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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 35 items )  

2019 Annual Land Trust Alliance Rally to Feature Two Open Space Institute Presenters
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following news release: As the 32nd annual Land Trust Alliance Rally begins this week, 2,000 land conservation practitioners from across the nation are gathering to share ideas and insights around the topic of natural resource protection. Among the conference's selection of expert speakers are two representatives from the Open Space Institute (OSI). Abby Weinberg, OSI's Director of Research, will participate on a panel foc  more

ACLU of North Carolina & Prisoner Legal Services Challenge NC's Use of Solitary Confinement
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release: Four people who have spent years locked in solitary confinement in North Carolina prisons today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the state's use of the practice - in which people are held in cells no bigger than a parking space for 22 to 24 hours a day with little to no human contact - as a violation of the state constitution's ban on cruel or unusual punishment.   more

American Humanist Association: Humanist Meetings Begin at NC Correctional Facility - One Year After Ordered
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The American Humanist Association issued the following news release: Incarcerated humanists at Nash Correctional Institution, in Nashville, NC, just attended the facility's fist ever humanist meeting. This victory has been a long-fought battle. After the North Carolina prison system refused to recognize humanism, the American Humanist Association's legal team intervened. The case was filed in February 2015 on behalf of Kwame Jamal Teague, an incarcerated member of the Am  more

Appalachian Voices Files Legal Challenge of Duke Energy's Rate Hike in N.C.
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- Appalachian Voices issued the following news release: The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition today to intervene in Duke Energy Carolinas' application to substantially increase electricity rates in North Carolina without also promoting renewable energy. The groups argued that simply raising rates, without concrete policies to advance the clean energy transition, is wrong for North Carolina, its people and the climate. Toda  more

Big Data Analytics and Operations: New White Paper From MHI Solutions Community
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release: The MHI Solutions Community has partnered with the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) to release a white paper titled "Adding Value to Manufacturing, Retail, Supply Chain, and Logistics Operations with Big Data Analytics" by Ishita Gupta and Manjunath Kamath of Oklahoma State University. This paper examines how big data analytics   more

Center for Biological Diversity: Legal Challenge Opposes Duke Energy's North Carolina Rate Hike
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: * * * - Big Increase Would Hurt Residents, Hamper Clean Energy Transition * * * The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition today to intervene in Duke Energy Carolinas' application to substantially increase electricity rates in North Carolina without also promoting renewable energy. The groups argued that simply raising rates, without concrete policies to  more

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Shaw University Announces Resignation of Men's Basketball Coach Joel Hopkins
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 15 -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association issued the following news: Shaw University director of athletics Dr. Alfonza L. Carter has announced the resignation of head men's basketball coach Joel Hopkins. "I want to thank Coach Hopkins for all he has done to advance the Shaw University men's basketball program," said Carter. We certainly wish Coach Hopkins and his family all the best. This past season, the Bears finished runner-up in the 2019 Central   more

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Raleigh North Carolina Temple Is Rededicated
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 13 -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued the following news release: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are looking forward to returning to the Raleigh North Carolina Temple after its rededication by President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The sacred meeting took place in the temple on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Elder Kevin R. Duncan and Elder James B. Martino of the Seventy assis  more

MHI Releases New Report on the Economic Impact of Material Handling
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release: MHI recently released, in collaboration with Oxford Economics, a new report, "Handling the US Economy: The Economic Impact of the Material Handling Industry." This report explores the relationship between material handling and wider economy of the supply chain, finding that "the economic contribution of this industry extends far beyond the locations where [equi  more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Joins Over 400 Companies and Organizations Urging Congress to Pass USMCA
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) joined over 400 other organizations and businesses in signing a letter to Congress urging an autumn passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Manufacturers delivered the letter to Capitol Hill on Oct. 15. "North America is the most significant trade market fo  more

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Responds to Announced Plans to Update NCAP
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: MEMA is encouraged to learn that NHTSA has announced its plan to propose updates to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in 2020. As outlined in the announcement, NCAP encourages "automakers to invest in safety." MEMA supports this goal and has long urged NHTSA to update NCAP to include crash avoidance technologies. These are not futuristic technologies and a  more

