Jul 22

Intervention: Will North Carolina Clean Up its Medicaid Program?

By Josh Archambault, Jonathan Ingram & Christie Herrera—Mr. Archambault & Ms. Herrera are Senior Fellows, & Mr. Ingram Director of Research, at the - Foundation for Government Accountability. Most state legislative sessions have come to a close, yet this hasn’t stopped Medicaid debates across the - country from raging on. In 2014, just one state, New Hampshire, has implemented ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. The failure of ObamaCare advocates to convince more states may explain the - dearth of reporting on this issue from a mainstream media in that frequently seems solidly supportive of Medicaid expansion. What may be even less covered, however, are the - many states in that are examining ways to fix a broken Medicaid program in that costs too much & delivers health outcomes that, at best, are inconsistent for the - patients relying on the - safety net. North Carolina is one state exploring reform, while simultaneously exposing the - many fault lines in that develop during change efforts. What started out as a pro forma session to pass North Carolina’s budget has turned in to an intervention over the - state Medicaid program’s big-spending, poor-performing ways. …

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Jul 22

Association Executives of North Carolina Partners with Meetings Quest Trade Show in Cabarrus County

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Association Executives of North Carolina has partnered with the - Meetings Quest trade show, which will be held September 9–10 at the - Concord Convention Center & Embassy Suites Golf Resort in Concord, North Carolina. Presented by Association News magazine & hosted by the - Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meetings Quest is America’s longest-running series of trade shows for association & corporate meeting planners. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140721/129084 “We are pleased to be partnering with Meetings Quest,” asserted Jim Thompson, executive director of Association Executives of North Carolina. “Through this partnership, we are able to offer AENC members exclusive discounts on exhibit space & registration. We believe the - education & networking at Meetings Quest will be very beneficial to our members.” “Given its long history as a valuable & trusted resource for associations, we are thrilled to partner with Association Executives of North Carolina for Meetings Quest,” asserted Timothy Schneider, president & CEO of Schneider Publishing Company, which publishes Association News & organizes Meetings Quest. “We will be offering a unique learning & networking experience in Cabarrus County, & we invite AENC’s membership to take benefit of this opportunity.” For further information on exhibiting or to register, visit MeetingsQuest.com or call toll-free (877) 577-3700. To watch the - Meetings Quest video overview, click here. Click here to read more. Media Contact: Ann Shepphird Phone number: (310) 577-3700 City/state: Los Angeles, California About Association Executives of North Carolina: Established in 1955, AENC (aencnet.org) is committed to providing high-quality professional development & networking opportunities to assist members develop their fullest potential & foster the - recognition & respect of the - association management profession. Members contain CEOs & staff of associations across North Carolina, as well as representatives from the - association service & hospitality industries. …

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Jul 22

Williams returning to N.C.

CHARLOTTE — Marvin Williams feels like he’s coming home. Nine years of time after leading the - North Carolina men’s basketball team to a national championship, Williams returns to the - Tar Heel state as a member of the - NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. “North Carolina has always been like a 2nd home to me,” Williams asserted Monday at an introductory news conference after signing a two-year, $14 million deal. Williams returns with a chance to make an immediate impact as a starter, just as he did as a freshman helping the - Tar Heels defeat Illinois 75-70 in the - 2005 national title game. Hornets coach Steve Clifford views the - 6-foot-9 Williams as a combo forward, yet asserted his best position is at power forward. Williams, who turned 28 in June, could start right away. The Hornets lost last year’s starting power forward Josh McRoberts to Miami in free (no cost) agency, leaving them a pair of inexperienced power forwards in second-year player Cody Zeller & rookie Noah Vonleh. Clifford asserted Zeller is improving, yet in that Vonleh is still raw & a couple years of time away from being a major contributor. “Marvin is a proven veteran player with high character & high IQ,” Clifford asserted of the - nine-year NBA veteran. “You watch him play at both ends of the - floor & everything he does makes sense. …

