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Capitol Police Welcomes New Canine Explosive Detection Dog, Balu PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 06:14

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Capitol Police Officer Kevin Johnson has a new four-legged partner. Balu is a 19-month-old canine explosive detection expert. The German Shepard joined the force after completing training last month.

“The canine will provide a strong visible and psychological deterrent against criminal and terrorist threats,” said State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen in a statement. “More importantly, Balu will be available to assist our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the fight against crime.”

Office Johnson has more than two decades experience as a K-9 handler and master trainer.  In addition, he is also a past president of the United States Police Canine Association.

The State Capitol Police force is 88 members strong. It provides a safe and secure environment for public officials, state employees and visitors within the North Carolina State Government Complex and at state-owned properties throughout Wake County.

January Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.6 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's unemployment rate held at 5.6 percent for January 2016, the same rate as for December 2015.

State Commerce Department data shows the number of people working was up by 18,257 month over month and 87,478 year over year.

The national unemployment rate ticked down .1 percent to 4.9 percent.

Full data can be found at nccommerce.com.

Agriculture Officials Suspend Permit Of Orange County Dairy Over Raw Milk Production PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 March 2016 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Crawford’s Dairy in Chapel Hill is without a permit following intervention from state Agriculture Department officials.

According to a news release, the dairy was producing dairy products outside state standards -- specifically raw milk -- and therefore its Grade A permit was pulled.

Two people who consumed raw milk purchased from the dairy were diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a bacterial infection.

“The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in the release. “Consumption of unpasteurized dairy products may cause serious illness, and anyone who has purchased raw milk or other dairy products from Crawford’s Dairy is urged not to consume them.”

The diary was also producing yogurt, cream, butter and buttermilk. Its Grade A permit allows it to sell milk to a processor.

Raw milk is unpasteurized milk from animals such as cows, sheep and goats. Raw milk may contain a wide variety of harmful bacteria – including Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria and Brucella – that may cause illness and possibly death.

Pasteurization slows microbial growth in food.

Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, March 14, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
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Monday, 14 March 2016 04:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday, March 14, 2016, as released by his office.

11 a.m.
Educational Bond Discussion
UNC-Asheville, Sherrill Center - Mountain View Room
227 Campus Dr.

PRESS:  Open to credentialed media


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