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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday June 30, 2019 ( 27 items )  

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Launches First Special Issue of the AATCC Journal of Research
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, June 27 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: AATCC is pleased to announce publication of its first Special Issue of the AATCC Journal of Research (AJOR): a compilation of 12 original research and review papers from the 14th Asian Textile Conference (ATC-14), which was organized by the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Federation of Asian Professiona  more

American Constitution Society for Law Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Voter Suppression
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy issued the following statement by President Caroline Fredrickson: The Supreme Court today handed down a decision which now allows North Carolina and other state legislatures to employ skewed redistricting maps widely regarded as being drawn to benefit Republicans in the state. "In crafting their decision today, the justices in the majority ran away from the democracy enshrined in the Constitution and our laws. They cla  more

Animal Legal Defense Fund Offers $5,000 Reward in Case of Kittens Thrown From Vehicles in Craven County
CRAVEN COUNTY, North Carolina, June 25 -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund issued the following news release: * * * - Reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible * * * The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation's preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for throwing kittens out of moving cars and abandoning them near N  more

Appalachian Voices Issues Statement on Dominion Energy's Long-Range Plan
BOONE, North Carolina, June 27 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following statement by Executive Director Tom Cormons: The State Corporation Commission today issued a press release stating that it has approved Dominion Energy's long-range plan, which it had previously rejected and asked the utility to revise. The SCC held that the new "Integrated Resource Plan" met the minimum legal requirements, but warned that it would significantly increase customer's monthly bills, writing: "We do not... ex  more

Center for Biological Diversity: Petition Seeks Enforcement of Clean Air Act in North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, June 27 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: * * * - State Has Failed For Years to Assess Permit for UNC's Coal-fired Power Plant * * * The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to enforce Clean Air Act requirements for oversight of the University of North Carolina's coal-fired power plant. The petition seeks EPA enforcement of the Clean Air Act provision that requires the North   more

Center for Responsible Lending: Lee, DeLauro Introduce House Version of Preventing Risky Operations From Threatening the Education and Career Trajectories Students Act
DURHAM, North Carolina, June 26 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following news release: Today, U.S. House Representatives Susie Lee (D-Nev.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Preventing Risky Operations from Threatening the Education and Career Trajectories of (PROTECT) Students Act of 2019, a bill to protect higher education students by improving oversight and accountability of predatory institutions, including for-profit colleges and universities. This legislation is   more

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Johnson C. Smith University Appoints Oralia Washington as Sports Information Director
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 25 -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association issued the following news: The Division of Institutional Advancement welcomes Oralia Washington to Johnson C. Smith University as Sports Information Director in the University Communications and Marketing department. Washington comes to JCSU after spending the last three years as Sports Information Director at Livingstone College. She is responsible for media coverage, game operations and maintaining statist  more

Civitas Institute: Gov. Roy Cooper's Budget Dissonance
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 24 -- Civitas Institute, which is self-described as a "501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity," issued the following news release: * * * - A previous version of this press release referenced an older version of Senate Bill 361, which has since been modified and now excludes expansion of innovation waivers. Please refer to the release below for the most up-to-date information. * *   more

Common Cause: SCOTUS Suspends Census Citizenship Question in Light of Evidence of Political and Racial Motives
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Common Cause issued the following news release: Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President: "'Contrived.' That's what the Supreme Court called the Administration's trumped up explanation for adding the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. In documents that Common Cause received in the North Carolina state challenge, Common Cause v. Lewis, emails and reports created by Thomas Hofeller, the chief Republican redistricting mapdrawer, reveal the real reasons for the citize  more

Common Cause: Supreme Court Ducks Responsibility to End Gerrymandering
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Common Cause issued the following news release: Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in two landmark redistricting cases, Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek. In a 34-page decision written by Justice Roberts, the majority concluded it could not set a constitutional standard against partisan gerrymandering. Statement from Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn: "Today, five Supreme Court Justices turned their backs on hundreds of thousands of peo  more

First Global Needs Assessment for Physicians and Scientists in International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis Published
CARRBORO, North Carolina, June 28 -- The International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis issued the following news release: The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) announces the publication of the first-ever educational needs assessment for thrombosis and hemostasis researchers and physicians in the Society's open-access journal, Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (RPTH). The ISTH initiated this comprehensive international study to identify gaps and   more

Global Justice Ecology Project: International Union of Forest Research Organizations Tree Biotech Conference Ends in Disarray While Effort to Stop GE Trees Grows
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 28 -- The Global Justice Ecology Project issued the following news release: * * * - International Tree Biotechnology Conference ending in Disarray * * * The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) biennial Tree Biotechnology Conference is ending today in confusion. The IUFRO conference brought together researchers working on the genetic engineering of trees to share information and resources but the future of the conference is uncertain. Th  more

Governor Cooper Appoints Four Members to North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Board of Trustees
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, June 26 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: Governor Roy Cooper has appointed four new members to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Board of Trustees. Newly appointed trustees are Dr. Catherine Edmonds of Merry Hill, Dr. Terry W. Worrell of Greensboro, Justin Parmenter of Charlotte, and Julie Paige Pittman of Rutherfordton. All four were appointed to serve until October 31, 2021. "Individual  more

