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NC State University will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a commitment to improve campus health by formalizing guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity and programming.

Through the PHA’s new Healthier Campus Initiative, NC State units agree to implement or strengthen 23 wellness-related guidelines over the next three years. They include:

  • Offering more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while reducing the amount of fried food offered in campus dining halls and eateries.
  • Continuing implementation of a bicycle and pedestrian accommodation policy, and/or participating in a national bicycle or pedestrian recognition program.
  • Providing all students 16-hour-per-day access to at least one fitness/recreation center during the academic year without an additional user fee beyond student fees.

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The Division of Employment Security is reminding claimants that Employment Security Law requires registering for work in order to receive unemployment benefits. Claimants may do so through NCWorks Online.

Claimants are required to complete a full registration for work at NCWorks Online (www.ncworks.gov) in order to meet their work registration requirement for unemployment insurance benefits. The work registration must include the completion of the Resume Builder tool, which allows claimants to input their employment history and occupational skills.

The claimant must also maintain an active NCWorks Online account by accessing the system every 90 days to update and/or validate their resume.

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A new report released Wednesday, Nov. 12, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to take a family-centered, two-generation approach to lifting children out of poverty. In North Carolina, 50 percent of all families with young children are lowincome, which has the potential to undermine healthy child development and North Carolina’s economic prosperity.

The KIDS COUNT policy report, “Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach,” makes the case that public policymakers and the private sector must address the interrelated needs of parents and children to ensure their future success. According to the report, parents need tools and support to overcome obstacles like child care, housing, and, importantly, the stress of managing a family with insufficient resources.

“Children excel when they live in economically secure families with parents that have the support of a network of community resources,” stated Michelle Hughes, executive director of N.C. Child. “And thriving children result in a workforce that has the skills and education to compete in a global economy.”

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In December 2012, Macon County Commissioners on behalf of the people of the county — the Cowee and Rose Creek communities particularly — entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation that would allow ownership of McCoy Bridge to be transferred to the county in the year 2020 and in the meantime, the DOT would inspect it and make sure the bridge was brought up to code.

This agreement came about when the DOT informed county officials that the bridge was set to be torn down and that a new one would be erected in its place. An outcry erupted from the community and after multiple public meetings, the DOT agreed to leave the bridge in place as a bike and pedestrian path...

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