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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 40 items )  

2019 Tabbie Award Presented to American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists for Feature Article in AATCC Review
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 30 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: AATCC has won yet another Tabbie award for an in-depth feature article, published in the January/February 2018 issue of AATCC Review, written by feature writer Craig Crawford. Crawford chairs and presents at numerous fashion and retail tech events, where he connects global industry leaders and technology innovators. He advises fashion tech startups in  more

Alliance for Justice Issues Statement on Gun Shop Billboard Featuring Representatives Faces
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The Alliance for Justice issued the following statement by President Nan Aron after the reports of a gun shop billboard in Murphy, North Carolina, that features the faces of Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and implies threats of lethal violence against the four: "There are almost no words to express how vile this billboard is, but we know this much: it crystallizes a truth about how much Donald Trump has undermined our shared   more

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists to Conduct Textile Testing Workshop September 25-26
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 31 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: If you are responsible for product evaluation, specifications, and quality control for apparel and textile materials, this workshop is a must for you. Register today for AATCC's limited attendance Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop to be held September 25-26 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. Attendees will learn how t  more

American Gaming Association Issues Statement on Sports Betting in North Carolina
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The American Gaming Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Bill Miller: The American Gaming Association released the following statement after Governor Roy Cooper signed S. 154 - a bill which enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support - to authorize sports betting at two tribal casinos in North Carolina. With Gov. Cooper's signature, the Tarheel State becomes the 19th jurisdiction in America to authorize sports betting. "Legalizing sports betting i  more

American Society of Echocardiography: Need to Cram Before the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer Exam?
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 30 -- The American Society of Echocardiography issued the following news release: ASE has the best study tool available if you are planning to take the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) examination in August. This guide was designed by accomplished expert sonographers and ACS imaging specialists. It includes a video and workbook set that has 20 modules on a variety of topics. The workbook correlates with each lecture providing a question and answer section for eac  more

Appalachian Voices Issues Statement on Mountain Valley Pipeline
BOONE, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following statement by Virginia Campaign Manager Peter Anderson in response to the Virginia Environmental Quality Department's issuance of a stop work order on the Mountain Valley Pipeline: "Today the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a stop work instruction to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC for a 2-mile section of the pipeline construction spread, finding "insufficient erosion and sediment controls" and that   more

Appalachian Voices: Independent Analysis Fails to Find Convincing Evidence That Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Is Needed
BOONE, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following news release: Today the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC), a nonprofit consulting group, published an analysis finding that neither the builder nor the anchor customer of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension project have provided "convincing evidence of a need for MVP Southgate." The report exposes the flimsy assumptions used by MVP, LLC and PSNC Energy to justify the new 73-mile fracked-gas pipeline, and  more

Center for Responsible Lending Issues Statement on Think Finance Violation of Pennsylvania Interest Rate Cap
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 29 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following statement by Diane Standaert, director of state policy and executive vice president: Last week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a settlement with Think Finance LLC, a fintech company that had engaged in multi-party schemes to make loans with interest rates of up to 448% in Pennsylvania in violation of the state's interest rate cap. Under the terms, Think Finance and its investor Victo  more

Consumer Choice Center: A CBD and Hemp Ban in NC Would Be Bad for Consumers and Farmers
RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 29 -- The Consumer Choice Center issued the following news release: A committee in the North Carolina House has expedited a proposal to ban smokeable hemp (such as CBD) beginning in 2019 rather than 2020. It will be debated tomorrow in the House Judiciary Committee. The NC House Agricultural Committee approved the change earlier this month, citing the difficulties law enforcement will face distinguishing between legal marijuana and hemp with low-THC and high-THC c  more

Darren Armstrong, North Carolina Farmer, Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman at Cincinnati Meeting
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The U.S. Grains Council issued the following news release: The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) elected Darren Armstrong, a farmer from North Carolina representing the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, as chairman of its Board of Directors at its 59th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday. "To be successful with global trade, you have to find a way to make it happen," said Armstrong during his incoming comments, announcing his chairman year'  more

