Daily dose

The war on women takes a devious turn:

Senate goes rogue, approves sweeping abortion bill (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state Senate voted Tuesday night on a measure that would add restrictions on abortions, forcing clinics to meet expensive license requirements and making it difficult for doctors to perform the procedures. Under the bill, abortion clinics would have to meet standards for licensure similar to those of ambulatory surgical centers. According to legislative staff, only one clinic in the state currently meets that standard. The bill would also require doctors to be present when women take a drug that induces abortions.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/senate_goes_rogue_approved_sweeping_abortion_bill

Abortion and tax debates cued up for Wednesday morning (WRAL-TV) -- Senators will take up a bill regulating how and when abortions may be performed during a Wednesday morning session. The chamber is also due to take up a tax cut bill.

http://www.wral.com/today-nccapitol-july-3-abortion-and-tax-debates-cued-up-for-wednesday-morning/12...

NC Senate gives preliminary approval to bill restricting abortions (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Abortion clinics in North Carolina would have to be licensed as surgical centers under a bill, which started out dealing with Islamic law, that will undergo a final vote Wednesday before being sent to the House.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006634/senate-to-vote-tonight-on-bill.html

Senate adds abortion restrictions to Sharia law bill (WRAL-TV) -- Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and investigative reporter Mark Binker analyze the Senate Republicans' surprise move to restrict abortions in North Carolina.

http://www.wral.com/tuesday-wrap-senate-adds-abortion-restrictions-to-sharia-law-bill-/12621830/

Senate tacks sweeping abortion legislation onto Sharia law bill (WRAL-TV) -- Abortion clinics would have to be licensed similarly to ambulatory surgical centers under the bill. The original bill would prohibit the use of foreign law, such as Sharia Law, in North Carolina courts.

http://www.wral.com/senate-tacks-sweeping-abortion-legislation-onto-sharia-law-bill/12621503/

NC's new abortion bill follows Texas, Ohio (WRAL-TV) -- The anti-abortion omnibus that emerged without warning late Tuesday has a lot in common with laws and proposals in other GOP-controlled states.

http://www.wral.com/nc-s-new-abortion-bill-follows-other-states/12621641/

NC Senate Republicans, without advance notice, bring out radical new abortion rules (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has tentatively approved legislation that would require abortion clinics to meet new operating standards and require physicians be present when the procedure is performed.

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_0d11dae0-e381-11e2-92bf-001a4bcf6878.html

SEQUESTER FESTER

Sequester Hits the Long-Term Unemployed (New York Times) -- Sunday was the five-year anniversary of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, a federal program signed into law by President George W. Bush that initially added 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to the standard 26 weeks states already offered eligible jobless workers. The 13 additional weeks of benefits were intended to be temporary, but as the recession worsened, Congress decided to keep the program going and even lengthened the amount of time that workers could receive benefits. For a while workers could receive as many as 99 weeks in some states, the longest duration of jobless benefits on record. Those benefits have been pared back over the last year and a half, though, and are being cut more severely now as a result of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. A new report from the National Employment Law Project calculates exactly how much: Of the more than $80 billion in automatic budget cuts that must occur between March 1 and Sept. 30, about $2.4 billion is being slashed from the federal emergency unemployment benefits program, says NELP, a labor-oriented research and advocacy group. Almost every state has carried out the federally mandated cuts to its unemployment benefits at this point, but many waited until recently to do so. The longer the states took to put the cuts into effect, the sharper the reduction in each remaining weekly benefit check. Note that there is one outlier in North Carolina, which on Monday ended its participation in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program altogether. That’s for reasons unrelated to the sequester; basically North Carolina reduced its state-level jobless benefits (which workers go on before qualifying for the later tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits) by so much that it is no longer legally eligible for the federal extended benefits.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/sequester-hits-the-long-term-unemployed/?emc=tnt&tntema...

Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg prep for furloughs (AP) -- Short-term layoffs at North Carolina's military bases are close to taking hold because of the federal budget cuts that went into effect earlier this year.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_84e3fc25-5bdb-510a-94fd-a4b5d16a08f1.html

Soldier wins back Fort Bragg’s Independence Day party (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Budget cuts canceled Fort Bragg’s annual Fourth of July celebration, but a soldier’s contest-winning essay made sure there would be fireworks for the troops and their families.

http://newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006708/soldier-wins-back-fort-braggs.html

LEGISLATURE

Wake DA Willoughby questions whether politics are pushing Moral Monday arrests (Raleigh News & Observer) --Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Tuesday that he worried General Assembly police might be responding to political pressures and not public safety concerns when arresting protesters at the Moral Monday demonstrations. Willoughby said on Tuesday that he had encouraged the General Assembly police to issue citations for trespassing as most agencies did in such situations. “It doesn’t lessen the charge or the court’s ability to try the cases,” Willoughby said, “and it would probably save the Wake County taxpayers over $100,000 in police, sheriff and processing costs, and salaries.” His response came after the chairwoman of the Wake County GOP questioned whether it was politics that motivated Willoughby to encourage General Assembly police chief Jeff Weaver to consider issuing citations to the demonstrators instead of the weekly arrests. On Monday night, 80 demonstrators were arrested inside the North Carolina Legislative Building after clapping loudly, singing, speaking, praying and refusing to leave when Weaver told the crowd to disperse or risk arrest.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006704/wake-county-da-questions-whether.html

More out-of-staters – 13% -- arrested in latest protest (WRAL-TV) -- Of the 82 people arrested during the Moral Monday protest this week, 11 were from out of state, according to arrest records.

http://www.wral.com/updated-protest-stats-/12620137/

Wealthy Tar Heels against potential tax cut (Kinston Free Press) -- Two dozen members of state’s top 5 percent want to see more funding toward vital resources.

http://www.kinston.com/news/local/wealthy-tar-heels-against-potential-tax-cut-1.167226/

NC Senate gives tentative approval to new tax plan (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has given its initial approval to the latest tax overhaul pushed by Republicans in the chamber.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_264573d6-a865-53ab-9534-34db82d84950.html

Senate Tentatively Passes Tax Plan (WUNC-FM) -- Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively approved a bill that would cut personal income tax rates and phase out the corporate income tax. It would set the personal income tax rate at 5.75 percent, and it would cap the gas tax rate for two years.

http://wunc.org/post/senate-tentatively-passes-tax-plan

Senate gives tentative approval to tax cut (WRAL-TV) -- Republican backers say the measure will spark job growth. Democratic opponents say the measure will require service cuts in order to curb taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals.

http://www.wral.com/senate-gives-tentative-approval-to-tax-cut/12620560/

NC Senate approves latest tax plan, still differs with McCrory and House (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The NC Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that cuts income taxes and limits government spending, but the House and Gov. Pat McCrory are not yet on board.

http://newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006672/senate-approves-latest-tax-plan.html

NC legislature backs curriculum change on abortion (AP) -- Legislation directing North Carolina public schools to teach that abortion and other activities put women at risk of premature births later is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_263eca55-72e6-5cfc-84f7-d2dcd353aeb2.html

Legislature struggles to put limits on HOAs (Wilmington Star-News) -- N.C. measure encourages mediation for problems

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130702/ARTICLES/130709892/1017/news01?Title=Legislature-stru...

Military Families' "Independence" Depends on State Tax Plans (Public News Service) -- As the nation gears up to celebrate Independence Day, those who have fought hard to defend it may be fighting a new tax proposal in the North Carolina General Assembly. House Bill 998 would let the state Earned Income Tax Credit expire.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/33301-1

Senate tinkering with 'ag gag' bill on undercover investigations (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The so-called "ag gag" bill now says state employees would be protected under the whistleblower law, but state senators still have concerns.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006680/senate-tinkering-with-undercover.html

Asheville water gives Greenville a headache (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to untangle the futures of the city water system and the one in Greenville in eastern North Carolina.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130703/NEWS/307030015/Asheville-water-gives-Greenville-headache

NC Senate backs bill with fracking fluid limits (AP) -- A bill restricting what the public could know about the chemicals that energy companies use to extract natural gas in North Carolina has received initial Senate approval.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_28fc7bfc-e893-51da-9025-f192b6b1b04d.html

