans' tax proposal (AP) -- Details released Tuesday by Senate leader Phil Berger's office and other documents about the upcoming "North Carolina Tax Fairness Act of 2013" sought by Senate Republicans, followed by examples of potential tax amount changes if the proposal became law according to a tax calculator on www.nctaxcut.com , a web site sponsored by the N.C. Republican Senate Caucus. Plan details:
http://www.wral.com/details-of-senate-republicans-tax-proposal/12422049/

Senate provides more tax reform details, but no bill (WRAL-TV) -- Senate leaders say their bill would expand sales taxes to many services as well as prescription drugs. Income taxes rates would drop, but some families would end up paying more in taxes.
http://www.wral.com/senate-provides-more-details-but-no-bill-on-tax-reform/12420808/

Lawmakers Outline Details Of Tax Reform Plan (WUNC-FM) -- Lawmakers in the state Senate have unveiled more details of their proposal to overhaul the state's tax code, though they haven't filed a bill yet. They propose lowering income tax rates significantly over the next three years. They also seek to lower the combined local and state sales tax to 6.5 percent.
http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-outline-details-tax-reform-plan

Berger lays out plan for widespread tax cuts (News14-TV) -- A new tax overhaul plan introduced Tuesday would give North Carolina one of the broadest sales tax bases in the country. Senate leader Phil Berger says the plan would cut taxes overall by about $1 billion, including cuts to the top individual income tax rate and the corporate income tax rate.

Senate GOP debuts far-reaching tax overhaul (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A much-anticipated plan to overhaul the North Carolina tax system by cutting personal and corporate income taxes in exchange for a broader sales tax on services such as haircuts and car repairs made its debut Tuesday in the state Senate.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2876647/senate-gop-to-debut-major-tax.html

Senate rolls out tax plan, House yawns Raleigh News & Observer) -- Top Senate Republicans detailed a much-anticipated plan Tuesday to overhaul the state’s tax system by cutting personal and corporate income taxes in exchange for a broader sales tax applied to everything from haircuts to car repairs. Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said the forthcoming legislation would trim the personal income tax from the highest 7.75 percent rate to 4.5 percent over three years and cut the corporate income tax from the current 6.9 percent to 6 percent. The combined local and state sales tax would fall from 6.75 percent to 6.5 percent, but it would apply to hundreds of services currently exempted, including prescription drugs. The food tax would increase from the current 2 percent to the full sales tax rate, more than a three-fold increase. The plan represents a retreat for Senate Republicans who earlier this year announced intentions to eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, a proposal also floated by Gov. Pat McCrory on the campaign trail. And many questions remain because lawmakers have not filed the exact legislation yet. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, released the following statement concerning the tax reform proposal: "I applaud the work of Sen. Berger, Sen. Rucho, and other leaders in the North Carolina Senate in developing the plan that was previewed today. Their proposal is a positive first step in our critical discussion about how to reform North Carolina's tax structure and move our state toward a more stable economy. I look forward to working with Gov. McCrory and the Senate to reach a consensus plan that moves our state to an economically sustainable tax system and promotes job creation."
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/senate_rolls_out_tax_plan_house_yawns

NC House gives initial OK to repeal estate tax (AP) -- North Carolina's tax on a dead person's financial assets would be repealed in legislation approved by House members who say the estate tax hurts family-owned farms.
http://www.wral.com/nc-house-gives-initial-ok-to-repeal-estate-tax/12422437/

House puts first nail in coffin for NC 'death tax' (WRAL-TV) -- North Carolina's estate tax would end under a proposal the House tentatively approved Tuesday.
http://www.wral.com/house-puts-first-nail-in-coffin-for-nc-death-tax-/12422133/

Teen medical ban heads to House floor (WRAL-TV) -- A proposal to require notarized parental consent for mental health, substance abuse, or reproductive care for teens passed a key House committee today.
http://www.wral.com/teen-medical-ban-heads-to-house-floor/12421471/

Parental consent for treatment of STDs in N.C. bill (Wilmington Star-News) -- The bill includes exceptions where federal healthcare funding prohibits such restrictions
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130507/ARTICLES/130509738&tc=email_newsletter

