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Raleigh – Policies and procedures used at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory are now available to the public online, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today.

Making lab information publicly available is one of a series of recommendations implemented following an independent review commissioned by Cooper to examine past serology cases and lab practices dating from the late 1980’s. In a report completed this week, the Ombudsman to the SBI also recommended posting lab policies.


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The upcoming sales tax holiday will be a big help to small businesses still struggling to recover from the economic recession, says Gregg Thompson, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, (NFIB)North Carolina’s leading small-business association.

The holiday is Aug. 5-7.


According to the North Carolina Substance Improvement Project, 30,738 of the 38,423 people in prison in North Carolina need substance abuse services. It costs roughly $25,000 to send someone to prison in North Carolina, which is paid for out of tax dollars.

In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court first ruled that addiction is an illness, not a crime, and that states may require addicts to submit to treatment, and also pursue criminal sanctions for non-compliance. Responding to an obvious need of including treatment in the judicial process with the intent of preventing addictive behavior and criminal activity, The Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities, TASC, was formed.


Senate Military and Veterans Appropriations Act includes $750 million for North Carolina U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan has announced that the Senate approved $750 million for veterans programs and military construction in North Carolina that she fought to secure. Hagan voted in support of the 2012 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which passed the Senate Wednesday night, July 20, by a 97-2 vote. The bill now moves to be merged with the House version.

“North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation, and this important legislation helps ensure our servicemembers, veterans and their families receive the support and care they deserve,” said Hagan, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.


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