Higher rewards from NC gov may soon be possible (AP) -- There soon could be more financial inducements at the disposal of North Carolina's governor to help capture fugitives and solve serious crimes.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_81d4456a-6397-5fa0-b3c5-953f51efe8ee.html

POLICY & POLITICS

Amid start-up problems, new NC Medicaid billing system processing claims (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday it's a positive sign that North Carolina's new Medicaid billing system is processing claims and other paperwork from doctors and hospitals -- albeit with a few setbacks.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_7712e5e1-e917-5440-b216-d0438aed72ad.html

NC economy slowly mending (Raleigh News & Observer) -- North Carolina is oh-so-slooooowly on track to bring unemployment below 7 percent statewide and below 6 percent in the Triangle by 2015, according to prognostications prepared by N.C. State University economist Michael Walden.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3005050/nc-economy-slowly-mending.html

Sequester Hits the Long-Term Unemployed (New York Times) -- Sunday was the five-year anniversary of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, a federal program signed into law by President George W. Bush that initially added 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to the standard 26 weeks states already offered eligible jobless workers. The 13 additional weeks of benefits were intended to be temporary, but as the recession worsened, Congress decided to keep the program going and even lengthened the amount of time that workers could receive benefits. For a while workers could receive as many as 99 weeks in some states, the longest duration of jobless benefits on record. Those benefits have been pared back over the last year and a half, though, and are being cut more severely now as a result of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. A new report from the National Employment Law Project calculates exactly how much: Of the more than $80 billion in automatic budget cuts that must occur between March 1 and Sept. 30, about $2.4 billion is being slashed from the federal emergency unemployment benefits program, says NELP, a labor-oriented research and advocacy group. Almost every state has carried out the federally mandated cuts to its unemployment benefits at this point, but many waited until recently to do so. The longer the states took to put the cuts into effect, the sharper the reduction in each remaining weekly benefit check. Note that there is one outlier in North Carolina, which on Monday ended its participation in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program altogether. That’s for reasons unrelated to the sequester; basically North Carolina reduced its state-level jobless benefits (which workers go on before qualifying for the later tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits) by so much that it is no longer legally eligible for the federal extended benefits.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/sequester-hits-the-long-term-unemployed/?emc=tnt&tntema...

Foxx sworn in as next transportation secretary (AP) -- The Transportation Department says former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been sworn in as President Barack Obama's new transportation secretary.

http://www.wral.com/foxx-sworn-in-as-next-transportation-secretary/12621481/

League of Women Voters challenge McCrory’s characterization of protesters (Policy Watch) -- Members of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory to dispute his characterization of Moral Monday protesters as “outside agitators.” In fact, “pillars of their community” is a more apt description.

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/07/02/the-league-of-women-voters-of-the-piedmont-triad-writes-le...

How Art Pope stopped judicial financing option (Salisbury Post) -- This is the story of how one very wealthy man stopped a government program endorsed by three North Carolina governors (two Republicans and a Democrat), most of the judges from both parties on the state’s top courts, and hundreds of civic and business leaders. The program began a decade ago to give judicial candidates an alternative to relying on wealthy donors with business pending in the courts. Campaign costs were rising and legislators worried that big-money elections would harm the credibility of judges. Under the new program, candidates could qualify for a public campaign grant if they refused large donations, accepted spending limits, and showed strong public support by raising hundreds of small donations from registered voters.

http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20130630/SP05/130639980/1012/how-art-pope-stopped-judicial-fina...

Unemployment increases in 87 of North Carolina’s 100 counties (N.C. Political News) -- Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 87 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in 12 and remained the same in one. All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.2 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.7 percent. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 12.8 percent experienced the highest rate and Durham-Chapel Hill at 6.8 percent had the lowest. The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 8.9 percent.

http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=2684

Sen. Kay Hagan Hosts Roundtable on College Affordability (High Country Press) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Wednesday will host a roundtable on college affordability at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City Campus. Joining Hagan at the roundtable will be UNC Charlotte Chancellor, Phillip Dubois; Johnson C. Smith University President, Ronald Carter; Queens University of Charlotte President, Pamela Davies; Central Piedmont Community College President, Tony Zeiss; and a local student.

http://www.hcpress.com/news/u-s-sen-kay-hagan-hosts-roundtable-on-college-affordability-at-unc-charl...

