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Three North Carolinians Among 61 Federal Prisoners Whose Sentences Commuted By President Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 April 2016 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Barack Obama has communited the sentences of 61 prisoners. That brings to 248 the number of people he has released due to what the administration calls "outdated and unduly harsh sentences."

"Despite the progress we have made, it is important to remember that clemency is nearly always a tool of last resort that can help specific individuals, but does nothing to make our criminal justice system on the whole more fair and just," said White House Counsel to the President Neil Eggleston in a statement posted to whitehouse.gov.

"Clemency of individual cases alone cannot fix decades of overly punitive sentencing policies. So while we continue to work to resolve as many clemency applications as possible – and make no mistake, we are working hard at this – only broader criminal justice reform can truly bring justice to the many thousands of people behind bars serving unduly harsh and outdated sentences."

The Washington Post reports the list includes three North Carolinians:

-- Reginald Wendell Boyd of Greensboro

-- Christopher Tim Florence of Chapel Hill

-- Alohondra Rey Staton of Greenville

 
It's Coming: FAST Act Funding Leads To Sign Denoting Future U.S. 70 Interstate Near Goldsboro PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory thanked members of North Carolina's congressional delegation for helping make the future U.S. 70 a reality in a key area of eastern North Carolina.

At a ceremony Wednesday, the governor presided over erection of a sign near Goldsboro about the future 70 that was funded in December's federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

"Enhancing the U.S. 70 corridor continues our administration's focus on preparing North Carolina for the future, connecting North Carolina and supporting our military, agriculture and overall economy," the governor said.
The governor called for Congress to pass a long term transportation funding bill in March 2015 when he testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of the state and as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 March 2016 06:00
 
National Taxpayer Advocate To Hold Public Hearing In Hendersonville PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 06:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rep. Mark Meadows will co-host a public forum in Hendersonville about the IRS with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina  Olson.

The meeting will take place Monday, April 4.  Meadows is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.

The forum will review what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations.

The IRS has been developing a “Future State” plan that envisions how it will operate in five years and beyond but Olson has expressed concern that the plan doesn't meet taxpayer needs.

 
In Wake of Brussels Attack, President Obama Meets With Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As the United States received word that four Americans are among the dead in the terrorist bombing at the Brussels airport, President Obama received an update on anti-terrorism efforts from key U.S. agencies.

The White House has posted its "readout" of the president's meeting on Monday:

"President Obama today met with key members of his counterterrorism and homeland security team to discuss our efforts following the horrific March 22 ISIL terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The President was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States.

The President’s team also updated him on recent expanded information-sharing with international partners and ways that the United States is working to disrupt and counter external plots emanating from ISIL-controlled territory.  

Additionally, the President received briefings on ongoing efforts to address ISIL’s use of the Internet to recruit followers, incite them to violence, and mobilize them to engage in attacks in the United States and abroad.

The President directed his team to continue to intensify efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL and to ensure that the United States is doing everything possible to disrupt any ISIL external plotting efforts, including by continuing our strong leadership in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL."

The statement can be found at whitehouse.gov.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:28
 
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