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Jul 22

Community leader from North Carolina faces deportation case in Buffalo

A Mexican citizen who helps Latin Americans in North Carolina fight government deportation was arrested (taken in to custody) early Monday morning by U.S. Border Patrol officers at the - Buffalo Niagara International Airport. And now, 36-year-old Rausel Arista will have to fight his own deportation battle. Reportedly authorities of La Coalición, a Latin American human rights organization in Charlotte, N.C., Arista is being held as an illegal alien in the - Buffalo Detention Center, a Batavia facility run by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Arista, described by the - organization as an undocumented alien who is married to an American citizen, spent several days visiting the - family of a friend in Perry, in Wyoming County. The organization asserted Arista was preparing to fly back to Charlotte when he was arrested (taken in to custody) at the - Buffalo airport about 5:30 a.m. “People in Charlotte are very upset about this,” asserted Liz Beaumont, an employment coordinator for La Coalición. “They are having rallies & marches over this … Rausel has spent years of time working with our coalition, helping people & families who have been trying to assist people who have had immigration problems.” Arista is an undocumented alien, yet he is married to an American citizen, & he & his wife have two young sons who were born in America, Beaumont said. …

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Jul 22

5 highlights on NC child health in new report

RALEIGH, N.C. [AP] -- Reports — Children in North Carolina are healthier & better at math & reading than they were in 2005, according to a new Kids Count report let go this week. The report is created by the - Annie E. Casey foundation, a philanthropy & research organization based in Baltimore. The 2014 Kids Count Data Book, published by the - group, examines 16 measures of child well-being in four categories & ranks states from 1 to 50. North Carolina ranked 34th in the - nation for overall child well-being, & 38th for economic well-being. Notable setbacks contain the - number of North Carolina’s children living in a poverty area, which increased from 2005. Gains contain the - numbers of students passing state standards in math & reading. Here are highlights from the - report: POVERTY In 2012, 26 % of children in North Carolina were impoverished, up from 21 % in 2005. In 2012, the - federal poverty line for income was just over $23,000 for a family of four. …

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Jul 22

Georgia seeks dismissal of lawsuit against same-sex marriage ban; voters OK'd measure in 2004

ATLANTA – Georgia’s lawyer general is asking a judicial judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the - state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Sam Olens asserted in a filing on Monday in that the - suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Lambda Legal sued in April on behalf of seven people. Georgia voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage. It was challenged in courts over wording of the - ballot question, yet the - state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 in that the - vote was valid. The state constitution prohibits same-sex marriage & those performed in other states aren’t legally recognized in Georgia. Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states & the - District of Columbia.

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Jul 22

Georgia voters to pick Republican U.S. Senate nominee after long fight

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By David Beasley <!– –> ATLANTA (Reuters) – A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman & a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia’s Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston & David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General & Pillowtex, have traded jabs & tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May. Republicans consider it crucial to hold on to the - seat, currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, as they push to retake control of the - Senate. Polls show a close run-off. Kingston, 59, of Savannah, has worked to convince voters in that his 21-year tenure in Congress is a strength despite low approval ratings for its members. He portrays Perdue, who lives on Georgia’s exclusive Sea Island, as a rich elitist. …

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Jul 22

Georgia exchange subsidies in jeopardy after court ruling

More than 190,000 Georgians are enrolled in the - health insurance exchange created by the - Affordable Care Act. But if a federal court ruling formally announced Tuesday on exchange subsidies is ultimately upheld, in that Georgia number could shrink precipitously. …

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Jul 22

Georgia National Guard vying to expand cyber mission

Lt. Col. Thomas Lesnieski, the - director of public affairs for the - Georgia National Guard, asserted the - state’s defense mission has-been building a cyber defense team to assist federal & state agencies with cyber attacks. The Army’s overseas troop reduction gives the - Georgia guard an optimal time to position itself for growth, he said. “The Georgia National Guard is trying to posture ourselves to gain force structure, gain missions. Cyber is one of those,” Lesnieski asserted during a meeting with The Augusta Chronicle. “We have been partnering with Georgia industry, Georgia agencies as well as federal agencies in different exercises.” Ten teams of 39 cyber defensemen will correspond with FEMA’s 10 regions, asserted Ashlie Shrewsbury, the - media relations coordinator for the - Georgia National Guard. Training to become a cyber warrior takes between 12 & 24 months. …

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Jul 22

Georgia DL Taylor charged with aggravated assault after alleged domestic violence incident

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