Hagan, Jones upset about German-based workers getting pay raise (Raleigh News & Observer) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan wants the Defense Department to suspend raises for German civilian workers at U.S. bases in Germany.

http://newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006804/dome-hagan-jones-upset-about-german.html

Study: Ports' cyber security is insufficient (LA Times) --A Coast Guard commander says ports are vulnerable to a cyber attack that could cripple the economy.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-port-security-20130703,0,403729.story

Greensboro weighs downtown curfew after brawl (AP) -- Officials in Greensboro, one of North Carolina's largest cities, will hold an emergency meeting in the aftermath of a weekend brawl to consider restoring a downtown curfew for teenagers.

http://www.wral.com/major-nc-city-weighs-downtown-curfew-after-brawl/12622274/

To Basel's Defenses, the Fed Adds a To-Do List (New York Times) --After overlooking so many excesses before the financial crisis, bank regulators have spent the last five years trying to regain credibility. The public got an important opportunity to assess their progress on Tuesday when the Federal Reserve approved a sweeping new set of rules intended to reduce the riskiness of banks’ activities and make them more resilient to losses. While an important step, the rules, which stem from an international agreement known as Basel III, go only so far, something the Fed seemed to go out of its way to acknowledge. the Basel III measures approved on Tuesday focus on strengthening capital, the cushion that banks must maintain against losses. It’s hard to overstate the importance of capital. The banks that had the least going into the 2008 crisis, like Citigroup, were the most problematic. The cornerstone of the new rules is that banks must maintain high-quality capital, like stock or retained earnings, equal to 7 percent of their loans and assets. The biggest banks may be required to hold more than 9 percent. … “There is ample evidence that lenders can extend mortgage credit to low-wealth households in a safe and sound manner, even with low-down-payment mortgages,” Roberto G. Quercia, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said. “It is good to see a regulator recognizing the risks of overcorrection.”

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/to-basels-defenses-the-fed-adds-a-to-do-list/?emc=tnt&tntemai...

Buncombe Regional Juvenile Detention Center prepares to close Carolina Public Press) -- With cuts proposed in state budget plans looming, the Swannanoa facility is one of three N.C. youth justice centers targeted for closure.

http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/15874/buncombe-juvenile-detention-center-prepares-to-close/

Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power (New York Times) -- Although a number of factors contributed to the defeat of the bill, analysts said the vote also illustrated the shift in the American population and political power to more urban areas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/us/politics/farm-bill-defeat-shows-agricultures-waning-power.html?...

ECU continues autopsies during contract negotiations (AP) -- East Carolina University will continue to provide autopsy services while a new contract is negotiated with the state. The new agreement will avoid a sharp reduction in the number of cases handled.

http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/ecu-continues-autopsies-during-contract-negotiations

Sheriff raids Border Station, removes gaming machines (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) -- The Currituck County Sheriff's Office today seized 25 Internet gambling machines they say violated state law from Border Station, a popular store that straddles the state line with Virginia. No one has been charged, Chief Deputy Matt Beickert said. Border Station owner Clarence R. Hastings declined comment. The business remained open.

http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/sheriff-raids-border-station-removes-gaming-machines

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson assumes 18th Airborne Corps command in rainy Fort Bragg ceremony (Fayetteville Observer) -- With rain pounding the canvas tents, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson reached a point at the outside podium where he couldn't read from his prepared speech because the pages were soaked.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/02/1267266?sac=fo.local

Birkdale Golf Club shuttered in NC Revenue action (Charlotte Business Journal) -- Birkdale Golf Club was closed Tuesday and the locks changed, with the state contending the company owes at least $64,000 in N.C. taxes.

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/outside_the_loop/2013/07/birkdale-golf-club-shuttered-in-n...

GENERAL NEWS

Sonkers, Grunts, Slumps and Crumbles in Surry County, N.C. (New York Times) -- These desserts are so regional that people within the same county will disagree on the proper name for them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/dining/in-search-of-the-sonker-a-sweet-denizen-of-surry-county-nc....

