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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday, Feb. 11, that a 2011 North Carolina law that would have allowed the production of a “Choose Life” license plate, but not an alternative plate with a message supporting reproductive freedom, is unconstitutional.

“Issuing a ‘Choose Life’ specialty license plate while refusing to issue a pro-choice specialty license plate constitutes blatant viewpoint discrimination squarely at odds with the First Amendment,” the court ruled in a unanimous 3-0 opinion.


A Buncombe County man who took consumers’ money but failed to provide them restored classic cars as promised is now barred from business in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper said.

“When you pay good money for something you expect a business to deliver, not take your money and run,” Cooper said. “This court order sends a strong signal to anyone who might be tempted to do business the wrong way in North Carolina.”

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood granted Cooper’s request for a default judgment against Robert Allen McElreath and his companies Build-a-Bandit, Pick a Pony, Pontiac Pros, Common Man Classic Hot Rods and Discount Automatic Classic Restorations.


Election season is heating up throughout North Carolina, with some candidates already getting a jump start on campaigning. This year stands to be a significant election year, with several local and state offices up for grabs.

With six local offices and two state offices on the line in Macon County, filing for the 2014 primary elections opened on Monday, Feb. 1 at noon.

County commissioner seats that are up for election include District 1, currently held by Jimmy Tate (R), and both seats in District 2, which are held by Ronnie Beale (D) and Ron Haven (R). To file for commissioner, the fee is $98.65.

Tate was first appointed to fill the commissioner’s seat left vacant after Brian McClellan resigned from the board in November 2011. After being appointed, Tate ran a successful campaign in in November 2012 for the unexpired term for his seat.


Back in January, a public hearing was held to allow comments concerning changes that could be coming the North Carolina's hunting and fishing rules.

The proposed changes outlined at the hearing would affect the 2014-2015 fishing, hunting and trapping seasons. Though the meeting took place a month ago, public comment will be accepted through February 14 before any decisions are made by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).

“In February 2014, after considering comments from the public and consulting with staff, the Wildlife Resources Commission will make final decisions on the proposed regulations,” said James Cogdell, chairman of the commission. “The rules that are adopted will then be available in the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest 2014-2015.The Regulations Digest will be available on Aug. 1, 2014 from your licensing agent and on the NCWRC website at www.ncwildlife.org.”


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