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State Human Resources Director, Neal Alexander, Awarded Honorary Doctorate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 May 2015 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gardner-Webb University has awarded Neal Alexander an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. It is the highest recognition of merit from Alexander's alma mater.

Alexander has been the state's Human Resources Director since 2013. His appointment follows a 40-year career in the field.

Alexander graduated from Gardner-Webb in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

For seven years he served as Chairman of the University Board of Trustees.

 
House Bills 91, 358, 601, and 706 Signed Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 May 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Four bills have become law after being presented to, and signed by, Gov. Pat McCrory. The bills are:


HB 91: A study bill directing the North Carolina Department of Transportation to examine ways to prevent the misuse of handicapped parking placards.

HB 358: Allows schools to be awarded A-F school performance grades based on a 15-point scale, providing a consistent benchmark for student achievement for state schools.

HB 601: Allows for the sale of deer skins by hunters or meat processors. Current law does not allow wildlife, whether whole or in part, to be sold in North Carolina. This legislation will help meat processors who are left with deer skins after processing deer for hunters.  
 
HB 706: Requires the building code council to modify certain building requirements related to open air cabins. A rustic cabin, defined by a single story, three walls, 20 percent screened openings and no heating or cooling systems, are required to have two exits. 

 
Flags Lowered Friday To Recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 May 2015 04:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. and North Carolina flags will be at half-staff from sunrise through sunset Friday in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Gov. Pat McCrory ordered the flags lowered and encouraged North Carolinians to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses on that day as well.

“North Carolina is blessed to have the best law enforcement agencies in the nation – professional men and women who have dedicated their lives to upholding the rule of law while honoring the constitutional freedoms we hold most dear. On Peace Officers Memorial Day we recognize with special honor those in law enforcement who have sacrificed on our behalf,” said the governor in a statement.

 
Audit: Nepotism and $1.6 Million Wasted Compensation in NC Tracks PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood's office concludes the former director of the state's Medicaid payment processing system, NC Tracks, wasted $1.6 million in unjustified compensation and hired friends and relatives.

The full audit and response from Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos is available at http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/Investigative/INV-2015-0401.pdf.

Key Findings:

-- At least $1.6 million wasted through excessive wages and commissions, unjustified overtime, and
holiday pay to ineligible employees

-- OMMISS Director engaged in or allowed nepotism

-- OMMISS Director received unauthorized compensatory time that may result in inflated retirement
benefits  

-- Reports to General Assembly omitted at least $260,000 of overtime and compensatory time

-- Lack of adequate oversight of OMMISS despite findings in prior audit reports  

Wos has responded to the audit with a detailed analysis of each finding.

 
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