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The most exciting news today: Toxic Thom, better known as "Divide and Conquer" Tillis, is definitely gearing to run against Kay Hagan. So not only do we get the guy out of the North Carolina House of Representatives, we also have the privilege of watching him flush millions on a failed Senate run. Gotta love it.

SEQUESTER FESTER DAY 85
Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in government (AP) -- No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide. It was "furlough Friday." Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — 115,000 people at six major agencies — were told not to show up as the government dealt with the continuing effects of the sequester spending cuts. The good news for many federal workers: a four-day Memorial Day weekend. The bad news: no pay for the day.
http://www.wral.com/budget-cuts-mean-unpaid-day-off-for-many-in-gov-t/12...

Hagan, 2 others ask Defense Dept. to exempt teachers from furloughs (Fayetteville Observer) -- A trio of senators including North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan today asked the Department of Defense to make teachers exempt from upcoming furloughs. The military announced this week that because of mandated budget cuts, teachers and other nine-month employees may be required to take up to five unpaid days off when the new school year begins in August. "Our fiscal situation is going to require shared sacrifice, but our service members and their families continue to make great sacrifices for all of us every day," said a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed by Hagan along with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. "When we send our men and women into harm's way, our responsibility is to provide their dependents with a quality of life that reflects the high standards and pride in the nation they defend. Ten years of war has placed an exceptional amount of strain on these families, and we owe it to them to provide the best educational services for their children."
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/24/1259089?sac=fo.local

U.S. Park Police furloughs forced by sequestration end in June, agency says (Washington Post) -- National Park Service says it took a closer look at its budget to reduce unpaid days off for officers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-park-police-furloughs-to-end-j...

NC Military Bases Brace For Teacher Furloughs (WUNC-FM) -- Teachers at North Carolina's military bases are preparing for up to five furlough days due to cuts from the sequester. The Department of Defense says instructors and other nine-month employees can expect mandatory days off after the next school year starts. Marilee Fitzgerald is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees schools at military bases.
http://wunc.org/post/nc-military-bases-brace-teacher-furloughs

LEGISLATURE
Bail bonds dispute surfaces in resignation fracas (WRAL-TV) -- Rep. Robert Brawley cited his failed effort to repeal a controversial bail bondsman training law in a letter resigning his Finance Committee chairmanship.
http://www.wral.com/bail-bonds-dispute-surfaces-in-resignation-fracas/12...

Tillis wanted critical letter read before N.C. House (Greensboro News & Record) -- It wasn’t Rep. Robert Brawley’s idea to have read aloud — before the full state House — his letter criticizing House speaker Thom Tillis. It was Tillis’ idea. The letter listed a number of complaints against Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and accusations of unethical conduct. Tillis, through a spokesman, chalked up Brawley’s complaints to disgruntlement. Brawley resigned as a finance committee co-chairman over the dust up and emailed an apology to colleagues. Brawley, R-Iredell, is at least the second House Republican to criticize Tillis publicly this session. That has exposed fissures among the General Assembly’s ruling party that, while typical, have been unusually visible.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_2d9f44aa-c4dc-11e2-a...

Super PAC created for possible Tillis Senate bid (AP) — Supporters of North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis have formed an independent committee to support his potential U.S. Senate bid next year.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/super-pac-created-possible-tillis-sen...

How Will The North Carolina Budget Impact The State? (WUNC-FM) -- Frank Stasio speaks with North Carolina reporters and Sen. Josh Stein about the budget and how it will impact the Triangle, Western and Coastal North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief; Democratic Senator Josh Stein represents Wake County; Kirk Ross is a contributing reporter for Carolina Public Press and a policy adviser to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
http://wunc.org/post/how-will-north-carolina-budget-impact-state

Republican tax reform plans for North Carolina fuel worries (Fayetteville Observer) -- Jacquelin Kelo worries about what proposed changes to the state's tax system will mean for a new auto repair business she and her partners just opened.
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/24/1255601?sac=fo.local

Legislators get up close look at a Tesla (Charlotte Business Journal) -- N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis took the Tesla for a 20-minute spin and declared that “the pickup is unreal.” He also said there would have to be a “strong case” to not allow Tesla to sell in North Carolina.
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2013/05/24/nc-legislators-get-...

