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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.


“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.


Six-week course is in advance of spring deployment.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Six soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company are in the final phase of an intense six-week Dari language and Afghan cultural training course here.

The 210th Military Police Company, based in Franklin, N.C., is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this spring and was selected to provide soldiers to this pilot program.


County employees across various departments filled the Macon County Board of Commissioners meeting room Monday night, for a special presentation from John Anzivino with Springsted Inc., a company who recently completed a classification and compensation study of county employees.

The study was conducted after Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland informed commissioners that he was losing deputies to surrounding counties because the county's pay scale was significantly lower than that of other locales.


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