N.C. Waste Awareness & Reduction Network: 100 of WUNC Radio Listeners Call for Attention to Climate Solutions
DURHAM, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network issued the following news release: * * * - As other news outlets begin covering the climate-gas debate, more questions arise about role of Duke Energy's public radio advertising * * * More than 400 public radio supporters and listeners have called on WUNC Radio management to help the public better understand the causes and potential solutions to the accelerating climate crisis, and they expressed thei  more

National Association of State Chief Information Officers Announces New Association Leadership
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 14 -- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers issued the following news release: Today, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced the association's executive leadership for the new program year. The president for the 2019-2020 program year is J. Eric Boyette, Chief Information Officer for the State of North Carolina, who succeeds James Collins, Chief Information Officer for the State of Delaware. Stephanie De  more

National Association of State Chief Information Officers, CDG and IBM Release Report on Current AI Trends Among State IT Executives
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 15 -- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers issued the following news release: The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), along with the Center for Digital Government and IBM, today released a study on current artificial intelligence (AI) trends among state information technology executives. The study is an overview of survey responses from 45 states including state CIOs and their deputies, chief technology officers an  more

National Board of Certified Counselors Announces Its New Board Director
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- The National Board of Certified Counselors issued the following news: NBCC and Affiliates welcomes Monalisa McGee, PhD, NCC, MAC, LPC, CPC, LMHC, LMHP, to the 2019-20 Board of Directors of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. McGee is a leading administrator and consultant in the human services field. She has developed and implemented a variety of grants and federal earmarks for the growth of community-based services   more

National Board of Certified Counselors: Proposed Rules Threaten Counselor Scope of Practice in Michigan
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- The National Board of Certified Counselors issued the following news: The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has proposed rules that would drastically affect the counseling profession in the state. The proposed rule changes, referred to as 2019-063 LR, repeal nearly the entire scope of practice for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in the state as well as all of the rules regarding the training of counselor supervisors in   more

National Board of Certified Counselors: Two Programs Awarded Grants for CACREP Application
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- The National Board of Certified Counselors issued the following news: In 2014, NBCC made a significant decision to revise its educational standards for applicants seeking to become National Certified Counselors (NCCs). Beginning January 1, 2022, NBCC will require NCC applicants to have a master's degree (or higher) from a CACREP-accredited program. NBCC also made the commitment to support programs in obtaining that important accreditation by awarding grant  more

National Pork Board: Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint Through Efficiencies
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 15 -- The National Pork Board issued the following news release: A new environmental study has found that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. "For an industry that is continually  more

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Opens Spring Registration
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Oct. 14 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: Spring registration has opened for The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development. Applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure a position in programs. Click here for the Spring 2019 schedule (https://www.nccat.org/spring-2019-professional-development-schedule). Programs are availa  more

North Carolina League of Conservation Voters: PowerUp Hosts Successful Forum
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Oct. 14 -- The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: The NCLCV Foundation's outreach program PowerUp NC hosted a major Raleigh candidate forum just days before last week's city elections. More than 150 community members took part in the People First forum featuring almost every mayoral and city council candidate. Members of the media and the governor's staff were also in attendance. NCLCV Outreach Director Justine Oller descri  more

Novant Health Named Corporate Champion for Women, Children
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health has been named one of the three Corporate Champions for Women & Children by the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GWFC) of North Carolina. Organizations recognized as Corporate Champions for Women & Children are selected for their support and assistance to women and children across the state of North Carolina. "It is an honor for Novant Health to be recognized as a Corporate Champion for  more

Novant Health Partners With Tyto Care to Provide On-Demand, Anywhere, Anytime Medical Exams
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: Novant Health is expanding access to care across North Carolina through its partnership with Tyto Care, creator of the healthcare industry's first all-in-one modular device and telehealth platform for on-demand, remote medical exams. This game-changing technology will allow worried parents across North Carolina to connect with a Novant Health provider who can virtually examine the heart, lungs, skin, ears  more

Novant Health, Michael Jordan Partner to Improve Access to Comprehensive Care in Communities Most in Need
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- Novant Health issued the following news release: More than 150 community leaders, elected officials and area residents joined Novant Health team members, Michael Jordan and his family on Freedom Drive today to officially open a new medical clinic in west Charlotte, North Carolina. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinic will provide vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals in the community, including those who are uninsured or   more