'Son of Ten' resurfaces in House Rules (WRAL-TV) -- A new version of Senate Bill 10, the bill revamping state boards and commissions, will be filed as a Rules bill after the House voted down the conference report.
http://www.wral.com/-son-of-ten-resurfaces-in-house/12422351/

Son of Senate Bill 10 (Raleigh News & Observer) --That's what House Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore jokingly called a revised bill that would change the composition of state boards and commissions and purge some of their Democratic appointees. The House and Senate got hung up on Senate Bill 10 last month over a provision that would fire Special Superior Court Judges. The Senate wanted to get rid of them, the House wanted to keep them. The new House bill removes the judge firings, and eliminates sections on the State Board of Elections and the Utilities Commission.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/son_of_senate_bill_10

Asheville will sue over water merger bill (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to sue the state to stop the looming forced merger of its water system with the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130508/NEWS/305080030/Asheville-will-sue-over-water-merger-bill

Asheville City Council approves legal action over water bill (Carolina Public Press) -- Tuesday night, Asheville City Council passed a resolution authorizing legal action to challenge House Bill 488, should it become law.
http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/15196/asheville-city-council-approves-legal-action-over-water-bill/

NC House bill would end LEED certifications for state government buildings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Legislation in the NC House would promote the use of lumber produced in the state. Most local timber is cultivated under forestry standards that don’t meet the prestigious LEED green building certification.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2877717/nc-house-bill-would-end-leed-certifications.html

Whistleblower gag bill clears Senate Commerce (WRAL-TV) -- The measure would prohibit workers from applying for jobs under false pretenses and then use video to document the workplace. Opponents say the measure would preclude investigations by journalists and others.
http://www.wral.com/whistleblower-gag-bill-clears-senate-commerce/12422346/

Businesses worry over impact of allowing, barring guns (WRAL-TV) -- With the state House poised to give final approval Tuesday to legislation that would expand the number of places in North Carolina where people can carry concealed weapons, some business owners expressed reservations about the idea.
http://www.wral.com/some-businesses-oppose-relaxation-of-nc-gun-regulations/12419986/

N.C. House OKs guns on campuses over objections from administrators (Charlotte Observer) -- UNC Charlotte chancellor, others rip controversial bill allowing concealed-carry weapons on all public and private campuses.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/07/4028233/nc-house-oks-guns-on-campuses.html

HB937 could loosen concealed weapon laws (Kinston Free Press) -- Legislation that would amend various firearms laws passed in the House Tuesday. If House Bill 937 becomes a law, the carrying of concealed weapons would be relaxed — including permitting them on college campuses.
http://www.kinston.com/news/local/hb937-could-loosen-concealed-weapon-laws-1.139053/

NC House bill exempts judges, clerks on gun rules (AP) -- Proposed legislation which would include an exemption for North Carolina's judges and clerks of court from limits on where they can carry concealed weapons passed the state House on Tuesday.
http://www.wral.com/nc-house-bill-exempts-judges-clerks-on-gun-rules/12422117/

Guns bill clears House after debate curtailed (WRAL-TV) -- Legislation allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, state property, greenways and bike trails, at sporting events and in businesses that serve alcohol received final approval from the state House Tuesday.
http://www.wral.com/guns-bill-clears-house-after-debate-curtailed/12421444/

House passes gun bill; Democrats object to GOP tactic tabling amendments (Raleigh News & Observer) -- As expected, the state House on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring their firearms into bars, restaurants that serve alcohol, college campuses and parks. Approval of what is likely the major gun bill of the session – by a vote of 78-42 -- came after lengthy debate on Monday and Tuesday. Democrats emphatically complained that the GOP leadership repeatedly thwarted their efforts to amend the bill. Republicans used a legislative maneuver to table proposed amendments 12 times (once for a Republican amendment). Before Tuesday’s session, Democratic lawmakers called a news conference to complain about the tactic limiting the debate.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/house_passes_gun_bill_democrats_object_to_gop_tactic...
NC Senate passes Charter School Board bill (AP) -- A bill creating a separate approval and oversight board for taxpayer-funded charter schools in North Carolina has passed the state Senate. The Republican bill passed Tuesday creates a new board to approve charters and determine whether they're meeting expectations. The State Board of Education, which currently has final approval, could veto a charter board action within 45 days if three quarters of members oppose it.
http://www.wral.com/nc-senate-passes-charter-school-board-bill/12421897/

