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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 35 items )  

14 Novant Health Hospitals Highlighted in 2019 Healthcare Equality Index
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health is proud to announce that 14 of its acute care facilities have been recognized as "Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. This is the third year in a row that Novant Health has received systemwide recognition. Novant Heal  more

ACLU of North Carolina & 100+ Groups Urge N.C. Governor to Veto Anti-Immigrant Bill That Would Force Sheriffs to Work With ICE
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union, more than 70 national organizations, 40 North Carolina groups, and 80 North Carolina businesses are urging Governor Roy Cooper to veto a bill that would force all North Carolina county sheriffs to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in detaining and deporting community members or face removal from office. In separate letter  more

ACLU of North Carolina Applauds Gov. Cooper for Vetoing Anti-Immigrant Law
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper today vetoed House Bill 370, an extreme anti-immigrant bill that would force county sheriffs to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain and deport community members or face removal from office. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and more than 100 other groups had urged Cooper to issue the veto. "We applaud Gove  more

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Announces 2020 Concept 2 Consumer Student Design Competition
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: Students are invited to showcase their design talents to win cash and recognition by participating in the 2020 Concept 2 Consumer(R) Student Design Competition. AATCC announces the Concept 2 Consumer(R) Student Design Competition. The 2020 "Everlasting Style"-themed competition will challenge students to design a line of office/work attire that is tim  more

Appalachian Voices Issues Statement on Duke Energy Rate Hike Bill
BOONE, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following statement by North Carolina Field Coordinator Josh McClenney: Today the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to pass SB559 with an amendment requiring a study of the most controversial provisions. One of the provisions is a multi-year rate plan that critics say could cost ratepayers an additional $23 billion in coming years with reduced public participation. "The study amendment attached to SB559 is an absolute  more

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Announces Session Chairs and New Conference Details for Inaugural FiltXPO Featuring Technical Experts in Critical Filtration and Separation Areas
CARY, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry issued the following news release: Industry experts in filtration science and technology will chair seven critical sessions for INDA's inaugural FiltXPO, North American's only exhibition and technical conference dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation, Feb. 26-28, 2020, at Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill. The overall FiltXPO program will be chaired by Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Industry Re  more

Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association Technology Conference to Explore Digital Products
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, a division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, issued the following news release: Attendees at the 2019 AASA Technology Conference will explore unique ways to develop and introduce new aftermarket products. Charles Vaillant, Chief Technology Officer for Mann+Hummel, will present on "Developing Digital Aftermarket Products" at the event, which will be held Sept. 29 - Oct.1 in Bo  more

Cancer Action Network Issues Statement on Opportunity to Veto North Carolina Small Business Healthcare Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following statement by Christine Weason, North Carolina government relations director: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has an opportunity to veto SB 86, the North Carolina Small Business Healthcare Act which will expand access to association health plans (AHPs) that are bare bones health insurance policies that offer minimal benefits. "The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) strongly urges Go  more

DC Velocity and RoboBusiness Review to Partner With MHI on ProMat 2021 Robotics & Automation Solution Center Educational Summits
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 19 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release: MHI recently announced an educational partnership with DC Velocity and RoboBusiness Review for the new ProMat 2021 Robotics and Automation Solutions Center. As part of this partnership, each publication will host summits featuring education on the latest trends and technologies in robotics and automation for distribution center and warehouse operations. These   more

Environmental Working Group: Duke Energy Blames Renewables for Increased Air Pollution in North Carolina
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 -- The Environmental Working Group issued the following news release: At a time when forward-looking utilities are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, the nation's largest investor-owned electric utility is pushing an outlandish claim that the growth of solar power will increase air pollution. Duke Energy, which supplies electricity to 7.7 million Americans, says the increase of solar power in its home state of North Carolina is responsible for a spike in nitrogen ox  more

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Alcorn State Reforms Speech Codes, Earns Highest Free Speech Rating
LORMAN, Pennsylvania, Aug. 19 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued the following news release: Alcorn State University eliminated or revised all of its speech policies that conflict with the First Amendment, becoming the fifth institution in Mississippi to earn the highest, "green light" rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national free speech organization. Mississippi is now home to more green light schools than any other state except North C  more

Journal of Applied Gerontology Issues 7 Research Articles in October 2019 Edition
TAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina, Aug. 24 -- 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 seven research articles on the following topics in its October 2019 edition: * Adapting the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index Copyright (c) for Use in Long-Term Care: A Mixed-Methods Approach * Ad  more

