Public Safety (page 13)

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    Charlotte Fire In Hot Water Over Filming of TV Commercial. WSOC-TV Gets Reaction From Becki Gray

    From WSOC-TV comes a report about Charlotte Fire’s questionable use of taxpayer resources. Shouldn’t it be obvious this is a bad idea? Channel 9 discovered leadership at Charlotte Fire Department had firefighters film a commercial for expensive watches while they were on duty and on the taxpayer’s dime. Deputy…
    Donna Martinez, February 2, 2018
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    Watch out for Russia

    Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon details disturbing news about Russia’s martial machinations. Russia has steadily improved its electronic warfare capabilities to prepare for potential conflict with the West, while the United States and its NATO partners have suffered a lapse in training for battle against regional…
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis of Carolina Journal Online interviews U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx about American higher education challenges. Tarrah Callahan’s Daily Journal focuses on the need for prison reform in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on public support for prison reform. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal explains that President Trump is dominating political discussion on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2018
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    China, Russia on the move

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a new report that raises concerns about American security interests. China and Russia are developing anti-satellite missiles and other weapons and will soon be capable of damaging or destroying all U.S. satellites in low-earth orbit, according to the Pentagon’s Joint…
    Mitch Kokai, January 31, 2018
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    More bad news for anti-gun crowd

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new data involving women and guns. Excerpts from a new research project released on Tuesday show the number of women involved in the shooting sports has increased over the last two years with some shooting disciplines seeing as much as…
    Mitch Kokai, January 19, 2018
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    Obama administration ignored rules for checking illegal immigrants’ terrorist ties

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the potential harmful impact of the Obama administration’s failure to follow federal rules regarding illegal immigrants. During the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not following proper procedures when checking if illegal aliens were known terrorists, jeopardizing national…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018