Senate passes bill to create separate charter school board (WRAL-TV) -- Charters schools would be governed by a newly create board under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.
http://www.wral.com/senate-passes-bill-to-create-separate-charter-school-board/12421603/

NC House votes to shrink pre-K eligibility (AP) -- A bill narrowing eligibility for North Carolina's pre-kindergarten program is headed to the state Senate after getting final House approval. The House passed the bill Tuesday with some changes.
http://www.wral.com/nc-house-votes-to-narrow-pre-k-eligibility/12421789/

House approves Pre-K changes, beer sales (WRAL-TV) -- A proposal to cut in half the number of children eligible for the state's free pre-kindergarten program won House approval Tuesday. Meanwhile, the House also gave final approval to a bill allowing in-stand beer sales at professional sporting events.
http://www.wral.com/house-approves-pre-k-changes-beer-sales/12421957/

McCormick Field eyes in-stand beer sales (Asheville Citizen-Times)-- Fans at McCormick Field would be able to avoid the beer lines under a state law that might pass in time for the summer baseball season.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130508/NEWS/305080034/McCormick-Field-eyes-stand-beer-sales

House bill relaxes rules for stadium alcohol sales (AP) -- A bill relaxing rules for selling beer to seated fans at North Carolina stadiums has passed the state House.
http://www.wral.com/house-bill-relaxes-rules-for-stadium-alcohol-sales/12422278/

NC House votes to bar sex-selective abortions (AP) — Seeking to further restrict abortions in North Carolina, the Republican-led House voted Tuesday to approve legislation that would prohibit the carrying out of abortions on the basis of the gender of the fetus.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-house-votes-bar-sex-selective-abortions-1975621

House passes restrictions on abortion based on sex selection (WRAL-TV) -- Proponents of the bill say the measure will stop the abortions conducted because the child would be a boy or a girl. Opponents say the measure is meant to scare doctors.
http://www.wral.com/House-passes-restrictions-on-abortion-based-on-sex-selection/12422190/

NC House bill frees midwives of supervision (AP) — Certified midwives could practice without the supervision of a physician in North Carolina under a bill making its way through the House.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-house-bill-frees-midwives-supervision-1974775

Funding guarantee for bridge blocked (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) -- State lawmakers have turned back another attempt to guarantee state funding for the Mid-Currituck Bridge.
http://www.dailyadvance.com/community/currituck/funding-guarantee-bridge-blocked-1975505

Turnpike projects removed from NC House bill (AP) — Three contentious turnpike projects are no longer included in Gov. Pat McCrory's transportation overhaul.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/turnpike-projects-removed-nc-house-bill-1974719

NC rural interests easily win a bigger share of Strategic Mobility Formula funds (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Without comment from urban legislators, a House committee yielded to rural complaints Tuesday with a unanimous vote to shift the distribution of state transportation money in Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed Strategic Mobility Formula. McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata want to reserve 40 percent of an expected $16 billion over the next decade for statewide and major regional transportation needs – a new priority that is expected to help tackle freeway congestion and other big-city problems. They propose to divide another 40 percent equally among seven regions across the state, with the remaining 20 percent shared among the Department of Transportation’s 14 divisions, where local political leaders would have a big say in the spending decisions. The House Appropriations Committee amended the plan to provide equal 30 percent shares for the regional and division levels. That would make the state-regional-division money split 40-30-30, instead of the original 40-40-20.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/07/4028078/nc-rural-interests-easily-win.html

Legislators send Caylee's Law to McCrory (WRAL-TV) -- Five years after Florida toddler Caylee Anthony disappeared and was later found dead, North Carolina lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would make it a crime not to report a missing child in a timely manner.
http://www.wral.com/legislators-send-caylee-s-law-to-mccrory/12420843/

N.C. NAACP’s Barber urges pastors to join protests against legislature (Fayetteville Observer) – N.C. NAACP President William Barber urged Baptist church pastors on Tuesday to join efforts to fight a wave of state lawmaking that he thinks threatens the poor, public education and voting rights.
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/08/1255464?sac=fo.local

