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Changes to state taxes that affect utilities should result in lower power rates for consumers, Attorney General Cooper told the Utilities Commission in a recent filing.

“Overall lower taxes paid by utilities ought to mean lower bills for their customers,” Cooper said. “We’re asking the Utilities Commission to make sure that’s the case.”

Increases in certain taxes paid by utilities should be more than made up for by reductions in other taxes, and the savings should be passed along to utility customers, Cooper argued in comments filed by the Attorney General’s Office late Monday.


Rep. Roger West (R-Cherokee) has announced that he will seek re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives in November 2014. West was first elected in 2000 and is entering the second year of his seventh term in the state legislature. He has risen to become one of the most influential members of the North Carolina House, serving as a key budget writer and chairing the House Environment Committee.

“I am running for re-election simply because there is more to accomplish for my district and for the state of North Carolina,” said West. “We have made great progress on many important issues since my first election, and especially over the last three years. But work remains to be done.”

West will focus on continued job creation efforts for his district and transportation needs that have gone long-ignored by previous administrations in Raleigh.


At the Nov. 16 Macon County Republican General Meeting, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch announced her candidacy for the office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial District, in the 2014 election. The 30th District consists of the following Western North Carolina counties: Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson.

Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade and has been in the 30th District since May 2005. She has a strong record of successful prosecutions and is currently assigned to prosecute major felony cases in the seven counties of the District.

Welch is endorsed by Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland, Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran, and numerous other law enforcement officers.


The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and law enforcement organizations that participated in the More Cops, More Stops “I-40 Challenge” during the Thanksgiving travel period, have released the results from the eight-state high-visibility safety campaign.

The “I-40 Challenge” took place on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Dec. 1, which are two of the busiest travel days of the year. In support of the More Cops, More Stops campaign, there was a significant increase in troopers assigned to I-40, ticketing or arresting offenders caught speeding, driving while impaired, failing to wear seatbelts and other traffic violations. Law enforcement agencies from the eight states, which included North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, teamed up for the initiative to push for a zero fatality rate along the 2,555 miles of I-40 over the Thanksgiving travel period.


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