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Senate Joins House In Override Of Cooper Veto Of Party Affiliations On Judicial Ballots

March 23, 2017
The North Carolina Senate voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that restores partisan elections for local judicial races. The House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto earlier this week, so the bill is now law. The law fully reinstates the system…

Senator Says Bill Will Protect Against Voter Intimidation

March 15, 2017
Senator Ben Clark (D-Hoke) filed Senate Bill 228, the Voter Freedom Act, which seeks to protect the integrity of the election process and prevent voters from being the victims of false claims and intimidation. Eight Democrats have cosponsored the bill, which has been referred to the Senate Rules…

Two Manufacturers Will Expand In McDowell County

March 22, 2017
Two employers plan to create 118 new jobs in McDowell County. Baxter International, a global health care company, is expanding investments in its manufacturing facility in Marion. The company plans to add 90 jobs and invest more than $7.4 million. Taylor Stave, LLC, a wood products supplier, will…

Federal Grand Juries Indict Six Aliens On Immigration, Firearm and Fraud Violations

March 22, 2017
A federal grand jury in Raleigh has indicted Raymundo Barrios-Jimenez, 35, of Mexico, Jaime Carbajal-Sanchez, 36, of Mexico, Jesus Cervantez-Ruiz, 47, of Guatemala, and Omar Vasquez-Roman, 37, of Mexico with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien. If convicted, Barrios-Jimenz and Carbajal-Sanchez…

Charlotte School District Pulls Book About A Boy Who Likes To Dress As A Girl

March 22, 2017
The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District has pulled a picture book from four elementary schools that is about a boy who likes to dress like a girl. The book, “Jacob’s New Dress,” was to be part of an anti-bullying program in four elementary…
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