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Federal Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday July 21, 2019 ( 14 items )  

Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Receive $80,401 from Interior
WASHINGTON, July 20 - The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $80,401 cooperative agreement to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, for the completion of deferred maintenance projects for continued visitor access at the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and W  more

Department of Labor Investigation Finds Asheville, North Carolina, Resort in Violation of H-2B Guest Worker Program
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, July 17 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Biltmore Co. - operating as Biltmore Workforce Management Inc. and based in Asheville, North Carolina - has paid $6,938 in back wages to a U.S. applicant for violating labor provisions of the H-2B visa program. The employer also paid a civil penalty of $24,076 assessed by WHD. WHD de  more

FEMA: More Than $6 Million Approved for Wilmington Area
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA and the state of North Carolina are announcing more than $6 million to reimburse local governments and a public utility authority for Hurricane Florence-related expenses. More than $1.5 million in reimbursement funding is going to Bald Head Island for the removal of vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the village.  more

Georgia and North Carolina Become Latest States to Test New Ways to Assess Student Achievement
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved two additional states to assess student achievement in new, creative ways. Georgia and North Carolina will take part in the innovative assessments pilot program, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), during the 2019-2020 school year. "I'm pleased that Georgia and North Carolina are rethinking how to assess student achievement in ways that are   more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney's Office Partners With AARP and FBI to Promote DOJ's Elder Justice Initiative
RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina partnered with the FBI and AARP to promote the Department of Justice's Elder Justice Iniative by conducting outreach and educating older adults about the latest scams so they do not fall victim. Approximately 2,500 seniors in the Eastern District dialed-in to an in  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: Former Buncombe County Commissioner Indicted on Federal Charges
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, July 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, R. Andrew Murray, issued the following news release: * * * - The Defendant Allegedly Conspired with Former Buncombe County Manager to Use $575,000 in County Funds to Sponsor Equestrian Activities in North Carolina and Florida * * * Today, a federal grand jury in Asheville returned a criminal bill of indictment against former Buncombe County Commissioner Ellen Madans Frost, 64, of Asheville, N.  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: Former Payroll Administrator Indicted For Embezzling More Than $200,000 From Non-Profit Company
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, R. Andrew Murray, issued the following news release: Today, a federal grand jury in Charlotte returned a criminal bill of indictment against Susan Watson, 41, of Gastonia, N.C., charging her with wire fraud, for embezzling at least $200,000 from her employer, the North and South Carolina Division of a Non-Profit Company, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Car  more

North Carolina U.S. Attorney: Shallotte Gang Member Sentenced 25 Years for Drug Distribution
RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced COVIA DZELL SMITH, 46, of Shallotte, North Carolina, to 300 months imprisonment, followed by 6 years of supervised release. SMITH was named in a three-count Indictment filed on May 8, 2018, charging hi  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Summit Engineering
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54153) involving Summit Engineering, Durham, North Carolina: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND PORTABLE GAUGE The following report was received from the State of North Carolina: "On 7/8/19 around 1200 EDT, the North Carolina Radioactive Materials Branch (RMB) received a call from NC Emergency Management and Durham area police that a yellow package was found on the side of the road at a carwash i  more

President Trump Issues Remarks in Meeting With Survivors of Religious Persecution
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- President Trump issued the following remarks in a meeting with survivors of religious persecution: THE PRESIDENT: We'll be leaving for North Carolina in a short while. I think some of you will be outside. Tremendous crowds in North Carolina. Tremendous crowds everywhere. But we have a very important group of people standing alongside of me. I'm honored to welcome Pastor Andrew Brunson and other survivors of religious persecution to the White House. We're grateful to be   more

President Trump Issues Remarks on Air Force One Arrival
GREENVILLE, North Carolina, July 17 -- President Trump issued the following remarks on the Air Force One arrival at the Pitt-Greenville Airport: THE PRESIDENT: So we just got a very big vote on impeachment -- the most ridiculous project I've ever been involved in. We have the strongest economy in the world. We've rebuilt our military. We've knocked out regulations. We have the greatest tax cuts we've ever had -- the biggest and best -- including ANWR and including getting rid of a lot of diff  more

Secretary DeVos Continues to Build Support for Education Freedom Scholarships in North Carolina
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following media advisory: Event Date 1: July 17, 2019 - 1:00pm Raleigh, North Carolina--U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will join North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest for a roundtable discussion with families, educators, stakeholders and local elected leaders in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, to discuss how herEducation Freedom Scholarships (EFS) proposal could support state and local school choice   more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds North Carolina Restaurant Violated Federal Wage and Overtime Laws
HICKORY, North Carolina, July 18 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: Nara Japanese Restaurant LLC - a restaurant based in Hickory, North Carolina - has paid $28,779 in back wages to 20 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD found Nara Japanese Restaurant LLC paid kitchen staff flat daily rate  more

Vice President Pence Issues Remarks at Fort Bragg Army Base
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, July 17 -- The White House issued the following remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Bragg Army Base: THE VICE PRESIDENT: To General Quintas, General Howell, General McKiernan; to Congressman Hudson; to all the extraordinary men and women who serve in the United States Army and the Joint Special Operations Command; to all who support their service, who are so well represented here today: It is my great honor to join you here at the home of the Airborne and Sp  more