Duke Cancer Institute: Cost of Breast Cancer Surgery Influences Many Women's Treatment
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 30 -- Duke Cancer Institute issued the following news release: * * * - But doctors seldom discuss financial differences between similarly effective treatments * * * Even among well-educated women with health insurance coverage, a significant proportion said the costs of cancer treatment influenced the type of surgery they chose for breast cancer treatment, a study led by the Duke Cancer Institute found. The finding, published online in the Journal of Oncology Pr  more

Duke Cancer Institute: Enzalutamide Shows Survival Benefit in Men With Metastatic Prostate Cancer
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 29 -- Duke Cancer Institute issued the following news release: A combination of enzalutamide and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) significantly reduced the risk of metastatic progression or death over time in men with advanced prostate cancer, according to the results of clinical trial led by Duke Cancer Institute. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, were the product of a multi-institutional study called ARCHES, which evaluated the effica  more

Environmental Research and Education Foundation to Hold Summit on Management Issues and Policy Related to PFAS in Leachate
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- The Environmental Research and Education Foundation issued the following news release, dated July 29: The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) will hold its Summit on PFAS in Leachate August 14 - 15 at the Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ann Arbor, MI. The day and a half of presentations will begin at 1:30 pm ET on Wednesday, August 14, and conclude at 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 15. This Summit will bring together practicing engineers  more

FHI 360 Welcomes Howell Wechsler as New Director for U.S. Programs
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 30 -- FHI 360 issued the following news release: FHI 360 is pleased to announce the appointment of Howell Wechsler, a leader in U.S. public health and education, as the Director for U.S. Programs. Dr. Wechsler comes to FHI 360 with a long and distinguished career as an executive and thought leader working at the crossroads of health and education. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, where he oversaw one of   more

Journal of Applied Gerontology Issues 6 Research Articles in September 2019 Edition
TAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- 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 September 2019 edition: * Building Better Caregivers: A Pragmatic 12-Month Trial of a Community-Based Workshop for Caregivers of Cognitively  more

MHI: Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Announces New American National Standards Institute Standard
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release: The Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA) industry group of MHI is pleased to announce that they are releasing a new ANSI standard governing AC inverters used on monorail cranes. The standard, ANSI ECMA 25-19 "AC Inverters for Use on Electric Overhead, Monorail, and Gantry Traveling Cranes," represents suggested design practices and oper  more

MHI: MH Plus Program Saves ProMat 2019 Exhibitors $1M Plus
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 31 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release: Earlier this year, MHI introduced a new program to help exhibitors control their material handling costs at MHI trade events. The program, referred to as the MH+ Program, provided exhibitors with material handling choices that serve to eliminate outbound overtime, lower machinery material handling rates, and creates an optional flat rate material handling fee   more

Milita Godette Joins Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Headlines Enhancements to Championships & Events Staff
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association issued the following news: * * * - Hagans & Incorminias-Brooks Both Promoted to New Roles in Addition to Godette Hire * * * The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Milita Godette as Coordinator of Championships & Events. "We're excited to add Milita to the CIAA staff. Her knowledge and vast experience working at various levels of event management will ma  more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Responds to Imposition of Additional Tariffs on Goods From China
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: MEMA has repeatedly called for China and the United States to work together to reach a trade agreement that works for both countries. It was our hope that on-going talks would lead to an agreement and allow the Trump administration to lift existing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese inputs. Today's announcement by President Trump that he will impose 10 per  more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Thought Leader to Present to CAR MBS 2019
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Wilson will be given a presentation on current and emerging trade issues within the automotive industry at the CAR MBS 2019 event in Traverse City, MI, Aug. 5-8. CAR MBS is an annual event that features a diverse mix of visionary leaders focused on the future   more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Weighs in on Effort to Stop Sales of Counterfeit Motor Vehicle Parts
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 31 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) responded to a call by the Department of Commerce to explore ways to prevent counterfeit motor parts from being sold in on-line markets. Commerce is seeking information in order to respond to an April 2019 Presidential Memorandum titled "Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods." That memoran  more