Clash of the conservatives (Salisbury Post) -- N.C. Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, speaking to a tea party group on April 27 (in a video posted online): “I’m potentially getting myself in real trouble telling you this stuff,” Pittman tells the crowd. “Then, none of my bills will go anywhere, but they’re not going anywhere anyway. …” Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Cornelius, speaker of the N.C. House, on Facebook on May 4: “I was the GOP minority whip in 2009. My job was to get conservative Democrats to help us defeat liberal legislation. The Democratic leaders, heavily influenced by their most liberal members and far-left groups, could not resist the pressure to move too far too fast. They did not compromise and they went too far. They got out of step with the citizens of NC and they lost their majority as a result. It was their lack of discipline that laid the groundwork for Republicans to have House/Senate super majorities, a GOP governor, and (lieutenant) governor. Our lack of discipline will lay the groundwork for their ascendency and if they succeed we will only have ourselves to blame.”
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20130508/SP05/130509769/1012/clash-of-the-conservatives

Tillis to Host Education Innovation Day on Wednesday (N.C. Political News) -- House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) will host a press conference on education innovation at 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 8. He will be joined in the press conference room of the Legislative Building by House education leaders, state business leaders and state education leaders who have shown a commitment to innovation in education.
http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=1637

POLICY & POLITICS
McCrory wants to make it easier to fire poorly performing state workers (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that he would seek the most sweeping overhaul of the State Personnel Act since the 1950s, making it easier to both fire and reward state employees. McCrory said he would ask for changes in the law that protects about 120,000 state workers from arbitrary and political firings. He said his top administration officials were seeking more flexibility in managing state workers and would unveil new legislation in a House committee on Wednesday. Speaking at a Council of State meeting, the governor said he wants “legislation that would give us more flexibility to help promote and give incentives to good employees who are doing a good job and at the same time dealing with employees are not doing a good job.”
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/07/4027589/gov-mccrory-wants-to-make-it-easier.html

McCrory wants more flexibility to hire, fire (WRAL-TV) -- The state personnel act is a 60-year-old law that governs how and when most state workers can be hired and fired. The governor has some flexibility when it comes to "exempt" positions, but others are subject to rigid rules when it comes to raising their salaries or being fired.
http://www.wral.com/McCrory-wants-more-flexibility-to-hire-fire/12419316/

Should Universities Move Away From a Liberal Arts Education? (Governing) -- How to translate that need into a revamped K-12 and higher education system, though, is an ongoing debate. President Obama wants to recruit and train 100,000 new teachers in the STEM subjects. The Common Core standards, which will be implemented in nearly every state starting next year, are tailored toward STEM. But a few conservative governors want to go a step farther. They've suggested it's time to stop spending money on a traditional liberal arts education and instead focus our resources on classes and degrees connected directly to those new jobs in advanced manufacturing. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory caused an uproar a few months ago when he claimed that an "educational elite" had created a college curriculum that doesn't benefit students and doesn't guarantee that they'll be employed when they enter the real world. "If you want to take a gender studies course, that's fine. Go to a private school, and take it," McCrory said in an interview with conservative talk show host Bill Bennett. "But I don't want to subsidize that if that's not going to get someone a job." McCrory isn't the only one to voice that kind of sentiment.
http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-should-universities-move-away-from-liberal-arts-education.html

NC To Get $12.3 Million More From Feds For Hurricane Sandy (WITN-TV) – Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) announced Tuesday North Carolina will receive $12.3 million in federal funding to repair damage caused by hurricane Sandy. The money is in addition to the 17.6 million the state received in April to repair inlets and waterways. This latest round of aid to North Carolina will fund projects to repair and restore refuges and hatcheries, clear trash and hazardous materials, as well as repair and restore parks facilities.
http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/NC-To-Get-123-Million-More-From-Feds-For-Hurricane-Sandy-Damage-2...