Bill preventing UNC opposite-sex housing returns (AP) — A bill blocking a University of North Carolina policy allowing students to choose roommates of the opposite sex has found new life in the state Senate budget.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/bill-preventing-unc-opposite-sex-hous...

Jones alcohol and drug abuse center could close (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- The state-operated Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center will be closed after June 30 if the N.C. Senate’s version of the 2013-14 state budget is enacted.
http://www.reflector.com/news/jones-center-could-close-2043239

Groups say repealing Jordan Lake Rules makes no sense (WRAL-TV) -- Before crowds descend on Jordan Lake to swim, boat and fish over the Memorial Day weekend, environment groups held a news conference Friday to express concern over legislation that would repeal water-quality rules for the lake.
http://www.wral.com/groups-say-repealing-jordan-lake-rules-makes-no-sens...

States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Some of the Poorest (New York Times) -- For millions of people below the poverty line, no assistance for health insurance will be available in states that have refused to expand Medicaid.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/us/states-policies-on-health-care-excl...

Senate seeks to end pay bump for advanced teaching degrees (WRAL-TV) -- A provision in the Senate budget calls for eliminating a salary bonus in 2014 for any incoming teacher who has earned a master's degree.
http://www.wral.com/senate-seeks-to-end-pay-bump-for-advanced-teaching-d...

State wildlife agency budget axed by Senate (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The NC Wildlife Resources Commission would take the biggest cut in its 65-year history under the budget proposed by the state Senate. The Senate is proposing a 49 percent cent in the agency that oversees programs, research and management related to wildlife conservative, hunting, fishing recreational boating and urban wildlife. “We are extremely disappointed,' said Tim Gestwicki, CEO of North Carolina Wildlife Federation, a non-profit conservation organization. “This comes without warning and with zero communications with the state agency with regards to impacts or implications of General statutes.''
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/state_wildlife_agency_bu...

Ag-gag may live (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The Ag-gag bill may still be alive. Controversial Senate Bill 648 is slumbering in Senate Rules but may get a hearing next week, according to a lobbyist for the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. The bill aims to prevent undercover whistleblowers from exposing animal abuse in the state's meat processing plants. Similar bills have been filed in other states. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent NC lawmakers a video featuring Republican pundit Mary Matalin that showed graphic scenes of animal abuse
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/aggag_may_live

Sen. Rabin discusses health-related issues (Sanford Herald) -- Health care and its impact on older residents was the topic of the hour, as N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin spoke on a variety of health-related subjects Friday morning.
http://www.sanfordherald.com/x822342364/Sen-Rabin-discusses-health-relat...

Henderson teacher uses anti-GOP editorial as reading test (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- A 4th grade elementary school teacher was wrong to use a newspaper editorial criticizing Republican education cuts as a reading test, the school's principal says.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130524/NEWS/305240039/Henderson-t...

POLICY & POLITICS
Answers coming on N.C. Commerce shakeup (Triad Business Journal) -- State officials' plans to overhaul and revamp the N.C. Department of Commerce into a public-private partnership have been scarce on detail leaving many with more questions than answers. But some of those questions are set to be answered next week. The framework for the N.C. Economic Development Alliance, the public-private partnership that will take on economic development and business recruitment efforts once handled by the Commerce Department, will be submitted to the General Assembly on Wednesday at the 10 a.m. House Committee on Commerce and Job Development meeting in room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.
http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2013/05/answers-coming-on-nc-comme...

