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DENR Asks To Withdraw From Consent Order With Duke Energy, Maintains Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 09:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has asked a judge to allow the state agency to withdraw its support for a proposed consent order regarding two of Duke Energy’s facilities with coal ash impoundments, according to a DENR news release.

“We intend for our lawsuits against Duke Energy to move forward,” explained John Skvarla, DENR secretary, in the release. “We will continue to hold the utility accountable for the cleanup of its coal ash impoundments through the lawsuits, the reopening of the permits and our on-going investigation.”
DENR is requesting to withdraw from the proposed consent order with Duke Energy regarding lawsuits the state filed against the utility in 2013 addressing unpermitted wastewater discharges and groundwater violations at the company’s Asheville Steam Electric Generating Plant in Buncombe County and the Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County. 
 DENR filed the lawsuits against Duke Energy regarding the two ash impoundments in the spring of 2013. In July, the state agency proposed the consent order for the Asheville and Riverbend facilities that recommended the company address the environmental compliance issues and pay fines. Then on Feb. 20, the state asked the judge to postpone his consideration of the consent order. If DENR’s withdrawal from the consent order is permitted by the court, the lawsuits against the utility will continue. 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 09:27
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, March 24, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 09:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday, March 24, 2014, as detailed by his office.

11:30 a.m.
United Negro College Fund Annual Luncheon
Westin Hotel, Grand Ballroom AB
601 South College Street, Charlotte
OPEN to credentialed press only
6  p.m.
Statesville Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
Statesville Civic Center,  Halls C,D & E
300 South Center Street, Statesville
OPEN to credentialed press only
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 09:41
Health And Human Services Presents Medicaid Reform Plan To General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has presented to the General Assembly what it calls a "realistic and achievable plan" to reform the delivery of Medicaid services in the state.

The agency says the puts patients first, improves whole person care, ensures a more predictable Medicaid budget, and builds on what already works for North Carolina.
"We have an obligation - an obligation we have willingly accepted as a state - to help those in need. And we must, at the same time, be good stewards of taxpayer resources," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Z. Wos, M.D, in a news release. "We believe this Medicaid reform plan is responsive to both those obligations."
The plan proposes that providers collaborate through accountable care organizations (ACOs), a model that allows physicians and other providers who care for patients to take control of improving quality and healthy outcomes.
"When ACOs share in the savings or losses based on quality measures, everyone has a vested interest in making Medicaid a success," said Secretary Wos in the statement. "We expect the ACO model to bend the cost curve by approximately 2-3 percent, which would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the state."
The N.C. Medicaid program currently serves about 1.8 million low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities and requires $13.5 billion a year to operate.
A copy of the plan can be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2014/DHHS_Medicaid_Reform_Legislative_Report-2014-03-17.pdf
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:22
North Carolina Court Of Appeals Releases New Rulings PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:17

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's second-highest appeals court has released a slate of new opinions ranging from double jeopardy to motor vehicle laws.

The opinions are available at http://appellate.nccourts.org/opinions/.
The cases are:
-- Heaton-Sides v. Snipes, (13-1083) 
Foreclosure- lawful possession-destruction of personal property. After being placed in lawful possession, the buyer of a residence at a forelcosure sale may not dispose of personal property in the residence for ten days. Conversion-actual damages-nominal damages. if a plaintiff proves her conversion claim but fails to prove actual damages, she is entitled to nominal damages
-- In re Pace/Dowd Props. Ltd., (13-759) 
ad valorem tax assessment
-- Morningstar Marinas/Eaton Ferry, LLC v. Warren Cnty., (13-458) 
-- Mandamus; Appeal to County Board of Adjustment
Robinson v. Shanahan, (13-504) 
-- Issues heard for first time on appeal.
Spoon v. Spoon, (13-340) 
-- Modification of child custody
State v. Alexander, (13-461) 
-- Plain view doctrine
State v. Kostick, (13-873) 
-- Cherokee Reservation, State Highway Patrol, motor vehicle laws, enforcement, knoll motion
-- State v. McCulloch, (13-472) 
Probation Violation; Invalidity of Underlying Conviction; 
-- Lack of Jurisdiction State v. Mulder, (13-672) 
Double Jeopardy
State v. Sargent, (13-482) 
Closing argument; character evidence
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:18

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