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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 29 items )  

American Society of Echocardiography: CASE - Now Accepting Veterinary Medicine CV Imaging Cases
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 18 -- The American Society of Echocardiography issued the following news release: With many of our members engaged in working with zoos to echo animals or working on research projects studying animal heart and circulatory systems to bring knowledge to the understanding of human diseases and conditions, ASE is thrilled to announce that a new veterinary section will now be included in ASE's online case reports journal, CASE. Veterinary/comparative medicine submissio  more

American Society of Echocardiography: Soak Up the Sun at Echo Hawaii
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 19 -- The American Society of Echocardiography issued the following news release: Expert U.S. and international faculty from 14 different institutions will provide top-notch, diverse education at ASE's 30th Annual Echo Hawaii(TM), January 20-24, 2020. You won't want to miss: * An opportunity to interact with the faculty at the casual and lively welcome reception. * Learning state-of-the-art technologies with a focus on how they can be effectively applied in the   more

American Trucking Associations: Technology & Maintenance Council Announces 87 Finalists in TMCSuperTech Heavy-Duty Track
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 15 -- The American Trucking Associations issued the following news release: Today, American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council announced the 87 TMCSuperTech competitors advancing to the Day 2 Heavy-Duty Track Hands-On Skills Challenge. The competition launched this morning at the Raleigh Convention Center. Table omitted. To view table click here: (https://www.trucking.org/article/TMC-Announces-87-Finalists-in-TMCSuperTech-Heavy-Duty-Track)   more

American Trucking Associations: Technology & Maintenance Council Opens North America's Top Technician Skills Competitions
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 15 -- The American Trucking Associations issued the following news release: Today, American Tucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council launched its annual National Technician Skills Competitions--TMCSuperTech 2019--here at the Raleigh Convention Center. Now in its 15th year, the event is North America's premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians. "As technology continues to transform the way fleets operate, staying ahea  more

Appalachian Voices Issues Statement on Virginia Gov. Northam Executive Order 43
BOONE, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following statement by Executive Director Tom Cormons: Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 43, setting a goal for the commonwealth to achieve 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2050. "This announcement from the Northam administration underscores that Virginia must chart a course for a cleaner, healthier and more economically vibrant future. We're pleased that Virginia is joining other states that have pl  more

Appalachian Voices: Complaint Filed Against Duke Energy With NC Elections Board
BOONE, North Carolina, Sept. 18 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following news release: Former Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall submitted a complaint to the State Board of Elections today requesting an investigation into an alleged coverup of illegal campaign contributions from the Duke Energy Corporation Political Action Committee. The complaint states that Duke's PAC violated state law by contributing $41,600 to eight members of the General Assembly, each of whom holds a  more

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Announces 2019 Degree Completion Award Finalists
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities issued the following news: As part of its ongoing efforts to increase degree completion, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of Central Florida, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Rhode Island as finalists for its 2019 Degree Completion Award. The annual award works to identify, recognize, and reward institutions that employ innovati  more

Blinded Veterans Association: 2019 Blinded Appalachian Trail in North Carolina 'In Honor of Chief Joe Parker'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The Blinded Veterans Association issued the following news release: Three members of the Blinded Veterans Association, along with their guides, will walk the 96-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Beginning on the 24th of September at Blue Ridge Gap in Northern Georgia, theses veterans will average 16 miles a day for 6 days ending on the 29th of September at Fontana Dam in North Carolina. This falls under the B-A-T program which is run by the Blind  more

Celebrate Charlotte Arts Winners Receive $200,000 for Arts Projects That Showcase the Spirit of the City
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Sept. 19 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Winners of Knight Foundation's inaugural initiative to show their works at BOOM Festival in spring 2020 * * * The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced the winners of its inaugural Celebrate Charlotte Arts initiative, which supports projects by and for residents of Charlotte that showcase artistic excellence and capture the spirit of the city. The twel  more

Center for Biological Diversity: Lawsuit Launched to Protect Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro From UNC's Coal Plant Pollution
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for violations of the Clean Air Act. The violations, in large part, result from the University's ongoing use of two outdated coal-burning boilers. UNC's power-plant emissions have violated the Clean Air Act on dozens of occasions in recent y  more

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Raleigh North Carolina Temple Opens for Tours
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 19 -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued the following news release: * * * - The public is invited to a free open house and tour to see the changes and learn about the important work that occurs in the holy building. * * * After a lengthy remodeling project, the Raleigh North Carolina Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complete. Members of the public are encouraged to visit and learn more about the sacred work that occ  more

Duke Health: Flavoring Ingredient Exceeds Safety Levels in E-Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 16 -- Duke Health issued the following news release: * * * - Although banned as a food additive, pulegone is unregulated in tobacco products * * * A potential carcinogen that has been banned as a food additive is present in concerningly high levels in electronic cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products, according to a new study from Duke Health. The chemical -- called pulegone (pronounced pju-leh-goan) - is contained in menthol and mint flavored e-cigar  more

Duke Health: Protein Prevalent in Older People Could Be Key to Healing Bones
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 19 -- Duke Health issued the following news release: * * * - Identifying the protein, which interferes with bone healing, could lead to new therapies * * * Broken bones are a bigger deal the older you are: even after they've healed, the bones of older people are weaker and more likely to re-fracture. And since more than 6 million Americans break a bone each year, figuring out how to help people heal better would make a big difference. In a paper published in JC  more

