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Standards Division Fines Stores For Excessive Price-Scanning Errors In Four Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 14 November 2014 06:18

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - They made the mistakes in Johnston, Mecklenburg, Mitchell and Wake counties, and now excessive price-scanning errors are costing several retailers cold hard cash.

The state's Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that ring up at the register. If a store has more than a 2 percent error rate on overcharges, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a more intensive follow-up inspection at a later date. Undercharges are also reported, but do not count against a store.

Following are stores that paid civil penalties in the third quarter of 2014:

Dollar General #8456 at 1130 South Pollock St., Selma paid a total of  $3,402.50 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in January found an error rate of 8 percent, based on four overcharges in a 50-item lot. A second inspection in March found an error rate of 2.33 percent, based on seven overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store paid $367.50 in civil penalties. A follow-up inspection in June found an error rate of 6.33 percent, based on 19 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store paid $3,035 in civil penalties. In August, the store was re-inspected and passed with a 2 percent error rate.

CVS #3185 at 1533 South Blvd., Charlotte, paid $1,735 after failing a re-inspection in August. The inspection found an error rate of 3 percent, on nine overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $1,735 in civil penalties and will be re-inspected. The store previously failed inspections in March, April and June.

CVS #2562 at 115 West Arrowood Road, Charlotte, paid $660 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in July found an error rate of 6 percent, based on three overcharges in a 50-item lot. A second inspection in August found an error rate of 4 percent, based on 12 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $660 in civil penalties and will be re-inspected.

CVS #1632 at 9628 Rea Road, Charlotte, paid $705 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in August found an error rate of 6 percent, based on three overcharges in a 50-item lot. A second inspection in September found an error rate of 2.67 percent, based on eight overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $705 in civil penalties and will be re-inspected.

Super Target #2132 at 12830 Walker Branch Drive, Charlotte, paid $1,350 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in August found an error rate of 5 percent based on five overcharges in a 100-item lot. A second inspection in September found an error rate of 2.33 percent, based on seven overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $1,350 in civil penalties and will be re-inspected.

Target #762 at 9531 South Blvd., Charlotte, paid $2,775 in civil penalties after failing a re-inspection in July. The inspection found an error rate of 3.67 percent based on 11 overcharges on a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $2,755 in fines. The store previously failed inspections in November 2013, January, March and May. The store was re-inspected in September and passed.

Walgreens # 5761 at 4701 South Blvd., Charlotte, paid $1,935 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in May found an error rate of 8 percent, based on four overcharges in a 50-item lot. A second inspection in June found an error rate of 3.33 percent, based on 10 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $1,935 in civil penalties and passed re-inspection in August.

Ingles #33 at 125 Greenwood Road, Spruce Pine, paid $1,935 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in May found an error rate of 4 percent, based on four overcharges in a 50-item lot.  A second inspection in June found an error rate of 3 percent, based on nine overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $1,935 in civil penalties and passed re-inspection in August.

Family Dollar #445 at 505 Plaza Circle, Garner, paid $1,785 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in July found an error rate of 4 percent, based on four overcharges in a 100-item lot. A second inspection in August found an error rate of 3.33 percent, based on 10 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store was assessed and paid $1,785 in civil penalties, and passed re-inspection in October.

 
Patricia Norris Named Agriculture Department's Animal Welfare Director PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2014 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state division that licenses public and private animal shelters, boarding kennels and pet shops and oversees the state’s Spay and Neuter Fund has a new director. Dr. Patricia Norris of New Mexico has been hired as director of the Veterinary Division Animal Welfare Section.

Norris begins her job November 17. She replaces Dr. Lee Hunter, who retired from the position in June.

Dr. Norris earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and has a graduate certificate in veterinary forensic science from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Norris was in private veterinary practice for 25 years in Virginia, North Carolina and New Mexico. She served as veterinarian at the Duke University Primate Center to provide care for their colony of endangered lemurs. She also served as veterinarian for the Pitt County Board of Health and on the County Animal Response Teams for Pitt and Madison counties.

Currently, she is the staff veterinarian for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the only position of its kind in the country. She provides veterinary forensic services for their cases of animal cruelty and animal crime, and is commonly asked to assist other law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico. She has served as veterinarian for the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board since its inception in 2007 and was a member of the DASO Mounted Patrol Horseback Search and Rescue team.

 
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, November 13, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, November 13, 2014, as released by his office.

9:30 a.m.
4th Annual Kangaroo Express’ "Salute Our Troops" Campaign Check Presentation
State Capitol Grounds
1 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh

Open to credentialed press only.


2 p.m.
Economic Development Announcement
Wilmington

Opem to credentialed press only.


7:15 p;.m.
50th Annual North Carolina Awards
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Large Ballroom
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham

Open to credentialed press only.

 
Labor Department Waives Tax Penalty On N.C. Businesses Linked To State's Unemployment Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has approved North Carolina's application for a waiver of additional Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) penalties. State officials say the agreement will save North Carolina employers approximately $180 million for tax year 2014.

Employers have been paying a penalty per employee due to the state's high unemployment debt -- money the state borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits. The debt began at $2.8 billion in 2012 and has been paid down to a current $465 million.
 
“Restructuring North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system and aligning it with those of our neighboring states has set our unemployment program on a path to sustainability,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “By demonstrating to the federal government that we have cut up the federal unemployment insurance credit card, North Carolina employers will avoid paying penalties and be able to invest those funds in job creation.”
 
Governor McCrory applied for a waiver of additional debt penalties and USDOL has granted the request after North Carolina worked hard to reduce the $2.5 billion debt and set in place a foundation for sustainable funding by the state’s employers.
 
“This is great news for the employers of North Carolina,” said Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell in the statement. “This waiver of the penalty is a direct result of the policies, processes and people who have helped pay down the unemployment debt owed to the federal government.”
 
“It is our goal to pay off this debt in 2015,” Folwell said.  “Once the debt is paid off, employers will begin receiving their full Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit.  This will be a tremendous burden lifted from the employers of this state.  It will give them certainty about the cost of doing business in North Carolina.  It will also encourage new businesses to come to this state, driving unemployment even lower.”

 
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