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“This is the same old rip-off we ran out of our state years ago. These overpriced loans trap borrowers in a cycle of debt many cannot escape. Payday lending was a bad idea then, and it’s a bad idea now.”

Cooper fought in court for years to chase payday lenders out of North Carolina. A bill filed yesterday in the N.C. Senate would allow payday lenders to open up shop again in the state, charging excessive interest rates on loans that must be paid back quickly.

Senate Bill 89 would amend the Check Cashing Licensing Act to allow a check casher/lender to pay out cash loans of up to $500 for a fee of 15 percent of the cash advance. On a typical loan repayable in two weeks, the annual percentage rate would be more than 300 percent.


Six-week course is in advance of spring deployment.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Six soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company are in the final phase of an intense six-week Dari language and Afghan cultural training course here.

The 210th Military Police Company, based in Franklin, N.C., is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this spring and was selected to provide soldiers to this pilot program.


County employees across various departments filled the Macon County Board of Commissioners meeting room Monday night, for a special presentation from John Anzivino with Springsted Inc., a company who recently completed a classification and compensation study of county employees.

The study was conducted after Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland informed commissioners that he was losing deputies to surrounding counties because the county's pay scale was significantly lower than that of other locales.


North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced on Thursday, Feb. 14, that it will soon begin issuing driver licenses and identification cards to applicants qualified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA was implemented by President Obama on June 15, 2012, calling for deferred action for some undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and then pursued an education or served in the U.S. Military.

Deferred action is a discretionary grant of relief by the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who fall under the deferred action status can apply for employment authorization, however, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful and permanent residence or citizenship and can also be revoked at any time.


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