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HOUSE BILL 791 – Licensed Counselors Interstate Compact

House Bill 791 (H791) is an act to establish and enter into an interstate compact for the practice of professional counseling and to appropriate funds to assist with administrative costs.

The goal of H791 is to improve access by the public with professional counselors, enhance the state’s ability to protect health and safety, regulate multistate licenses, the exchange of more information with member states, promote uniformity between member states, and eliminate the need for multiple licenses in each state.

Essentially, this legislation seeks to provide a framework for LPCs across multiple state who have the same framework such that uniformity is achieved and can help those which seek professional counselors in North Carolina.

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SENATE BILL 146 – Teledentistry/RDH Admin. Local Anesthetic – Enact Standards Hygienist

S146 is a bill being enacted in the N.C. General Assembly which is sponsored by Senator Jim Perry and Senator Paul Lowe during the 2021 – 2022 legislative session.

As this bill works it’s way through committees, there is likely to be amendments.

S146 sets standards for teledentistry, allows for a properly trained hygienist to administer anesthetics under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, and to allow hygienist greater flexibility without being supervised when giving some care.

Anyone interested in government is welcome to click the title and use the discussion form at the bottom to discuss this bill.

Continue reading for other bills related to nursing, DMV licensing, and cannabis legalization.

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HOUSE BILL 617 – Cannabis Legalization & Regulation – An Act To Legalize And Regulate The Sale, Possession, And Use In NC

Sponsors: Representatives Autry, Dahle, Harrison, and Hawkins (Primary Sponsors)

House Bill 617 is a wide ranging bill outlining efforts to legalize and regulate the use and possession of Cannabis in the state.

This piece of legislation outlines arguments showing over half of the population in the state reportedly using Cannabis, that several populations in the state are being unfairly arrested and convicted for use and possession, that the enforcement of this susbstance diverts funding and resources from law enforcement from violent crime, prevents jobs from being created around this potential industry, and generates revenue via taxes.

Additionally, House Bill 617 promotes further research on ethical medical use of Cannabis in NC.

Readers of this website can click on the title and use the form at the bottom of that page to have ongoing discussions related to this N.C. General Assembly action along with other government issues.

Do you support legalization and regulation?

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SENATE BILL 69 – DMV Licensing Requirements – Revise Division of Motor Vehicles Permit And License Requirements 2021

Senate Bill 69 is an act before the NC General Assembly in 2021 which seeks to revise several components of the NC driving law pertaining to those aged 15, 16, 17 to 18 years old. Specifically, this legislation seeks to address the amount of time a person with a limited learner’s permit has to drive with a licensed adult before obtaining a provisional drivers license by the DMV.

Additionally, SB69 touches on revisions what happens if a 15, 16, 17 to 18 year old driver gets a motor vehicle infraction with a learners permit or provisional drivers license, eligibility certificate or a high school diploma or its equivalent, driving log forms, and what requirements the NC DMV requires in the log file.

Readers interested in government and this bill can click the title to use our no registration discussion form to discuss this act.

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SENATE BILL 249 – The SAVE Act – Modernizing Nursing Regulations In North Carolina

NC Senate Bill 249, entitled The SAVE Act is a currently within the NC General Assembly during the 2021 session and is sponsored by Senators Hise, Krawiec, and Burgin.

The SAVE Act is a bill to modernize current nursing regulations to deliver Safe, Accessible, Value-Driven, and Excellent health care to all citizens of the state.

Readers of this document are encouraged to click on the title link and use the form at the bottom to begin discussions on this piece of legislation.

We’re especially interested in hearing from nursing professionals and practitioners in the state on how Senate Bill 249 will impact the profession and health services in our state.

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N.C. Governor Issues State of Emergency After Flooding Related To Tropical Storm Eta

November 13, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency for several Eastern NC cities and towns relating to flooding along rivers and other waterways as Tropical Storm Eta drenched the area earlier in the week.

Rains from Tropical Storm Eta are expected to causing cresting at many rivers in Eastern NC over the weekend of November 14 and November 15.