Board opposes McCrory’s plot to close communication centers (Washington Daily News) -- Beaufort County is the latest local government to approve a resolution stating its opposition to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan to close the N.C. State Highway Patrol communication centers in Williamston, Greensboro and Asheville.
http://www.wdnweb.com/2013/05/08/board-opposes-closing-communication-centers/

UNC-CH seeking changes to sex assault policies (WRAL-TV) -- As federal investigators examine how UNC-Chapel Hill handles sexual assault cases on campus, a university task force will be picking apart policies and procedures in hopes of improving its system.
http://www.wral.com/unc-ch-seeking-changes-to-sex-assault-policies/12422234/

Auto parts manufacturers to bring 127 jobs to NC (AP) -- A Brazilian-based manufacturer of turbochargers, gas turbines, compressors and other related automotive parts says it's opening its first North American manufacturing facility in Lincoln County. Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Tuesday that Borghetti Turbos North America, Inc., plans to create 127 jobs and invest more than $3.7 million in Lincolnton over the next three years. The plant will make turbochargers for its customer base in the U.S., South Africa and Eastern Europe.
http://www.wral.com/auto-parts-manufacturers-to-bring-127-jobs-to-nc/12421704/

State grant helps lure 127 jobs (Triangle Business Journal) -- A Brazilian automotive engine manufacturer will create 127 jobs in Lincoln County near Charlotte, a move credited to a state grant.
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2013/05/07/state-grant-helps-lure-127-jobs.html

NC Secretary of State Launches Mobile Website (N.C. Political News) -- The North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office has launched a mobile version of the Department’s website. The mobile site, m.sosnc.com, allows anyone to search the SOS Corporations, Lobbying Compliance, UCC Debtor, Federal Tax Lien, and Charitable Solicitation Licensing databases from web-enabled smartphones or tablets. After searching in one of the databases, users can simply pull up PDFs of filings.
http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=1624

2 NC Highway Patrol cars vandalized on Ocracoke (AP) -- Authorities say vandals used paint and concrete to damage two N.C. Highway Patrol cars on Ocracoke Island after troopers handed out nearly 60 tickets while enforcing traffic laws.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/2-nc-highway-patrol-cars-vandalized-ocracoke-1974923

Goodwin tapped for new post by McCrory (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Gov. Pat McCrory tapped a former Chowan County commissioner to be his eastern North Carolina representative. Eddy Goodwin, who left the Chowan board last fall after making an unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, will serve as McCrory’s regional director for eastern North Carolina.
http://www.reflector.com/news/goodwin-tapped-new-post-mccrory-1975729

Search to start for new ports CEO; chairman calls for more transparency (Port City Daily) -- The search is on for a new chief executive officer for the N.C. State Ports Authority—three months after it was said to begin.
http://portcitydaily.com/2013/05/07/search-set-to-start-for-new-ports-ceo/

Ex-director of Four County Community Service appeals March firing to nonprofit's board; no decision reached (Fayetteville Observer) -- Richard Greene, the former director of Four-County Community Services, appealed Tuesday night the nonprofit board's decision to fire him.
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/08/1255535?sac=fo.local

Mark Sanford makes political comeback (Washington Post) -- The conservative electorate of South Carolina’s First Congressional District voted Tuesday to resurrect the political career of disgraced former governor Mark Sanford (R) by returning him to his former House seat. He defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2013/05/07/7ab18818-b747-11e2-aa9e-a02b765ff0ea_story.html

County commission fires longtime manager Harry Jones (Charlotte Observer) -- After months of growing tensions between longtime Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones and county commissioners, the board voted Tuesday to terminate Jones after 13 years on the job.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/07/4027306/effort-underway-to-fire-county.html

GENERAL NEWS
Bear traps females in van (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- A woman and her daughter were trapped in a vehicle on Sunday by a black bear snacking on garbage in their yard southeast of Greenville.
http://www.reflector.com/news/bear-traps-females-van-1975767

Army brings old cemetery at Fort Bragg into digital era (Raleigh News &Observer) -- Soldiers are working this week to document all 3,193 people buried under 2,644 headstones at Fort Bragg’s Main Post Cemetery.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2877803/army-brings-old-cemetery-into.html

Billionaire plans gift to NC life sciences center (AP) -- The 90-year-old head of Dole Food Company Inc. is creating a permanent fund to sustain the operations of a North Carolina food, agriculture and health research institute which bears his name.
http://www.wral.com/billionaire-plans-gift-to-nc-life-sciences-center/12423151/