LCV Victory Fund Announces $250K Digital and Mail Campaign in NC-09
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: * * * - Iraq Veteran McCready Created Hundreds of Green Jobs; Bishop Put Polluters Over People * * * LCV Victory Fund today announced a $250,000 digital ad and direct mail campaign in North Carolina's 9th congressional district. The campaign contrasts Iraq War veteran Dan McCready's record of creating good, green jobs at North Carolina solar farms with Dan Bishop's record of siding with  more

League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club Mobilize Members to Elect Dan McCready
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 19 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: * * * - Green Groups Re-Investing in McCready after Fraud in November Election * * * Today, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced that they will be investing in and mobilizing their members to help elect Dan McCready in the special election for North Carolina's 9th congressional district. The groups will be contacting their members to help elect McCready.  more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association: Talks With Congressional Leaders Focus on Policies That Impact Motor Vehicle Suppliers
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: Three members of Congress joined MEMA and business leadership for high-level discussions about the risks and challenges on the rise as of a series of international trade policies impact the motor vehicle supplier industry. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) and Haley Stevens (D-Mich) and Andy Levin (D-Mich) joined MEMA President and CEO Bill Long and a number of in  more

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Special Concert Film Celebrates Nina Simone's Legacy and Works to Save Her Childhood Home
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued the following news release: The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Come Hear North Carolina have released the full concert video from Vanessa Ferguson's recent performance at the childhood home of Nina Simone in Tryon, N.C. The video shows Ms. Ferguson, the Greensboro artist who gained national fame and fans as a finalist on NBC's "The Voice," performing Nina Simone's classics in the home where Sim  more

Navigate Nonwovens Markets With Market Intelligence and Economic Forecasts Presented by INDA's Brad Kalil at RISE and Hygienix
CARY, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry issued the following news release: Nonwovens professionals will gain timely market forecasts and insights to better navigate dynamic markets by attending presentations by INDA's newly titled Director of Market Intelligence & Economic Insights, Brad Kalil, at two must-attend industry conferences this fall: Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE(R)) and Hygienix(TM). INDA today ann  more

New Center for Responsible Lending Report: Student Debt Crisis Deepens in North Carolina
DURHAM, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following news release: * * * - Policies Should Prioritize Quality and Accountability, Not Allow Unmanageable Debt to Weigh Down Families and NC Economy * * * In a comprehensive analysis of North Carolina-specific data, a Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) report released today paints a picture of a deepening student debt crisis that is distressing many communities, delaying home purchases and the creation of   more

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Announces Beginning Teacher of the Year Award
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is pleased to announce the NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award, an award program designed to honor and retain North Carolina excellent teachers and education leaders among the 7000 beginning teachers recruited annually. "NCCAT is a long-time supporter of teaching excellence and a natural expression of that sup  more

North Carolina Justice Center Sends Letter to Gov. Cooper Urging Him to Veto House Bill 370
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- The North Carolina Justice Center issued the following news: The North Carolina Justice Center sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper this week urging him to veto House Bill 370, which supports the Trump Administration's deportation machine while turning its back on duly elected Black sheriffs. H.B. 370 requires all sheriffs in North Carolina to bring individuals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies for removal before a state judicial offi  more

North Carolina Justice Center: Medicaid Expansion Would Stabilize Rural Hospitals, Communities
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- The North Carolina Justice Center issued the following news: Many N.C. rural hospitals have closed or are at risk of closing for financial reasons. Medicaid expansion is likely the single fastest way to put these facilities on more solid economic ground. Medicaid Expansion could provide a much-needed tonic for the fiscal ailments that many rural hospitals face in North Carolina, according to a new report from the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Just  more

Operation Homefront: Food Lion Feeds Announces Bold New Plans to Fight Hunger
SALISBURY, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- Operation Homefront issued the following news release: * * * - Retailer Launches New Partnerships and Commitment to Donate 1 Billion More Meals/* to Help Neighbors in Need * * * To end hunger for 1 in 8 neighbors and 1 in 6 food-insecure children, Food Lion today announced its bold new plans for its hunger-relief initiative, Food Lion Feeds. To fight hunger in its operating area, Food Lion Feeds will expand its long-term partnership with Feeding America(  more