Dozens of Chapel Hill residences condemned after flooding (WRAL-TV) -- Orange County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday as the Chapel Hill area copes with the aftermath of flash flooding late Sunday.

http://www.wral.com/dozens-of-chapel-hill-residences-condemned-after-flooding/12619654/

Donations more than cover cost of stolen American flags (Wilmington Star-News) -- Outraged and upset, members of the congregation and larger Wilmington community took action.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130702/ARTICLES/130709916/1177?Title=Donations-more-than-cov...

Fayetteville native named president of Bennett College in Greensboro (Fayetteville Observer) -- Rosalind Fuse-Hall became the new leader Monday of Bennett College in Greensboro.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/03/1267239?sac=fo.local

NC teen catches 3 species of billfish in 1 day (AP) -- An eighth-grade student from Apex has matched a North Carolina record by catching a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish on his first deep sea fishing trip.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_1c86d5ee-5a09-59d6-8fba-7acbd929080c.html

A Regiment is Sacrificed at Gettysburg (New York Times) -- Union forces along the northern edge of Gettysburg, Pa., occupied a precarious position on July 1, 1863. Advancing Confederates poured deadly volleys into the rapidly thinning blue ranks as a steady stream of wounded trickled into the normally peaceful Pennsylvania town. A federal division commander in the thick of the fray, Gen. Carl Schurz, was running out of options. A former German revolutionary who became an influential voice among fellow political refugees, he sent his aides in search of reinforcements. While he waited for help, he received reports that Union troops on his right and left had buckled under the intense pressure of the Confederate juggernaut. … Confederate brigades suddenly appeared on the horizon, moving fast across the fields toward them. These rebels were battle-hardened veterans from North Carolina and Louisiana, part of a division commanded by the irascible Gen. Jubal Early. There were about 2,500 of them, about three times as large as Coster’s brigade. The North Carolinians were in the advance, and they closed rapidly on Coster’s men. Brownlee and his comrades braced for action. When the rebels were about 60 yards away, the New Yorkers managed a well-aimed volley. The enemy kept on coming and delivered a murderous fire that ripped into the ranks of the 134th. The Confederates overwhelmed the Union line in front, and slipped around the exposed right flank and moved into the rear of the regiment. One of the Confederate colonels, Archibald C. Godwin of the 57th North Carolina Infantry praised the federals in his official battle report. He observed “the enemy stubbornly holding their position until we had climbed over into their midst.” Godwin’s forces caught the New Yorkers in cross-fire from three sides and slaughtered them where they stood. The regiment disintegrated.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/a-regiment-is-sacrificed-at-gettysburg/?emc=tnt&tnte...

ESPN's 'Nine for XI,' on women in sports (Washington Post) -- A ESPN series shows athletes, coaches and journalists who had to play harder, better and smarter to reach the top. As an apologetic non-jock, I most closely related to the women sportswriters, who began breaking newsroom glass ceilings in the 1970s but were barred from locker rooms for another decade or more because their presence offended the aging poobahs of pro sports, players (or their wives and kids), and in some cases, their own journalistic rivals. Melissa Ludtke of Sports Illustrated and her employer, Time Inc., successfully sued Major League Baseball after she was barred from the New York Yankees locker room. The Boston Herald’s Lisa Olson was so crudely harassed by some New England Patriots and so rattled by death threats from rabid hockey fans that she bolted the country for Australia. Other journos – including Claire Smith, Lesley Visser, Jane Gross and Christine Brennan – hung in there or moved on to other things, but today make the point that hot, smelly locker rooms had nothing to do with ogling naked men and everything to with job equality.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/07/02/espns-nine-for-xi-on-women-in-sports/