International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2019 Congress: Top Global Experts Convene in Melbourne to Showcase Latest Science and Research
CARRBORO, North Carolina, June 26 -- The International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis issued the following news release: The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) will recognize its landmark 50th anniversary as the leader in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis at the ISTH 2019 Congress from July 6-10 in Melbourne, Australia. Under the congress theme of "Research, Discovery, Outcomes," more than 5,000 experts from over 90 countries in the field will convene at the  more

Journal of Applied Gerontology Issues 6 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
TAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina, June 28 -- The Journal of Applied Gerontology, a journal that says it focuses on research applications intended to improve the health and quality of life of older persons or to enhance our understanding of age-related issues from the Southern Gerontological Society, published six research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * "There's Not Enough Knowledge Out There": Examining Older Adults' Perceptions of Digital Technology Use and Digital   more

League of Women Voters: Supreme Court Declines to Set a Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The League of Women Voters issued the following news release: * * * - Legislative Solutions Exist to Ensure Fair Maps * * * Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. "Today's decision is devastating to the voters in North Carolina who have lived with unconstitutional districts in the last four federal elections," said Janet  more

Louisiana Architect Robert W. McKinney Elected as National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Regional Director
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards issued the following news: Robert W. McKinney, Ed.D., NCARB, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was elected as a regional director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) 2019 Centennial Annual Business Meeting. McKinney was nominated to serve on the NCARB Board of Directors by Region 3, which is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Ric  more

National Council of Jewish Women: Supreme Court Rules Out Defending Democracy in Partisan Gerrymandering and Defers on Census Count Case
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The National Council of Jewish Women issued the following news release: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today decried the Supreme Court's decision in two cases involving partisan gerrymandering -- the North Carolina case, Rucho v. Common Cause, and the Maryland case, Lamone v. Benisek -- and in the census case Department of Commerce v. New York that would allow the insertion of a citizenship question that will surely create an inaccurate count. Jody Rabhan, NC  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: Cooper Rejects North Carolina Budget Proposal
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 28 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: Governor Roy Cooper today announced that he will veto the budget proposal approved by the majority in the North Carolina General Assembly. Under the majority-backed budget, minimal new requirements for industrial hog farms meant to protect water quality and provide the public with information about whether hog waste lagoons are leaking would be delayed an entire year. Instead of taking e  more

North Carolina Justice Center Issues Statement on Gov. Cooper's Budget Veto
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 28 -- The North Carolina Justice Center issued the following statement by Executive Director Rick Glazier on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto: "The NC Justice Center stands in support of today's veto by Governor Cooper of a conference report budget that fails to invest in health care and public education while prioritizing tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. "Lawmakers should be prepared to swiftly sustain the veto. "This budget proposal refl  more

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation Receives Susan G. Komen Grant for Breast Health Services to Those Most in Need
BOLIVIA, North Carolina, June 26 -- Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center issued the following news release: Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $29,900 grant from Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC). Komen NCTC funding will support Brunswick Medical Center's breast screening and diagnostic program for uninsured and individuals in need, an initiative to reduce breast cancer mortality by decreasing late-stage diagnosis. The program a  more

Novant Health Is First To Bring Applied Artificial Intelligence to Stroke Care in Carolinas
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, June 27 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health, a nationally recognized leader in stroke care, has partnered with Viz.ai to bring the first U.S. Food & Drug Administration-cleared computer-aided triage system to the Carolinas. Novant Health will be deploying this applied artificial intelligence-based technology throughout the system, which will build on its commitment to provide access to the most advanced stroke care, beginning with Nov  more

Pet Sitters International Provides Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Fourth of July
KING, North Carolina, June 26 -- Pet Sitters International issued the following news release: * * * - The membership association advises pet owners to consider their pets when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. * * * Americans are expected to spend nearly $6.8 billion on food alone for this year's Fourth of July celebrations, according to the National Retail Federation. With preparations for fireworks displays, cookouts and parades underway, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is reminding   more

Revised American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Test Methods and Procedures Available
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, June 26 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: AATCC research committees work year-round to develop and update standards. The results are published twice per year--in the AATCC Technical Manual each January and in the Mid-Year Supplement each June. The 2019 Mid-Year Supplement includes 16 revised standards and one new evaluation procedure approved since publication of the 2019 AATCC Technical Manu  more

Sigma Xi: Behind the Scenes With President Joel Primack
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, June 24 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: * * * - Joel Primack's one-year term as Sigma Xi's president ends on June 30, 2019. He describes below the highlights from his year at the helm of the Society. * * * During my term as Sigma Xi president from July 2018 through June 2019, I have been especially pleased with the success of Sigma Xi's 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. It was held in the hear  more

Southern Coalition for Social Justice: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Partisan Gerrymandering Is Non-Justiciable
DURHAM, North Carolina, June 27 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in North Carolina's partisan gerrymandering case that federal courts will have no role in reviewing partisan gerrymandering. The 5-4 decision ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause determines that challenges to partisan discrimination in the redistricting process are nonjusticiable and North Carolina's 2016 congressional plan will remain intact. Allison Riggs, senior vo  more

Southern Coalition for Social Justice: Wake County Litigants Applaud Adoption of Federal Court-Drawn Map for 2020 State House Elections
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 24 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news: The North Carolina General Assembly has approved a redistricting plan that reverts four state House Districts in Wake County (HD 36, 37, 40, and 41) to their configuration as they were drawn in 2011. The redraw was required by an order from a three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court to remedy changes made by lawmakers in 2017 that violated the North Carolina Constitution's prohibition  more