Women lead crackdown on military assaults (Washington Post) -- In contrast to other issues mired in gridlock, Congress is moving swiftly and on a bipartisan basis to force the Defense Department to crack down on sex crimes in the ranks. The push is being unmistakably led by female legislators, who constitute a critical mass on the armed services committees and whose patience with the Pentagon on the subject has frayed. “This is an issue many of us have dealt with for years, and we find it unbelievably alarming that it is happening at the level it is in the military,” said Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), one of 20 women in the Senate, seven of whom serve on the chamber’s armed services panel.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/female-lawmakers-l...

Hagan, 2 others ask Defense Dept. to exempt teachers from furloughs (Fayetteville Observer) -- A trio of senators including North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan today asked the Department of Defense to make teachers exempt from upcoming furloughs. The military announced this week that because of mandated budget cuts, teachers and other nine-month employees may be required to take up to five unpaid days off when the new school year begins in August. "Our fiscal situation is going to require shared sacrifice, but our service members and their families continue to make great sacrifices for all of us every day," said a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed by Hagan along with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. "When we send our men and women into harm's way, our responsibility is to provide their dependents with a quality of life that reflects the high standards and pride in the nation they defend. Ten years of war has placed an exceptional amount of strain on these families, and we owe it to them to provide the best educational services for their children."
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/24/1259089?sac=fo.local

Sexual Assault in the Military and Camp Lejeune's Prevention and Response Program (Public Radio East) -- Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high. We speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.
http://publicradioeast.org/post/sexual-assault-military-and-camp-lejeune...

FIRST N.C. CONVICTION: Video sweepstakes operator found guilty (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- A judge found a man guilty in what's believed to be the first conviction under North Carolina's video sweepstakes ban.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130525/NEWS/305240040/Video-sweep...

Super PAC created for possible Tillis Senate bid (AP) — Supporters of North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis have formed an independent committee to support his potential U.S. Senate bid next year.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/super-pac-created-possible-tillis-sen...

Thom Tillis Backers File To Create Super PAC (WUNC-FM) -- A high-profile potential challenger for Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat is on the verge of getting some major financial support. Backers of N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis have put together an independent committee that would support a potential bid for Hagan's seat in Congress. Organizers of the group "Grow NC Strong" say they have filed paperwork with federal officials to create a political action committee. It would be a "super-pac" which would have no limits on raising and spending money to support Tillis, but would operate separately from any campaign Tillis organizes.
http://wunc.org/post/thom-tillis-backers-file-create-super-pac

Tillis backers form super PAC for possible Senate bid (WRAL-TV) -- Supporters of House Speaker Thom Tillis said Friday that they have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create a super PAC to build support for a possible U.S. Senate campaign by Tillis next year.
http://www.wral.com/tillis-backers-form-super-pac-for-possible-senate-bi...

Faberge eggs, ice rink discussed in Day 5 of LaRoque trial (Kinston Free Press) -- In the prosecution’s fifth day, it turned its attention to the Faberge eggs and the ice rink. Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque is accused of working with his wife to take loans from the East Carolina Development Company to fund purchases of thousands of dollars in Faberge eggs and investing in an ice rink that failed. This is after on Thursday, Lenoir County Economic Development Director Mark Pope admitted to skirting the rules regarding a $160,000 loan from ECDC, while he was a board member, to allow him and a partner invest in an apartment complex. He said the economy soured and they had to default on the loan.
http://www.kinston.com/news/local/faberge-eggs-ice-rink-discussed-in-day...

DOT reassures: NC bridges are safe (WRAL-TV) -- Despite an inspection program that requires each of North Carolina's 13,500 state-owned bridges to be reviewed every two years, more than half are outdated, according to data from the Department of Transportation. That does not necessarily mean the bridges are unsafe. Bridges classified as "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete" may simply be carrying more traffic than they were originally designed for. The DOT spends $12 million spent annually on bridge inspections – reviewing bridge decks, joints, support beams and footings. The oldest bridge still in use in the Tar Heel State, according to data gathered in July 2011, crosses the West Fork of the Pigeon River in Haywood County. It was built in 1891.
http://www.wral.com/DOT-reassures-NC-bridges-are-safe/12481732/

NC bridges are safe, DOT engineer says (Raleigh News & Observer) -- With more state money and a new strategy, North Carolina has intensified its effort to keep old bridges in good repair – while replacing as many as it can.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/24/2915978/nc-bridges-are-safe-dot-e...