Nine for IX: 'Let Them Wear Towels' (ESPN) -- Lisa Olson was just trying to do her job as a reporter for the Boston Herald in 1990 when a group of New England Patriot players sexually harassed her in their locker room by exposing their genitals and making lewd and vulgar comments. Even though a subsequent NFL investigation concluded that Olson had been "degraded and humiliated," the 25-year-old continued to be tormented by Patriot fans -- so much so that she temporarily moved to Australia to resume her career. Lisa Olson's legal case was one that helped pave the way for women to report without harassment in locker rooms. The incident touched off a national debate about the presence of female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse. That debate should have been settled 12 years earlier, when Melissa Ludtke of Sports Illustrated successfully challenged Major League Baseball after she was kept out of the New York Yankees' locker room. Why has equal access for women reporters remained such a hot-button issue? That question is asked in "Let Them Wear Towels," a history and examination of females working in the man's world of the locker room. Through interviews with such pioneer women as Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Christine Brennan, you'll hear stories of raw behavior and humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve.

http://espn.go.com/espnw/w-in-action/nine-for-ix/article/8948904/nine-ix-film-summary-director-let-w...

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

NC Senate backs bill with fracking fluid limits (AP) -- A bill restricting what the public could know about the chemicals that energy companies use to extract natural gas in North Carolina has received initial Senate approval.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_28fc7bfc-e893-51da-9025-f192b6b1b04d.html

Abundant rainfall worries NC farmers, water departments (WRAL-TV) -- A deluge of rain in the last several weeks has area farmers struggling to salvage what they can from water-logged fields and consumers waiting to see whether it will have an impact on their grocery bills.

http://www.wral.com/abundant-rainfall-worries-nc-farmers/12621235/

More rain could damage North Carolina crops (AP) -- Officials say more heavy rains could cause crop damage in North Carolina.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_4dd1f4ff-5199-577c-98ea-94298d49a51c.html

Agriculture, renewable energy interests urge Boehner to keep farm bill intact (Politico) -- A letter to Boehner released Tuesday lists more than 500 signatories brought together by the American Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union.

http://www.politicopro.com/

Take a Drive to See Bears (Coastal Review) -- The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge offers guided drives this summer to view black bears. More bears live in the refuge than in just about any other place on the East Coast.

http://nccoast.org/Article.aspx?k=7b542dd8-0a8a-4cf3-b7a2-3c79951aa169

Quarrels Continue Over Repository for Nuclear Waste (New York Times) -- A bipartisan group of four senators introduced a bill that would provide for temporary, centralized storage of nuclear waste, which is accumulating at reactors around the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/business/energy-environment/quarrels-continue-over-repository-for-...

Solar Groups Seek Tea-Party Support (Wall Street Journal) -- As the solar-power industry skirmishes with utilities over the growth of the home solar-panel business, it is enlisting a new political ally: tea-party activists and conservative groups.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323689204578573720128231396.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5

EDITORIALS

Time for Congress to act on immigration (Charlotte Observer) -- True. It was a publicity stunt. But when members of the Latin American Coalition delivered 76 bricks to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s office Monday they made an apt point.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/02/4144452/time-for-congress-to-act-on-immigration.html

UNC changes: As chancellor leaves, we hope for better luck (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The dawn of July has brought major change at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, change that most of us wish had not been necessary.

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_26b91d1a-e335-11e2-85b8-001a4bcf6878.html

We're a nation of many problems, but on our birthday we celebrate our unity (Wilmington Star-News) -- We've also made a lot of mistakes, which is why the checks and balances written into the Constitution are so important.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130702/ARTICLES/130709898/1108/opinion?Title=Editorial-We-re...

Gettysburg, 150 (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The end of the three-day battle of Gettysburg came 150 years ago today, and though the Civil War dragged on, the bloody fighting in the rolls hills of Pennsylvania spelled the end of the Confederacy.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006676/gettysburg-150.html

A life-saving yet illegal syringe program (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- With a growing national trend of people transitioning from using prescription painkillers to injection drug use, North Carolina is seeing a tidal wave of overdose-related deaths that is also higher than the national average. While those statistics are frightening, they should force us.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006544/a-life-saving-yet-illegal-syringe.html

Meddling - North Carolina lawmakers try to hamstring fracking rules (Fayetteville Observer) -- Members of the N.C. Mining & Energy Commission are unhappy that the General Assembly is interfering with their work. They should be.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/01/1267036

Comments

And to rub salt in the wound...

..."War On Women" Daniel has the unmitigated gall to say that it's "for women's safety".

One wonders how such a disgraceful creature can sleep at night.

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