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North Carolina consumers will soon have access to technology that can block annoying robocalls, Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced.

“Instead of being driven crazy by robocalls, consumers will soon be in the driver’s seat and able to slam the brakes on unwanted calls,” Cooper said. “Call-blocking technology can help consumers free their phone lines from these frustrating calls.”

The Federal Communications Commission voted recently to allow phone carriers to offer consumers technology to block robocalls. Technologies now exist for phone carriers to find and block automatically dialed, pre-recorded calls, but several major phone companies claimed legal barriers to using it. After receiving the letter from the attorneys general as well as dozens of petitions about unwanted calls, the FCC voted to clarify its interpretation of federal telecommunications statutes to permit call-blocking technology and strengthen existing law.


More people in North Carolina will receive help preparing for jobs in high-demand occupations, thanks to a $5.25 million federal grant awarded to the state. The money will be used to create and implement a new program called NCWorks Certified Career Pathways.

The state received a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support education and training programs, such as on-the-job and classroom training, for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own or have struggled with longterm unemployment. This funding will help more job seekers gain meaningful employment, as well as ensure that employers have access to a steady pipeline of talent. North Carolina was one of 27 states to win the competitive grant award.

“This grant will support our ongoing efforts to find out what employers need from us and align our workforce services to meet those needs,” said Will Collins, Executive Director of NCWorks. “By working collaboratively with our partners, we’re creating the best workforce in the nation and making North Carolina a top destination for business.”


Including those at Mountain State Fair, state and county fairs

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has announced that all North Carolina poultry shows and public sales will be suspended from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15 due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. This includes the N.C. State Fair and Mountain State Fair poultry shows, bird shows at county fairs, live bird auctions and poultry swap meets.

The current strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in 21 states, mostly in the Midwest, and has not been detected in any state along the East Coast. This strain has not been found to affect human health and does not affect food safety. The virus is thought to be carried by migratory fowl, so veterinary officials are bracing for possible introduction of the virus during the fall migration.


North Carolina lawmakers have mitigated their voter identification requirements by making a last minute change to legislation that would have required all voters to provide a valid ID when voting in 2016.

Last week, the North Carolina Senate voted 44-2, followed by a House vote of 104-3, to establish a process for voters to use a “reasonable impediment declaration” outlining why they may not be able to provide a photo ID at the polls. The change allows voters to claim one of eight reasons, including a lack of transportation, disability or illness, lost or stolen photo ID, or a lack of a birth certificate or other documents to obtain a photo ID, and still be able to vote on election day.

The legislation change, which is similar to the law implemented in South Carolina in 2013, comes just three weeks before the state’s legal challenge of the law requiring photo ID was set to head to federal court. With the last minute adjustment, it is unclear where the federal court case stands.


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