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Feds Ask Judge To Block HB2 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:42

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a federal court in North Carolina for a preliminary injunction  preventing the implementation of HB2 which requires transgender people to use the restroom corresponding with their biological gender.

Named in the suit are Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the University of North Carolina and the UNC System Board of Governors. 

The Justice Department is asking for the injunction based on a ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals which granted a 16 year-old transgender student the right to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender in which he identifies. The court also cited Title IX guidelines which prohibits discrimination against transgenders  with regard to the use of bathrooms and locker room facilities. 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:50
 
Federal Appeals Court Rules Wake County Districts Are Unconsitutional PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 July 2016 15:09
In a ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that election maps the state legislature redrew in 2013 and 2015 for the Wake County school board and Board of Commissioners are unconstitutional. The Court found  the maps gave an unfair advantage to voters in suburban districts.
 
The 2-1 court decision ordered the federal trial judge to prohibit use of the new maps that were to be used in November’s election. The decision affects all nine school board seats and two newly created regional Board of Commissioners seats that were scheduled to be on the Nov. 8 ballot.
 
U.S Supreme Court Will Decide North Carolina Redistricting Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 27 June 2016 15:20
Raleigh - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether North Carolina lawmakers relied too much on race when they drew new congressional districts five years ago.
 
In the order, the court pointed out the split between the federal district court in Greensboro, which found the districts unconstitutional, and the North Carolina Supreme Court which upheld the lines.
 
A similar case is pending before a different three-judge panel, in which plaintiffs have asked the court to find that legislators relied too heavily on race when they drew North Carolina state legislative districts.
 
States Will Ask Feds To Review Coal Ash Storage Impact On Poor PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:06
Raleigh - State regulators will ask federal officials to review the impact of coal ash storage near low-income communities.
 
An environmental justice review aims to make sure a project doesn’t disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed such a review on a new lined storage space for coal ash in Wilmington near the Sutton Steam Station and determined it would not have a disproportionate impact on neighbors.
 
No one lives within a mile of the site, according to the agency’s report, which evaluated a broader census tract encompassing an area 5 miles by 8 miles. There would be practically no impact from transferring the coal ash, since it would come from the steam station rather than be trucked in.
 
DEQ has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the commission’s state advisory committee to review its findings. The state intends to notify neighbors by mail about the project.
 
Tom Reeder, assistant secretary at DEQ, said in a statement the agency released that the state looked for negative effects caused by moving coal ash from basins into storage landfills and sought ways to protect neighbors. Census data was used to identify residents’ race, ethnicity, income and other factors.
 
Regulators also looked at the potential for contamination, erosion, traffic and dust control.
 
Similar reviews will take place everywhere that Duke Energy proposes to store the material in landfills.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:43
 
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