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New licenses will provide real time facial recognition capabilities

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is moving forward with production of a new next generation, secure driver license that will reduce the risk of identity theft, better integrate new technology for customer service and comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

N.C. Department of Transportation signed a $73,468,000 contract on Dec. 16, with MorphoTrust USA, Inc. of Billerica, Mass. to produce more than two million new driver licenses and ID cards per year, enabling NCDMV to achieve its modernization efforts. MorphoTrust is the company that currently produces North Carolina Driver licenses.

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At its highest point, North Carolina owed the federal government over $2.8 billion (April 2012) after borrowing to pay regular state unemployment benefits. As 2013 drew to a close, the state had paid down almost $1 billion to a year end estimate of $1.87 billion.

“We are making sure that there are better processes in place for the determination of claims and we are introducing new tools to go after money that is owed to the division,” said DES Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell. “Fiscal Research at the General Assembly estimated that the debt would be around $1.98 billion at the end of 2013 and we anticipate being $100 million ahead of that projection.”

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AG warns Misuse of Medicaid benefit cards a crime

Families whose Medicaid cards were sent to the wrong addresses can take steps to guard against possible identity theft and health care fraud, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that it mailed 48,752 Medicaid cards for North Carolina children to the wrong addresses. According to DHHS, the cards include children's names, Medicaid identification numbers, dates of birth and the names and addresses of their primary care physicians but do not contain Social Security Numbers.

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The Quilts of Valor Committee of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, along with members of Misty Mountain Quilters Guild from Blairsville, Ga., and the Cashiers Guild presented Quilts of Valor to members of the North Carolina National Guard's 210th Military Police Company during their company's Christmas party in Sylva on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The men and women, who came from all over North Carolina and several adjacent states, were able to choose their quilt from more than 80 quilts on display. Following the presentation ceremony, guild members wrote the name of each recipient on their quilt, wrapped them in their quilt and thanked them for their service, sacrifice, and valor.

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