PETA: Guilty - Rich Square Couple Convicted in Chained Dog's Heatstroke Death
RICH SQUARE, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Discovered Dead Dog Still Tethered and Left to Rot in Yard During Heat Wave * * * Today, Kenneth and Chekila Stephenson were found guilty on cruelty-to-animals charges stemming from the death of their 2-year-old black lab, Molly, last August. PETA fieldworkers discovered her dead body tied up and lying in a shallow dirt hole that she'd dug in a desperate and fai  more

Pharmacists Prepare for New Compounding Standards
BETHESDA, Maryland, Aug. 19 -- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following news: When the latest compounding standards from the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) go into effect, Cone Health in North Carolina will be ready, says Kevin Hansen, Assistant Director of Pharmacy at 517-bed Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. "We've actually done a considerable amount of construction, renovation, and even built out some brand new pharmacies ... to ensure compliance," he sai  more

Preview: 2019 AAU National Indoor Pickleball Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 21 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: AAU Pickleball will hold their National Championship tournament here in Orlando, Florida on Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25 at the Orlando Sports Center. The event is scheduled to have 225 competitors, traveling from 16 different states - Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Minnesota, South Carolina, Indiana, Colorado, Massachusetts, Utah, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, as well as On  more

RTI Awarded New Work to Track and Evaluate State Policies Related to MAT for Opioid Use Disorder
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 23 -- RTI International issued the following news release: * * * - Outcomes will allow federal and state policymakers to identify and address barriers to using medication for treating opioid use disorder * * * RTI International was recently awarded a new contract, "Tracking and Evaluation of State Policies Related to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)," for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify and assess the impact of   more

RTI International: Child Welfare Agencies Leading the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- RTI International issued the following news release: Human trafficking, including the sex trafficking of children, is a growing concern in the United States. The Administration for Children and Families has released a report to Congress prepared by RTI International, documenting the range of policies and programs aimed at curbing child sex trafficking victimization. The report, The Child Welfare System Response to Sex Trafficking, examines eff  more

RTI International: FDA's 'The Real Cost' Media Campaign Reduces U.S. Youth's Incentive to Start Smoking
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- RTI International issued the following news release: A new study conducted by the nonprofit research institute RTI International assessed the relationship between youth exposure to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's national tobacco public education campaign, The Real Cost, and changes in smoking initiation. The study found that the odds of youth reporting they began smoking was less in media markets with higher levels of advertising than   more

RTI International: Researchers Find Combined Therapy for RA May Help Speed Remission
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 21 -- RTI International issued the following news release: Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, recently found that patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may see less disease activity and higher remission rates after biologic therapy plus methotrexate (MTX) rather than either treatment alone. The results of their systematic review have been published in the Journal  more

Sexually Transmitted Diseases JournalIssues 13 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
DURHAM, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- Sexually Transmitted Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features clinical, laboratory, immunologic, epidemiologic, behavioral, public health and historical topics pertaining to sexually transmitted diseases from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, published 13 research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * Changes in Patient Visits After the Implementation of Insurance Billing at a Sexually Transmitted D  more

Share Education Services Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release: * * * - SHARE Education Services Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization * * * The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of SHARE Education Services of Raleigh, NC. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accountability, transpare  more

Southern Environmental Law Center: Complete 540 Project Moves Forward With Settlement Agreement
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 22 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release: * * * - Turnpike Authority to proceed with final permitting and project financing * * * The N.C. Department of Transportation and Sound Rivers, Inc., Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Air Carolina, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, have signed a settlement agreement. This will allow the N.C. Turnpike Authority to proceed with the Triangle Expressway Southe  more

States Schedule Public Hearings on Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Aug. 21 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission issued the following news release: The Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board releases Draft Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass for public comment. Atlantic coastal states from Maine through North Carolina, including Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, have scheduled their hearings to gather publi  more

The Harvest Center of Charlotte Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Aug. 20 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release: * * * - The Harvest Center of Charlotte Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization * * * The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of The Harvest Center of Charlotte of Charlotte, NC. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accou  more

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Study Compares Investigational Regenerative Skin Tissue to Conventional Treatment for Severe Burns
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Aug. 19 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: Autografting is considered to be the standard of care for severe burns. The process involves the surgical harvesting of healthy skin from an uninjured site on the patient and transplanting the skin graft to the injury, resulting in two wounds that require care. Not only do patients experience increased pain, but both the burn injury site and the donor site are at increased risk of  more