Officials with the governor’s office said heavy rains associated with Eta caused many water rescues, deaths, and school closures as this low pressure system moved over North Carolina.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order Preventing Landlords From Evicting Tenants (Renters) During Coronavirus On Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 2020 – NC Legislation, Government, and Laws

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 NC Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order preventing landlords from evicting tenants and renters for the rest of 2020 citing financial burdens relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. This executive order comes as a new extensive surge in new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are being realized.

Of note, the CDC actually has a eviction moratorium in place during events such as pandemics. Governor Cooper said his executive decision helps to clarify the CDC statement.

It is estimated 300,000 to 410,000 renters in North Carolina are currently unable to pay rent because of employment and other financial issues related to Coronavirus.

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Discussions On Water Quality, Pollution, And Coastal Habitats

September 2020

Public discussions on stormwater runoff management and it’s impacts on water quality from pollution on coastal habitats and ecosystems along the coast where flooding from tropical storms and hurricanes are a consistent threat.

What are the impacts on commercial fishing and tourism? How are local governments in the state addressing pollution free waterways? What are the unique impacts on beaches, the ocean, rivers, sounds, and bays?

Use our no registration comments and discussion thread by clicking the title link.

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Commercial Airline Service In To Raleigh-Durham International Airport

September 2020

This is a database and request for information and questions about Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) when considering travel to the State of North Carolina.

If you have information about any of the following, or have questions, please click on the title link to use our no registration comments and discussions form and we will transfer your information to this section.

What commercial airlines are active at Raleigh-Durham International airport? How far is this airport in driving to cities like Raleigh, Durham, Chapel-Hill, Cary, Garner, Smithfield, Morrisville, and other cities?

What special accommodations exist at this airport? Do ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft pick up passengers? What are some unique things about flying in to or out of RDU? What are the closest and most recommended hotels to this landmark?

What car rental companies service this airport?

How far driving time is it to coastal NC beaches and mountain resorts? What are some others questions or information you have about RDU and commercial airline service in to this airport?

Filed: NC travel information, RDU airport.

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Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) Sets It’s Sights On Eastern NC Autism Sports Leagues

September 2020

24 year old Atlanta native Taylor Duncan hopes to see an alternative baseball league coming to the Eastern NC cities of New Bern, Jacksonville, the Outer Banks, and Morehead City. After starting the organization in 2016, the ABO has other leagues in Fayetteville, Johnston County, Gastonia, High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Hickory, Mt. Airy and Mooresville and hopes to fill the gap for those experiencing Autism.

More information can be found at the league website, www.alternativebaseball.org and under the social media #powerthroughperceptions.

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Migratory Birds, Waterfowl, Geese, And Ducks Along Eastern NC Waterways

Our article on Carteret County national forest and wildlife refuge focuses on readers alerting us to information about migratory birds, shorebirds, ducks, geese, and other species to the Cedar Island refuge and Croatan forest in Eastern NC.

If you want to discuss general information about migratory birds at lakes and rivers in Central and Western NC, then please click the title link and submit your information and it will be added to this database.

If you would like to submit your official group of bird watchers, please fell free to add them.

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Discussions And Information On Estuarine Fish Habitats

September 2020

An estuary is a meeting of freshwater and saltwater and the result creating a brackish mixture that is unique to areas along coastal and Eastern NC.

In this discussion thread, we are looking for information on the species of fish that are typically found in estuaries, along with information on spawning, hatcheries, fisheries management, and what makes these fish unique.

Additionally, we are interested in conditions that make estuarine fish habitats vulnerable and ways that marine biologists, scientist, and researchers are working to help species from brackish waters thrive.

Please click the title link to enter our no registration comments and discussions area.

If you are a marine biologist or working on your PhD at UNC Marine Sciences, Duke Marine Lab, or NC State Marine Fisheries and wish to have discussions using your verified credentials, please contact us.

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Natural Habitats And Resources Along The Neuse River In Eastern NC

September 2020

Questions asked and answered in our South River article as it relates to local area resources, natural habitats, migratory patterns of waterfowl along this Neuse River waterway in Eastern NC, different types of shorebirds, fish, shoreline marine life, vulnerable and protected sea turtles, and information on harvesting of shellfish like shrimp, clams, and oysters.

