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U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have introduced a commonsense jobs bill to help address the skills gap and ensure that workers are being trained for the jobs that are available. The bipartisan AMERICA Works Act, which doesn’t add a dime to the deficit, establishes a national industry-recognized credentialing system that ties the needs of American businesses to the curriculums of community colleges and job-training centers – matching the skills training with the needs of employers.

“As we work to get our economy back on track, we have to ensure that job training translates into real-world job readiness,” said Hagan. “Employers across North Carolina tell me that there is often a disconnect between the skills held by job seekers and the skills they need in potential employees. The AMERICA Works Act goes right to the core of this issue by ensuring that job-training programs actually prepare people to enter the workforce – in industries ranging from manufacturing to biotechnology.

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Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) announced the official opening of 18 offices throughout the 11th Congressional District.

“Constituent service is my top priority,” said Meadows. “By holding office hours in all 17 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, my staff and I will be able to better serve Western North Carolinians. Constituents can set up meetings at any of the district office locations to receive help with anything from navigating the federal government to assistance with their Social Security and Medicare.

My staff and I are dedicated to assisting constituents whenever and wherever they need us.”

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Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has announced the appointment of Hayden Rogers as his new chief of staff.

“Hayden will be a tremendous asset to our team and I am thrilled to have him on board,” Senator Manchin said. “From his time as a small business owner to his work in public service, Hayden brings to our office a unique range of talents and a commonsense, solutions-driven approach that I truly admire. He embodies the values important to West Virginians and has the knowledge, experience and expertise to lead our team effectively.”

2012 when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. Prior to that, he served for more than five years as the chief of staff and top advisor to U.S. Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC). He also managed three successful campaigns for Shuler.

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“This is the same old rip-off we ran out of our state years ago. These overpriced loans trap borrowers in a cycle of debt many cannot escape. Payday lending was a bad idea then, and it’s a bad idea now.”

Cooper fought in court for years to chase payday lenders out of North Carolina. A bill filed yesterday in the N.C. Senate would allow payday lenders to open up shop again in the state, charging excessive interest rates on loans that must be paid back quickly.

Senate Bill 89 would amend the Check Cashing Licensing Act to allow a check casher/lender to pay out cash loans of up to $500 for a fee of 15 percent of the cash advance. On a typical loan repayable in two weeks, the annual percentage rate would be more than 300 percent.

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