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Alcoa, Stanly County reach agreement (Salisbury Post) -- Stanly County officials gave the green light to Alcoa’s efforts to obtain a water-quality certificate — one of the last hurdles in the corporation’s pursuit of a renewed federal license — in a 3-2 vote that ended a longtime conflict between the two sides Monday night. Commission Chairman Gene McIntyre, Vice Chair Josh Morton and Commissioner Peter Ascuitto voted in favor of the contested agreement. The three votes broke a longtime stalemate over whether Alcoa should be allowed another federal license that would permit the corporation to operate dams that feed four lakes, including High Rock, for up to 50 more years. … The agreement, according to the settlement, includes the following: Alcoa will support Stanly County’s request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for future water withdrawals of up to 30 million gallons of water per day. In addition, Alcoa will provide Stanly County with 20 acres of land, plus right of way, for a potential water treatment plant; Stanly County will support Alcoa’s application for a water-quality certificate from the N.C. DENR and a 50-year FERC license for the Yadkin Project; • Alcoa and Stanly County will work together to recruit new jobs and promote economic development to Stanly County and the Badin Business Park; Alcoa will provide $3 million to Stanly County, including $1 million to be used for economic development; Alcoa will pay Stanly County an additional $100,000 for each year that the term of the FERC license exceeds 40 years; Alcoa and Stanly County will stay all current legal issues. All pending lawsuits and appeals will be dismissed once Alcoa receives a final 401 water-equality certificate from the N.C. Div. of Water Quality.
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20130507/SP01/130509796/1023/alcoa-stanly-county-reach-agreement

NC House bill would end LEED certifications for state government buildings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Legislation in the NC House would promote the use of lumber produced in the state. Most local timber is cultivated under forestry standards that don’t meet the prestigious LEED green building certification.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2877717/nc-house-bill-would-end-leed-certifications.html

Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy (WUNC-FM) -- A variety of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections are making their way through the General Assembly.
http://wunc.org/post/why-legislators-are-changing-state-environmental-policy

Cherry-picking climate change survey (Washington Post Fact-Checker) -- GOP congressman says a survey of scientists on climate change has been discredited. We dig into the facts. Four Pinocchios http://www.washingtonpost.com/rw/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/fact-checker/StandingArt/pinocchio_4.j...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/cherry-picking-one-survey-to-discredit-a-surve...

Wyo., NC, C130 crews practice fighting wildfires (AP) — Air National Guard units from Wyoming and North Carolina are getting practice this week using C-130 cargo planes to fight wildfires.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/wyo-nc-c130-crews-practice-fighting-wildfires-1974803

The politics of natural gas exports (Politico) -- Ex-senators say the private sector, not government, should decide whether to export LNG.
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/ex-senators-weigh-in-on-lng-exports-91037.html

Hoop Pole Gives Kids a Taste of the Coast (Coastal Review) -- Students from the N.C. School for the Deaf spent some time at the federation's Hoop Pole Creek Preserve to learn about the coastal environment. Some of the kids had never been to the beach before.
http://nccoast.org/Article.aspx?k=7a0dc056-263d-41af-ae4b-1006d5c7a349

Shrimp Committee to Meet May 15 (N.C. Political News) -- The Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 6 p.m., May 15 at the Craven County Agricultural Extension Building, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.
http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=1644

Neuse advocacy groups to sue Jones hog farmers (New Bern Sun Journal) -- Neuse advocacy groups to sue Jones hog farmers.
http://www.newbernsj.com/news/local/neuse-advocacy-groups-to-sue-jones-hog-farmers-1.139027/

EDITORIALS
ALEC's guy is Thom Tillis (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Thom Tillis and his Republican mates on Jones Street weren’t elected to march to orders issued by some national organization. Perhaps if they kept their eyes and ears open for constituents, their legislative agenda might be more about them and less about doing ALEC’s bidding.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2877941/alecs-guy-is-thom-tillis.html

One company’s objections could cause rewrite of proposed rules on fracking (Wilmington Star-News) -- Halliburton objected to a set of proposed regulations on fracking on the grounds of 'trade secrets.'
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130507/ARTICLES/130509726/1108/opinion?Title=Editorial-One-c...