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Neuse River Information In Eastern NC Waterways

September 2020

The Neuse River is a large estuary of the Pamlico Sound that extends in to New Bern NC with many attached bays, creeks, and rivers.

Please visit our article on South River to learn more about just one of these waterways in Eastern NC and to learn more about tourism, ecotourism, places to see and things to do on the water.

Please be sure to ask questions and offer information on the linked article if you know other information about the Neuse River and the river we linked.

Information we are looking for is boating and sailing information, natural resources, campsites and RV parks, fishing guides, walking trails, local area wildlife refuges, opportunities for birding, and photography.

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Big Rock Fall Baseball League Sees Larger Than Expected Turnout in Carteret County NC [2020]

September 2020

The Big Rock Fall Baseball League got underway on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Puck O’Neal Field in Morehead City and gave students at Croatan High School, West Carteret High School, East Carteret High School, and Havelock High School a chance to try out for the new league.

The Big Rock Fall Baseball League is a new league in Carteret County NC and a collaborative effort by the Morehead City Marlins baseball team, the Town of Morehead City, and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Organizers say the new league gives local area high school baseball players, who saw a loss in game play after COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions earlier in the spring, a chance to regain time lost participating in a sport they love.

Organizers say that around 72 players attended league tryouts along with a half dozen coaches. Buddy Bengal, owner of the Marlins, said organizers were expecting around 50 players which will require some thinking on the slated 12 game and four team schedule.

Buddy Bengal reports that the new fall league will not charge admission and is simply an opportunity for area high school baseball players to play the game they love after the Coronavirus affected the spring season.

Comments and discussions via the title link.

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Tidal Estuary Information In Eastern NC

A estuary is a widening body of a coastal river as it approaches the sea and contains a mixture of fresh water and saltwater (brackish). Additionally, a estuary typically has a network of smaller rivers, creeks, and other waterways that connect to it.

A tidal estuary is simply one that is affected by tides.

In this article, we are going to focus on an important large estuary in Eastern NC that serves as an important landmark for living shorelines, maritime ecosystems, saltwater marshes, commercial fishing, and the harvesting of shellfish like clams, shrimp, and oysters.

Please use the title link to enter our discussion area so that you can input information in to this learning resource.

Furthermore, we are urging you to review our article on NC energy production as this coastal region is seeing a large push for energy companies to begin drilling, seismic blasting, and fracking of natural resources to gain energy from fossil fuels. How will energy production of NC water resources affect natural habitats and maritime ecosystems in the state?

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Discussions On Local Military Bases Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, Cherry Point, And Pope Air Force Base

September 2020

This is an information post and discussion thread on four local military bases that we know about in the Eastern NC cities of Jacksonville, Fayetteville, Havelock, and Goldsboro.

Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, NC and is a Marine Corps base.
Cherry Point is located in Havelock, NC and is a Marine Corps base.
Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville, NC and is a Army base and home to the 82nd airborne.
Pope Air Force Base is located in Goldsboro, NC and is now attached to Fort Bragg.
Coast Guard bases in Cape Hatteras, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington.

Please use the title link to enter our discussion area.

Suggested discussions could include military relocation, asking questions about the local communities these bases reside in, buy, sell, and trade items, specific travel related information, or anything else that pertains to the topic.

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Family Vacation Questionnaire During The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

September 2020

This is a survey and discussion forum article asking if people cancelled planned family vacation to any NC destination in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

As a tourism based website, we are interested in events such as this to help us gauge better ways to deliver travel related information.

In 2020 or 2021, did your family cancel any planned vacations? If so, what area of Eastern NC, Western NC, or Central NC were you planning to visit?

Did your decision to cancel have anything to do with needing to visit the area using commercial airline service from your hometown?

Was your decision to cancel related to concerns over tourism areas typically having mass gathering at resorts, beaches, or other attractions in the state?

If none of the above, what other concerns did your family have?

Or, if you did not cancel a vacation, what was your reasoning?

It should be noted that during the height of the pandemic, there were no travel restrictions in place for those visiting the state from other states via airline or train service.