Martin to run for NC chief justice, Parker to retire (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Justice Mark Martin has announced that he will run for chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court next year, replacing Sarah Parker, who is expected to retire. Martin, who is the senior associate justice, sent out a letter this week announcing plans to run for chief justice in 2014. Parker, who will turn 72 next year, will not be eligible to run for another term because of age requirements in the law. Although justices now run in non partisan races, Martin is a Republican and Parker is a Democrat. The legislature is strongly considering making judicial elections partisan again as they were before 2002.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/martin_to_run_for_nc_chi...

Troopers targeting texting drivers during holiday (WRAL-TV) -- The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is putting extra focus this holiday weekend on drivers who are texting and checking email from behind the wheel.
http://www.wral.com/troopers-targeting-texting-drivers-during-holiday-we...

ECSU gets new interim leader as state probes police wrongdoing (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Elizabeth City State University is in turmoil as state investigators look into wrongdoing on the campus and the city police have taken over the review of 125 criminal cases that were improperly investigated by campus police. On Friday, UNC system President Tom Ross named an interim chancellor, former N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Charles Becton, to lead ECSU. Becton is completing a 10-month stint at the helm of N.C. Central University. He stepped in at the Durham campus last year after the abrupt departure of former Chancellor Charlie Nelms.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/24/2915786/ecsu-gets-new-interim-lea...

Arrests made in backlog of NC college's crimes (AP) — Police have made eight arrests in connection with the backlog of cases found at Elizabeth City State University, a situation that led to the resignation of the school's chancellor and police chief.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/arrests-made-backlog-nc-colleges-crim...

Robert Dempsey to take helm at N.C. Democratic Party (Raleigh News & Observer) -- State Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller on Friday announced his selection of Robert Dempsey as the party's new executive director. Dempsey comes with experience as the Vermont Democratic Party's executive director and previously worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Voller will present his pick to the state party's executive council Tuesday, he said in an email to party leaders Friday evening. "Mr. Dempsey will come to North Carolina with a depth of experience that we need to start winning again," Voller wrote. "He is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for North Carolina Democrats.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/robert_dempsey_to_take_h...

Price, Crabtree, and Meymandi on gun violence at Quail Ridge (Raleigh News & Observer) – U.S. Rep. David Price will join a town meeting on gun violence in America that will be held Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh. Price, who is vice chair of the House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, will be joined by Dr. Assad Meymandi, a psychiatrist, and TV anchor David Crabtree.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/price_crabtree_and_meyma...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate launches statewide tour Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican Greg Brannon will hold a series of house party's this summer as he cranks up his campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/republican_us_senate_can...

GENERAL NEWS
Hunt for world’s oldest WWW page leads to UNC Chapel Hill (Raleigh News & Observer) -- UNC Chapel Hill professor Paul Jones has preserved the world’s oldest World Wide Web page. His 1991 version is from a personal demo from the Web’s inventor. The hunt is on for the beta version, developed in 1990, but it’s not clear if a copy exists.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/24/2915835/hunt-for-worlds-oldest-ww...

UNC women’s lacrosse team reaches NCAA final (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The Tar Heels’ women’s lacrosse team will play in the national championship game for the second time in program history.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/24/2915968/unc-womens-lacrosse-team-...

Lemur on the lam: Escapes on 5-hour ramble in Durham (WRAL-TV) -- A red-ruffed lemur escaped from the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, taking a five-hour jaunt about town before it was corralled in someone’s garage. “Today is his birthday,” Greg Dye, operations manager at the center, said about the animal, named Avion. “He was born five years ago, so this may be a birthday party that got out of control. We’re not sure, but we’re not taking any chances, either.”
http://www.wral.com/lemur-escapes-on-five-hour-ramble-in-durham/12482727/

Bear strolls through multiple locations in western Forsyth County (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A black bear, the largest wild mammal in North Carolina, has been spotted at two locations in Winston-Salem since Thursday night, authorities said.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_7a7dc90a-c495-11e2-9f07-001...

FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy (AP) — Health officials are investigating cases involving patients who suffered complications after being injected with potentially contaminated medications made by a Tennessee specialty pharmacy.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/fda-warns-infections-tied-tennessee-p...

North Carolina to offer inpatient opioid treatment (AP) — North Carolina will soon offer comprehensive inpatient services for opioid addiction.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/north-carolina-offer-inpatient-opioid...

Broadwell apologizes for Petraeus affair (Washington Post) -- Following the ex-CIA director’s own apology, she says if you've made mistakes, “you can still contribute and pick up, dust off and move on.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/05/24/paula-b...

Biographer regrets affair with former CIA director (AP) — The biographer whose extramarital affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus triggered his resignation says she regrets the relationship and the harm and grief it caused her family.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/biographer-regrets-affair-former-cia-...

Duke gets funds to develop diverse scientists (AP) -- Duke University is using a federal grant to launch a program to promote diversity and develop scientific talent in undergraduates and graduate students.
http://www.wral.com/duke-gets-funds-to-develop-diverse-scientists/12484084/

NC sweet potatoes being converted to vodka (AP) — Let's begin this story by picking up the iPad, smartphone or, dare I say, printed page and stepping outside.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-sweet-potatoes-being-converted-vod...

NBC's Brian Williams to address Elon Class of '13 (AP) -- NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is returning to Elon University to advise the Class of 2013.
http://www.wral.com/nbc-s-brian-williams-to-address-elon-class-of-13/124...

Pink-Trash named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year (Wilmington Star-News) -- Entrepreneurship took center stage this week in Wilmington.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130524/ARTICLES/130529692/1177?T...

Jewish Converts Offer a Window on Conservative Christianity (New York Times) -- Howard J. Phillips, the founder of the Conservative Caucus, who born Jewish and turned ardently Christian, was not alone in his converts’ zeal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/us/jewish-converts-and-conservative-ch...

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Groups say repealing Jordan Lake Rules makes no sense (WRAL-TV) -- Before crowds descend on Jordan Lake to swim, boat and fish over the Memorial Day weekend, environment groups held a news conference Friday to express concern over legislation that would repeal water-quality rules for the lake.
http://www.wral.com/groups-say-repealing-jordan-lake-rules-makes-no-sens...

State lawmakers vote to repeal Jordan Lake pollution regulations (News 14-TV) -- The debate on how state lawmakers should clean up and prevent pollution in Jordan Lake is one that has been going on and carries a wide range of opinions. Republican senators say current regulations aren't working, but environmentalists worry removing the regulations will lead to even more pollution.
http://triangle.news14.com/content/top_stories/694513/state-lawmakers-vo...

Tesla service center in Raleigh portends NC dealership (Charlotte Observer) -- With more than 140 cars to be sold in North Carolina by year’s end, electric car maker Tesla quietly opened a service center in Raleigh in January to cater to local customers. Tesla’s NC strategy could be derailed by state legislation that would prohibit the California company from selling its pricey cars here.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/24/4062463/tesla-service-center...

Duke Energy ranks No. 2 in capital spending among U.S. utilities (Charlotte Business Journal) -- Duke Energy spent almost $5.9 billion on capital projects in the 12 months through the end of the first quarter, placing it second on SNL Energy’s latest list of capital expenditures by publicly traded utilities. That was up the $4.4 billion Duke spent in the 12 months ending with the first quarter of 2012, SNL says.
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/power_city/2013/05/duke-energy...