Muslim Advocates Issue Statement on Billboard Encouraging Violence Against Rep. Omar
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Muslim Advocates issued the following statement by Public Advocacy Director Scott Simpson calling on Cherokee Guns in Murphy, North Carolina, and Allison Outdoor Advertising to take down a billboard that invites gun violence against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, most of whom have received assassination threats: Muslim Advocates is encouraging supporters to send emails to Allison Outdoor Advertising and Cherokee Guns asking   more

Muslim Advocates Issue Statement on Billboard Targeting Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Muslim Advocates issued the following statement by Public Advocacy Director Scott Simpson: * * * - Billboard Company Has Left Threatening Sign Up for Days, Possibly Another Week * * * Despite claims that Allison Outdoor Advertising will take down a North Carolina gun shop billboard threatening violence against four congresswomen, the billboard remains and may stay in place for another week. New reporting from the Asheville Citizen-Times suggests that not only is the bil  more

National Center for Lesbian Rights 's Born Perfect Campaign Hails Groundbreaking North Carolina Order Protecting LGBTQ Youth From Conversion Therapy
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following news release: Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to protect vulnerable young people from conversion therapy, which seeks to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The order directs the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit payment for conversion therapy for minors by any health care provider receiving state or feder  more

National Cotton Council: Mid-South, Western Cotton Producers to See Southeast Operations
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 31 -- The National Cotton Council issued the following news release: * * * - Six Mid-South and four Western cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in Virginia and North Carolina on August 11-15 as part of the NCC's 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). * * * Six Mid-South and four Western cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in Virginia and North Carolina on August 11-15 as part of the National Cotton C  more

National Council on Electricity Policy Welcomes North Carolina Utilities Commissioner Brown-Bland as New Vice President
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following news release: * * * - National Council on Electricity Policy Welcomes North Carolina Utilities Commissioner Brown-Bland as New Vice President * * * The National Council on Electricity Policy--the nation's only stakeholder organization that supports all state-level decision-makers involved in electricity policy--elected Commissioner ToNola Brown-Bland, of the North Carolina Utilities Commis  more

North Carolina Justice Center: June's Local Labor Market Previews Worrying Trends
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The North Carolina Justice Center issued the following news: June's local labor market data shows a slight uptick in unemployment in most metro and micro statistical areas across the state over the past two months. This is coupled with the stubborn concentration of job loss in Eastern North Carolina. Metropolitan areas such as Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Winston-Salem continue to lead the state in job growth year-over-year. But many communities continue  more

Novant Health Opens 11 Clinics, Adds 28 Physicians in Second Quarter in Greater Charlotte Market
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, July 30 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health today announced its physician and clinic growth for the second quarter of 2019 in the greater Charlotte market. Within the three-month time period, the health care system opened 11 clinics and added 28 physicians, bringing the total number of physicians in the greater Charlotte Market to 888. "Providing our patients with expert primary and specialty care is a top priority at Novant Health,"  more

PETA: Censorship of Anti-Circus Ad Prompts Free Speech Lawsuit Possibility
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Aug. 1 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Greensboro Transit Authority Is in PETA's Bad Books Ahead of Upcoming City-Hosted Circus Show * * * Today, PETA legal counsel sent a letter to the Greensboro city attorney challenging the Greensboro Transit Authority's refusal to run an anti-circus ad on its buses ahead of UniverSoul Circus performances that are scheduled to begin on August 13. PETA points out that rej  more

PETA: Vegans to BBQ a 'Dog'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 31 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Thought-Provoking PETA Protest Will Urge Passersby to Fight Speciesism by Leaving All Animals off Their Plates * * * A group of PETA supporters will serve up some food for thought about speciesism--a human-supremacist worldview--on Thursday, when they'll barbecue a "dog" on a grill above a banner that reads, "If You Wouldn't Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Pig?" When: Thursday,   more