Duke Mathematical Journal Issues 3 Research Articles in Sept. 15, 2019 Edition
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 18 -- Duke Mathematical Journal published three research articles on the following topics in its Sept. 15, 2019 edition: * Fourier transform on high-dimensional unitary groups with applications to random tilings * Topological classification of Morse-Smale diffeomorphisms on 3 * Weight elimination in Serre-type conjectures The September 2019 edition of the Duke Mathematical Journal can be viewed at https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.dmj/1568707218. [Category: Educ  more

Environmental Defense Fund Issues Statement on Duke Energy Zero Carbon Emissions Plans
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement by President Fred Krupp: Duke Energy today announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with at least a 50 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This goal applies to all of the company's subsidiaries that collectively serve more than 7 million customers across the U.S. Duke's announcement comes as a swath of other U.S. power companies - including large midcontinent  more

EVENT Oct. 14-16, 2019: University Professional & Continuing Education Association Schedules South Region Conference
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- The University Professional and Continuing Education Association will host the South Region Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Oct. 14-16: Agenda and speakers: Crafting an Effective Enrollment Funnel from Top to Bottom Speaker: Susan Seal, Mississippi State University * * * Integrating Residential and Online Formats Speakers: Todd Nicolet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jessica Brinker, University of North Carolin  more

Grace Community Church Becomes an ECFA Certified Church
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 16 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release: * * * - Grace Community Church Certified by National Financial Accountability Organization * * * The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the certification of Grace Community Church of Greensboro, NC. ECFA certification is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accountability, transpa  more

National School Boards Association: Guilford County North Carolina School Board Member Winner of 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 19 -- The National School Boards Association issued the following news: The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is pleased to announce Deena A. Hayes, Chairwoman of North Carolina's Guilford County Board of Education, is the winner of the 2019 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who, through service as a local school board me  more

New Provider Joins Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care
BOLIVIA, North Carolina, Sept. 16 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health is pleased to welcome Rami Zaki, certified physician assistant, to Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care in Shallotte. Zaki joined the clinic in August. Zaki received his master's degree in physician assistant studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston.   more

New York State Bar Association: State Bar Task Force Looks at Rise of News Deserts in Effort to Save Local Journalism
ALBANY, New York, Sept. 16 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: Professor Penny Abernathy, a noted expert on the national local news crisis, was the featured presenter at a meeting of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age held in New York City today. Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, is currently the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at t  more

Novant Health Adds New Orthopedic, Sports Medicine Plaza in Clemmons
CLEMMONS, North Carolina, Sept. 19 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health is pleased to bring orthopedics, sports medicine, surgery, rehabilitation and sports performance all under one roof in the new Clemmons Surgical Plaza, located at 7210 Village Medical Circle, in Clemmons. The public and media are invited to tour the facility during an open house ribbon-cutting event Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Conveniently located on the campus of Novant Heal  more

Novant Health Selects Prescriptive Analytics Leader Jvion as Inaugural Partner for New Institute of Innovation, Artificial Intelligence
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Sept. 18 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Jvion, a leader in AI-enabled prescriptive analytics for preventable harm, today announced a partnership with Novant Health as part of the newly launched Novant Health Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence. Working together, the partners aim to reduce readmissions for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients, which can be as high as 35% in the first year and can double with each subsequent hos  more

Ocracoke School Will Hold Secondary Classes at North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Campus While Hurricane Dorian Recovery Continues
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Sept. 20 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Board of Trustees responded to needs of Ocracoke School after significant damage to the school building by Hurricane Dorian. The NCCAT Board of Trustees voted Friday unanimously to allow Ocracoke School to use the NCCAT Ocracoke Campus building for secondary classes until January 2020. Other buildings on the Island  more

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Journal Issues 12 Research Articles in October 2019 Edition
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 16 -- 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 12 research articles on the following topics in its October 2019 edition: * Cervical and Oropharyngeal Lymphogranuloma Venereum: Case Report and Literature Review * Cervica  more

Sierra Club Issues Statement on Duke Energy Climate Announcement
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- The Sierra Club issued the following statement by Dave Rogers, southeast deputy regional campaign director for the Beyond Coal campaign, on the Duke Energy climate announcement: Duke Energy released an updated carbon reduction strategy today that included a goal of reducing system-wide carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030, and a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The announcement comes on the heels of recent integrated resource plan fil  more

Sigma Xi: Members Selected as AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: Seven Sigma Xi members are among women innovators from across the United States who have been selected as AAAS IF/THEN(R) Ambassadors by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies. The ambassadors will share their stories and serve as high-profile role models for middle-school girls. IF/THEN(R), a national initiative of Lyda Hill Ph  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Responds to Duke Energy's Climate Announcement
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, Sept. 17 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is excited that Duke Energy is aspiring to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Duke is the second southeastern utility to pledge a 2050 carbon target following Southern Company. Duke Energy deserves credit for being the Southeast's leader on utility energy efficiency programs and is currently host to the largest concentration of solar pow  more

Southern Coalition for Social Justice Welcomes Myesha Braden as Chief Counsel for Justice System Reform
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 18 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news release: The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is elated to announce that Myesha Braden has joined the staff as Chief Counsel for its new Justice System Reform program. Braden brings exemplary civil rights and criminal justice experience to the Southern Coalition following more than a decade at the United States Department of Justice, where she prosecuted federal civil rights violations,   more

Wake Forest Baptist's Division of Public Health Sciences Celebrates 30 Years of Contributions to Research
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Sept. 19 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: For each medical breakthrough that makes national headlines, teams of highly skilled biostatisticians and epidemiologists work behind the scenes to ensure the integrity of the data that supports the research findings. The Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is one such group. Wake Forest Baptist's Divis  more