Burr Addresses Hatteras Off Road Concerns (N.C. News Network) -- With the unofficial start of summer, many are thinking about the beach. So is North Carolina’s senior senator, Richard Burr, who is taking steps to address ongoing concern about the ongoing issue of off road vehicles on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Burr made the following statement after Sen. Ron Wyden Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, committed to consider the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act during the committee’s June mark-up.
http://www.ncnn.com/edit-news/8566-burr-addresses-hatteras-off-road-conc...

Dwane Powell: An unholy union
FOCUS ON MEMORIES PHOTOGRAPHY
http://www.newsobserver.com/content/media/2013/5/24/LegislativeWeddingCo...

EDITORIALS
McCrory clueless about northeast's needs, and it shows (Elizabeth City Daily Advance column) -- Occasionally, I am rendered nearly insensate by the breathtaking cluelessness of a politician. Case in point: Gov. Pat McCrory came to town the other day. It was nice of him. Evidently, his mission was to acknowledge that we exist, are not forgotten, and to assure us that he has our best interests at heart. He accomplished this by blowing us off completely, saying, in effect, that northeastern North Carolina is tied to Virginia economically, and ... deal with it. The thrust of his remarks was essentially that if you need to buy something, go to Virginia, and if you need economic development, go to blazes. Please believe me when I say that I’ve nothing against Virginia or its citizens. They’re wonderful folks. Unfortunately, though, I recall the intersection of indifference and apathy — otherwise known as the North Carolina/Virginia line — that existed for decades while Virginia declined to connect North Carolina’s four-lane throughway to its two-lane dog-trot. Does McCrory imagine that funds for the proposed Mid-Currituck County Bridge are going to come from Richmond?
http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/bud-wright-mccrory-cluel...

Tyson calls public to action over 'extremism' in Raleigh (Sanford Herald column) -- I did not expect Gov. McCrory to govern to my liking, but he ran as a business moderate. I hoped he would be like Jim Holshouser, the first Republican governor after Reconstruction. Holshouser, a gentle mountain populist and a business moderate, cooled the fires of cross burnings and race riots in the early 1970s. Gov. Holshouser cut taxes on businesses large and small. He also pushed school bonds that pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into our public schools. So far McCrory appears to work for Art Pope, one of the founders of the far-right Americans for Prosperity, ideologically driven extremists. They all take their marching orders from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); most of the laws they’re passing were written by ALEC and contain the same wording that they did in Alabama or Arizona. The Republican leadership in the General Assembly serves only the interests of the super wealthy, and what they are doing to the public schools violates the North Carolina Constitution, the United States Constitution and the gospel of Jesus Christ, to say nothing of common sense and human decency.
http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x822342354/TAKE-5-Tyson-calls-public-t...

UNC-Wilmington unfairly throwing sports overboard (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- After an 82 percent funding decrease and four years of sweeping its fiscal problems under the rug, UNC-Wilmington’s Intercollegiate Athletic Review Committee moved to recommend that the university eliminate swimming and diving as well as four other programs.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/24/2915542/uncw-unfairly-throwing-sp...

Kay Hagan: Sexual assaults in military must end (Salisbury Post column) -- At a high-level White House meeting last week, I joined colleagues from both parties to discuss concrete steps we can take to protect victims and address the epidemic of sexual assault in our military. Last year’s Defense Authorization Act included provisions to do just this. That law established independent review boards to examine how the military handles sexual assault; created a special victims unit; ensured convicted offenders are kicked out of the military; and improved the military’s data collection for sexual assaults. But talk is not enough when it comes to fixing this crisis. During his confirmation process, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel assured me he would fully implement these directives, and last week I requested he report to Congress immediately on his progress.
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20130525/SP05/130529812/1012/sen-ka...

Celia Rivenbark: A&F's Jeffries - A misstep or marketing genius? (Wilmington Star-News column) -- Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries is in a lot of trouble.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130525/NEW9000/130529724/1155?Ti...

Legislature should leave SBI alone (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- The N.C. Senate wants to move most of the State Bureau of Investigation.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130525/OPINION01/305250006/Legisl...

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