NTEA: Congratulations to the Latest Companies Earning MVP Status
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, Oct. 17 -- NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry issued the following news release: Because standards don't raise themselves, NTEA's Member Verification Program (MVP) acknowledges the companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, truck dealers and OEMs know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards and comply with federal regulations. New MVP members * AutoPort  more

PEN America Launches Six New Regional Chapters, Expanding Nationwide Reach
NEW YORK, Oct. 16 -- PEN America issued the following news release: * * * - Member-led chapters will celebrate literature, defend press freedom, and host public dialogues * * * PEN America, the organization of writers and readers advancing free expression and celebrating the power of literature, announced today the launch of six regional chapters across the United States. These new chapters - in Austin, Birmingham, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, the Piedmont Region of North Carolina, and Tulsa   more

PETA: Billboard Aims to Honor Chickens Killed in Truck Crash
ZEBULON, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Memorial Will Encourage People to Help Keep Animals out of Transport Trucks by Going Vegan * * * In honor of the chickens who were injured and killed when a truck carrying them crashed on U.S. Route 264 near U.S. Route 64 on October 10, PETA plans to place a billboard near the crash site that proclaims, "See the Individual. Go Vegan." "Gentle chickens experienced a  more

Preventing Chronic Disease Journal Issues 2 Research Article in October 2019 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct. 18 -- Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says it disseminates public health findings, innovations and practices on chronic disease prevention, published two research articles on the following topics in its October 2019 edition: * Differential Trends in Hookah Use Among New Jersey Youth * Food and Beverage Options at Highway Rest Areas in North Carolina: A Mixed-Methods Audit and Geospatial Approach The October   more

RTI International Selected by USAID to Address Global Demand for Modern Energy Services
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 18 -- RTI International issued the following news: RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a prime contractor for its Energy Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) II contract, which will address the global demand for modern energy services in countries assisted by USAID. "Access to affordable and reliable energy generates economic growth and i  more

RTI Named Winner in USAID's 2019 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Case Competition
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- RTI International issued the following news: A team from RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, was among the winners of the 2019 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition (https://usaidlearninglab.org/lab-notes/winners-2019-collaborating-learning-and-adapting-case-competition), sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning and the LEARN cont  more

Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine Identify Genetic Variation Linked to Severity of ALS
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: A discovery made several years ago in a lab researching asthma at Wake Forest School of Medicine may now have implications for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease with no known cure and only two FDA-approved drugs to treat its progression and severity. A study published in the current edition of the journal Neurology Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation  more

Sigma Xi: Chapter Award Finalists and Top Electing Chapters
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 16 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: Finalists for the 2018-2019 Sigma Xi chapter awards have been selected. The finalists are chosen by regional and constituency directors based on information in the chapters' annual reports. Award winners are selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership and will be announced at the 120th Assembly of Delegates on November 14, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. Chapter   more

Sigma Xi: Last Chance to Present Research
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: It's not too late for professionals and students to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at an interdisciplinary research event, the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, to be held November 14-17 in Madison, Wisconsin. The abstract deadline is Friday, October 18, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Quick Guide to Submitting an Abstract 1. An abstract   more

Wake Forest Baptist Joins Innovative Breast Cancer Clinical Trial
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 15 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: A clinical research trial with a unique approach is now available to patients with early stage, high-risk for recurrence breast cancer. "Most cancer clinical trials collect data from study participants over the course of several years, both during and after treatment, then publish research findings, but that is a long time for clinicians and patients to wait," said Alexandra Tho  more

Wake Forest School of Medicine Nationally Recognized for Improving Physician Well-being
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 17 -- The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center issued the following news release: The American Medical Association (AMA) recently recognized Wake Forest School of Medicine for its efforts to improve physician satisfaction and fight physician burnout. One of only 22 health care institutions in the country to receive the inaugural AMA Joy in Medicine(TM) Recognition, the medical school was honored at the Bronze level for its efforts. Why should we care about phy  more

WHO Mortality Database Reveals Fewer Deaths From Pulmonary Embolism in European Region Over Past 15 Years
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, Oct. 15 -- The International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis issued the following news release: * * * - Nearly 40,000 people still die from this preventable disorder in Europe every year * * * In Europe, the mortality related to pulmonary embolism, an acute life-threatening condition characterized by blood clots obstructing the lung arteries, has been cut in half since 2000, according to an analysis of data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Mortalit  more