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Initiative to encourage investment in early childhood programs

On Tuesday, June 12, parents, business leaders, faith community leaders and Region A Partnership for Children board members traveled to the North Carolina General Assembly as part of Smart Start’s statewide “Tuesdays for Tots” initiative. The constituents met with the Region A legislative delegation and asked members to restore funding to Smart Start. In 2011, Smart Start funding was reduced by 20 percent ($37.6 million), disproportionately more than any other component of the education system. As a result, thousands of children are no longer benefiting from much-needed early childhood programs, according to Region A Partnership for Children.

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North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has officially signed a 30-year agreement with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to allow live dealers at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino minutes after the N.C. Senate approved the legislation in a 68-49 vote.

With both the N.C. House of Representatives and the N.C. Senate voting to approve the compact, the last hurdle will be for the agreement to be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior before live games can be implemented. Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Michell Hicks said he hopes that the U.S. Department of the Interior will approve the compact within the next four weeks to allow for the first wave of live tables to be operational by August 1.

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Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that that N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) is leading a statewide effort to recognize North Carolina service members and their families on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, which in June will launch “The Year of the Korean War Veteran.”

“More than 177,000 North Carolina citizens served in Korea between June 27, 1950, and Jan. 31, 1955,” Gov. Perdue said. “We believe that more than 72,000 of these veterans are still living in North Carolina today, and many more have descendants who make their home here. I ask that everyone pitch in to help us provide formal appreciation of their service and sacrifice.”

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Patterson and Meadows square off before July runoff.

The Macon County Chapter of FreedomWorks hosted a debate on Saturday for Republican candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District seat in a July runoff. The seat opened up after current Congressman Health Shuler (D-Waynesville) announced late last year that he would not seek reelection.

The event was closed to the public but more than 50 members of FreedomWorks filled the meeting room at Angel Medical Center on Saturday morning to listen to Mark Meadows of Cashiers and Vance Patterson of Morganton, Republican contenders for the District 11 Congressional Seat.

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