RTI International's Craig Hill Recognized as ASA Fellow at 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 31 -- RTI International issued the following news release: RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, announces Craig A. Hill, PhD has been recognized as an ASA Fellow at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Denver, Colorado. Formed in 1839, the American Statistical Association includes over 19,000 members from academics, government, research, and business. According to the ASA, their mission is to promote the practice and profession  more

RTI International: U.S. News & World Report Releases 2019-20 Best Hospitals Rankings
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 30 -- RTI International issued the following news release: The annual U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings, released Tuesday, have named the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, as the top five "honor roll" hospitals for 2019-20. Researchers at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, and U.S. News collected and analyzed  more

Save the Children Expands Head Start Programs in North Carolina, Following Legacy of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency
SALISBURY, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- Save the Children issued the following news release: * * * - Save the Children To Serve 300+ Children and Their Families in Three Counties * * * Save the Children, which has operated Head Start and Early Head Start programs since 2011, has further expanded operations in North Carolina and will now serve children and families in three additional counties, including Stanly, Montgomery and Moore, the nonprofit announced today. The program will serve 324 chil  more

Sigma Xi: Members and an Explorer Earn Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 29 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: Eight students connected to Sigma Xi won awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. Collectively, they received $221,000. They are eight Sigma Xi associate members and one explorer. All of the students who compete at Intel ISEF are ninth through twelfth graders who won a top prize at a local, regional, state, or national science fair. Intel  more

Southern Environmental Law Center: Administrative Court Confirms State Authority to Require Duke Energy Clean Up Its Coal Ash Pollution
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release: A North Carolina administrative law judge today confirmed the state of North Carolina's authority to require cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash pollution of groundwater, dismissing part of Duke Energy's challenge to the state's April orders instructing Duke Energy to fully remove all coal ash from its unlined, leaking lagoons in six communities across North Carolina. "Today's dismissa  more

Take Five Minutes to Change the Course of American Society of Echocardiography in 2020
DURHAM, North Carolina, July 30 -- The American Society of Echocardiography issued the following news release: In an effort to understand the needs of our members, ASE is requesting some quick feedback from you regarding the Society's current Strategic Goals and member resources. Your input will help shape the next Strategic Plan, which will debut in 2020. This survey will gather your thoughts and opinions to help ASE build a future of value to you and other members of our medical community. Y  more

TDJF, Nationwide Children's 'Sock It to Childhood Cancer'
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina, July 30 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release, dated Aug. 1: * * * - Socks Designed by Patient Champion Help the Quest for a Cure * * * In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Dale Jr. Foundation and Nationwide Children's Hospital have teamed up to 'Sock It to Childhood Cancer.' Socks designed by 8-year-old Patient Champion Carter Nance of Columbus, are now on sale to help fortify the fight against childhood cancers, and th  more

Telemedicine Journal and E-Health Issues 15 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, Aug. 3 -- The Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features telemedicine applications for optimal patient care and outcomes, published 15 research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * A Prenatal Remote Monitoring Program in Pregnancies Complicated with Gestational Hypertensive Disorders: What Are the Contributors to the Cost Savings? * Evaluation of a Telehealth Counseling Program for Expatriates * Implementa  more

Using the Outside as Your Main STEM Tool Coming to North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: Take the indoor classroom outside and bring STEM to life. Using various tools such as GooseChase, Geocaching, iNaturalist, and others, learn to use the "outside" as your main STEM tool. Discover how to integrate STEM into social studies, ELA, and science curriculum. Help students acquire and synthesize knowledge through experiential learning. Design lessons using STEM tool  more

Wake Forest Baptist Receives Top National Award for Cardiovascular Care for Second Consecutive Year
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Aug. 2 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has once again been recognized for the level of care provided to patients who have suffered a heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (MI). Wake Forest Baptist is one of 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology's NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award in 2019. The National Card  more