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NC Phase 2.5 Reopening Of Kids Parks Under The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

September 2020

In early September of 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order outlining the reopening of kids parks in the State. The executive order was entitled Phase 2.5 reopening which dealt directly with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to the NC Governor’s order, all recreational parks were closed.

Under Phase 2.5, parents and guardians are still strongly encouraged to practice social distancing, hand washing, and using a mask for a child at play.

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NC Attorney General Josh Stein Files Federal Lawsuit To Counter Trump Administration On Oil And Gas Exploration And Seismic Testing Along The NC Coastal Beaches

September 2020 Government And Legislation News

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, NC Attorney General Josh Stein filed a federal lawsuit to stop five companies in NC from gaining permits to begin oil and gas exploration along the NC coastal regions using seismic testing after the Trump administration opened the door to this type of exploration.

Environmentalist say that seismic testing is the precursor to fracking which has unimaginable negative consequences for marine life, aquatic life, sea turtles, and other habitats along the coast.

Attorney General Josh Stein says that this issue is non-partisan given that many municipal leaders along the coast, and who are from large Conservative centers, are opposed to any legislation opening the door to offshore drilling, fracking, and technologies that use mechanical devices to harm natural habitats simply for energy production from fossil fuels.

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State Enforcement, Regulations, And Restrictions Versus Making A Living Fishing And Harvesting Shellfish

September 2, 2020 – NC Water Quality Article

Topics include laws, regulations, restrictions, and enforcement of recreational and commercial interest versus environmental concerns and the conflicts these two areas create for each other in coastal regions along the North Carolina coast, barrier islands, and waterways including estuaries, rivers, and bays.

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Parent And Child Recreation In The Age of The COVID-19 Coronavirus In NC

July 2020

We are interested in hearing from NC parents with children about new ways to continue to engage in outside recreation activities with your children during this time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

What are some unique ways you created or changed to still enjoy kids parks, the beaches, while still encouraging social interactions using masks and distancing from other children and adults?

What are some unique ways your community or county is providing safe resources to promote learning and socialization?

Click the title link and use the form at the bottom to talk with us.

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Eastern NC Testing Of Water Quality In Coastal Regions As Population Numbers Rise

July 2020

In the past several years, population numbers skyrocketed in coastal regions and area beaches as two Interstates fed traffic from the Triad. Decades ago, I-40 connected Raleigh with Wilmington NC, and soon Interstate 42 will connect Raleigh with Morehead City along the Crystal Coast of Carteret County NC.

Additional, beach communities along the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Coast continue to see steady growth and development.

With this rise in popularity and travel, water quality becomes an issue. Let’s discuss this.

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The Importance Of Regulations, Standards, Laws, And Education On Coastal Bodies Of Water In NC

July 2020

As populations grow in rural areas of Coastal NC, there is an emerging impact of rivers, estuaries, sounds, and beaches where a balance of conservation and environmentalism will have to butt heads with commercial interest that want to see growth and development at all cost.

Ecosystems from vulnerable sea turtles, living shorelines, other marine mammals, and decreasing land masses will need to be watched closely.

Additionally, climate change considerations on the growing threat of more frequent and strong tropical storms and hurricanes will need to be monitored.

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Protecting Natural Wildlife Habitats In Coastal NC Ecosystems

February 25, 2020

Coastal NC has a very unique and fragile ecosystem for aquatic and marine wildlife and natural living shorelines.

In the past few years, and brought on by cleanup after hurricanes Florence and Dorian, pollution and contamination was unearthed and now there is a new collaborative effort along the Crystal Coast to help educate, implement, and enforce better standards for debris that threatens wildlife and nature in areas such as Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, and other beach regions that have vulnerable habitats such as sea turtles.

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NC Marine Debris Action Plan – Keeping Waterways, Estuaries, Rivers, Sounds, and Beaches Clean

February 25, 2020

NC water related efforts in Eastern NC to educate and implement new objectives to help clean marine debris from coastal North Carolina estuaries, rivers, beaches, sounds, and other waterways where there exists a fragile ecosystem for marine life including endangered and threatened sea turtles.

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