RALEIGH – We’re hearing a few interesting things on Jones and Blount streets. Here’s a round-up:
Alamance DA goes pachyderm…
Alamance County District Attorney Pat Nadolski announced today that he is switching teams and joining the Republican Party. Nadolski said he is “a law-and-order prosecutor who isn’t afraid to be tough on crime” and that the GOP “will add greater support to my philosophy of prosecution and will permit me to better serve the citizens of Alamance County.”
Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and other prominent Republicans praised the move, according to Nadolski’s release.
State Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance) said he was excited to welcome Nadolski to the party. Gunn worked with Nadolski to pass “Lily’s law” in 2013. Inspired by a murder trial in Alamance County in 2008, the bill makes the death of a child after being born due to pre-birth injuries first-degree murder. Nadolski and Gunn were present when McCrory signed the bill into law.
Duke Energy one step closer to haulin’ ash to Lee and Chatham counties…
State environmental officials have approved water quality certifications for projects that will enable coal ash to be moved srom existing ash ponds beside waterways into open-pit mines in Chatham and Lee counties.
Duke Energy, through a contract with Green Meadows LLC, plans to move the ash and place it atop liners designed to capture any water leaching through the ash to prevent contaminants from reaching groundwater. Green Meadows will need to secure a last discharge permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before hauling any coal ash.
The North Carolina wine and grape industry contributes $1.71 billion to the state’s economy, a new report commissioned by the N.C. Agriculture Department claims.
“It is encouraging to see continued growth in the wine and grape industry, not only for our wineries, but also for our grape growers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “More than 77 percent of all wine produced in North Carolina comes from North Carolina grapes.”
North Carolina has more than 150 wineries and 525 commercial grape growers. The study was conducted by Frank, Rimerman + Co. using data from 2013. The economic impact of the industry grew 33.6 percent from 2009 to 2013.