Involve notary publics in teen health decisions (Greensboro News & Record) -- If you’d told me when I woke up this morning that an N.C. House of Representatives committee would vote to involve notary publics in the process of a 15 year old girl getting treatment for an alcohol problem or an STD, I don’t think I would have believed you. But that is what House Bill 693 does in an effort to make sure parents know what their children are getting into.
http://www.news-record.com/blogs/northstatepolitics/1184712-155/bill-involve-notary-publics-in

Chancellor Holden Thorp’s lament (New York Times column) -- By most measures, Holden Thorp’s five-year tenure as the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is coming to an end next month, was a roaring success. The university went from 19th to ninth in federal research grants. Undergraduate applications rose 43 percent. And, at a time when university budgets are under extreme pressure, Thorp helped keep UNC an affordable public university.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/07/4028191/chancellor-holden-thorps-lament.html

Hold on Hoffman (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The sale of Hoffman Forest by N.C. State University should be more closely examined, and the details of any transaction must be fully disclosed in advance.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/07/2877950/hold-on-hoffman.html

With pig-waste asphalt, the Ivory Tower leads way to practical applications (Winston-Salem Journal) -- There’s a constituency in our society that laughs at the seemingly useless investigations conducted by Ivory-tower professors.
http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_786c8dde-b74f-11e2-b376-0019bb30f31a.html

Public funding for judicial races works (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- One of the blessings of listening to retired statesmen is they often leave behind partisan expectations and look toward a common good.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/public-funding-judicial-races-works-1975539

Comments

LEED Certification Bill

Having spent 25 years in the building design/construction industry, including several dozen projects over the years for K-12 schools, community colleges, and the university system, I can honestly say that I have very mixed feelings about LEED certification. So whatever the justification for the legislation, I don't feel very strongly opposed to eliminating a requirement for LEED certification. There are other benchmarks of "green building" that are less expensive to implement, while delivering comparable "green performance" in energy and other measures. There are times, quite frankly, where the LEED program seems to be nothing more than a cash cow for the US Green Building Council, with continually moving targets for accreditation for industry professionals and for facility certification.

One other pet peeve - why don't reporters/editors include bill numbers in their reporting?

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

LEED "certification"

LEED is a scam. I was a civil engineer for 20 years and worked on many LEED projects and this certification is nice to have, the expense to get is just not worth it. To become a LEED approved designer is very expensive and you are "encouraged" to get several different certifications.

Taxes

I'm torn I like lower taxes. But I don't like more sales taxes. I like sales taxes because basically you pay as a result of you economic activity. but I think that NC will suffer quite a bit a revenue loss because people can easily do many things themselves that they will now have to pay sales tax on. NC should abolish the tax on food of all types for sure. and clothes as well.

For instance. Plumber a lot of that you can do yourself. Haircuts. For men maybe the wife will do it now instead of a barber. Oil change. With Tax on it maybe now I'll go back to doing mine instead of my mechanic. So I'm a bit torn on it. It would make people more self sufficient and that good. Don't know.

More sales taxes equals

More sales taxes equals more pain for those least able to pay them - the poor, the unemployed, etc., and for what? To reduce the burden of those most able to bear it. Even if I didn't have a dog in the fight (as a very small services provider) I'd have to be against this sales tax malarkey on principle. It's just plain wrong.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Concealed weapons

If I owned a restaurant or bar, I'd continue to enforce a no-weapons policy. Guns present on the premises would lead to uncomfortable patrons and higher insurance rates. As for state-funded universities, I'd sue the legislature over this one; it's a public safety issue.

Universities and guns

Or the university system could raise fees for student health services to cover the cost of additional training and equipment to cover the cost of emergency trauma and emergency treatment for possible gun violence on campus, which would be much more likely with weapons on campus, then let parents lobby the legislature about the added expense. Oh, and general student fees or tuition will increase as well since campus police will require additional skills and training to deal with the presence of guns on campus.

Let's face it - throwing guns into the two areas - university campuses and bars - that combine alcohol with overactive emotions can only end in more violence. It's grossly negligent and misguided and will only wind up discouraging parents to send their kids somewhere else for college - people still remember Virginia Tech.