More than 400 people attended a public hearing that the state’s Division of Air Quality, or DAQ, held at UNCW last night. About 70 spoke out about an air permit extension application from cement manufacturer Titan America. If granted, the permit would loosen emission standards for the company’s proposed Castle Hayne cement plant. While about 55 publicly urged the DAQ to deny the permit and 16 others spoke up in support of Titan, the one sentiment both camps share is dismay that zero elected officials attended the hearing.
Under a newly passed House bill, North Carolinians will see a price hike in movie tickets, live performances and museum admission. The “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act” cuts personal and corporate taxes and imposes a uniform tax rate, as well as a 4.75% privilege tax on many leisure pursuits--including non-profit events. And local representatives say they were given inadequate time to consider the bill before voting on it.
Cozzie Watkins of Charlotte, N.C., holds a sign while joining a "Moral Monday" protest against recent actions of the North Carolina Legislature, in Raleigh last month.
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Opponents of voter ID legislation protest in the gallery of the House chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly, where lawmakers debated and then passed a sweeping voter identification law in April.
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory delivers the State of the State address, in Raleigh on Feb. 18.
Pat McCrory hasn't fared too well with protesters.
The Republican governor of North Carolina has signed off on a vast array of conservative legislation this year, cutting taxes, slashing unemployment benefits and abolishing teacher tenure. So much change so fast has led to protests, including "Moral Monday" events staged at the capitol a dozen weeks in a row by the NAACP.
Cape Fear-area customers of Dish satellite TV service are without two local stations because of a dispute between the satellite network and Raycom Media. As of this morning, Raycom has blocked access to its NBC affiliated channel, WECT TV6, and its FOX Channel, WFSX Fox 26, due to a price dispute with Dish. But local TV stations do not foresee drastic changes in viewership to result from the block.
Although the North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned, the grassroots group, Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW, will maintain its weekly schedule of protesting against local legislators’ support of recent bills that would tighten restrictions on abortion. Despite passage of the controversial legislation in state House and Senate, local demonstrators say they’ll voice their discord until the next state elections.
"Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby!"
As you heard, North Carolina's legislature has passed some tighter voting restrictions. But that's just one of the issues that's been driving Moral Mondays. Moral Mondays is a series of demonstrations by religious and progressive activists taking place at North Carolina's state capital.
About 30 Wilmingtonians gathered yesterday before downtown’s historic courthouse to demonstrate against what they say is anti-abortion legislation. Protestors rallied in the shadow of a giant, traveling billboard featuring North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Those present challenged a statement the governor made last October stipulating he would not restrict access to abortion.
Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW, will stage its third weekly protest outside the downtown law office of State Senator Thom Goolsby on Monday at noon. The pink-bedecked grassroots group still intends to rally against recent legislature that would tighten restrictions on North Carolina abortion clinics. Goolsby, who has been absent from the previous protests, is urging protesters to learn more about what they’re fighting for.
"Not you, not the state! Let women decide their fate! Not you, not the state! Let women decide their fate!"
A motley assortment of retirees, marine biology students and children gathered yesterday at the St. James Plantation to help build wildlife-protective reefs along the waterway’s banks. St. James residents have worked on this project with UNCW’s Center for Marine Sciences since 2007. This year, the Boys and Girls Club of Southport joined in on the effort, too.
"How’s everybody doing? Do we need a little help?"
Protests outside the Wilmington law office of State Senator Thom Goolsby are going to continue – at least for the near-term. Last Monday, protestors rallied to contest the Republican senator’s support of abortion restrictions. After Thursday’s passage of Senate Bill 353, members of the group behind the protest--Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW—say they’re determined to demonstrate every Monday.