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Durham County Paramedic Appointed To State Domestic Violence Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 March 2016 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A Durham County paramedic with two decades of experience will take a seat on the state's Domestic Violence Commission.

Helen Tripp works with Durham County's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which focuses on behavioral health and substance abuse problems. She is a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA) and completed a Master of Arts in Professional Counselor in 2014, with an eemphasis in trauma-informed counseling.

The commission assesses statewide needs related to domestic violence

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 05:59
 
Bipartisan Support Leads General Assembly To Easily Pass Bill Setting Aside Charlotte's Bathroom Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Charlotte's public accommodations ordinace was set aside by the General Assembly Wednesday with passage of a law that sets state standards for discrimination and forbids localities from setting stricter standards.

The bipartisan vote was 84 to 26 in the House of Representatives, with 11 Democrats voting with Republicans. In the North Carolina Senate, Democrats left the chamber as the vote was about to be taken, leading to a 32 to 0 vote  in favor of the bill. The action took place during a special legislative session.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law Wednesday night, saying Charlotte had overreached.

The controversial bill was passed by the Charlotte mayor and council just weeks ago. Cast as protections for transgendered individuals, the ordinance would have allowed men to use women's restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, based on the person's chosen gender identity.

 
Audit Focuses On Dare County Tourism Board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 05:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit of the Dare County Tourism Board has determined that the board spends restricted funds in accordance with its interpretation of the legislation.

That said, the audit summary added that the enabling legislation lacks clarity, which can lead to different interpretations of the restriction on how funds are used.

The board's mission is to increase tourism in the area. Its primary funding is from a 1 percent tax on prepared food and beverages and a 1 percent occupancy tax. Revenues for 2015 totaled $6.4 million, according to the audit.

The full audit can be found at ncauditor.net.

 
Harnett County Sheriff Resigns; Commissioners Appoint Replacement PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 05:12

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins has left the office he's served since 2002, effective Monday at 5p.m. He gave no reason for leaving in his resignation notice.

County commissioners have promoted from within the office, selecting Major Wayne Coats to serve out Rollins' term, which ends in 2018.

ABC 11 reports the commissioners have known about Rollins' impending departure since early February. They reportedly chose Coats from among three candidates.

 
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