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North Carolina middle and high school students can help fight prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths by entering a video contest sponsored by Attorney General Roy Cooper and the NC Department of Justice.

“For most teens, finding prescription drugs to abuse is as simple as opening up the medicine cabinet,” Cooper said. “When used incorrectly or mixed with alcohol or other drugs, just one pill can kill, and it’s critical that young people help us get this message out to their friends and classmates.”

Cooper visited Davis Drive Middle School in Cary to kick off the Stop Rx Abuse contest, which is open to all North Carolina students in grades 6 through 12. This is the fourth year Cooper has sponsored the contest and the first year it has been open to middle school students.


Remember when fun-filled hours of play had absolutely nothing to do with technology? When your grandpa could fashion a toy with his whittling knife in an afternoon?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park seasonal ranger Mike Meldrum not only remembers these simpler times, he's taking steps to guarantee at least a few of these traditions continue to thrive in the Smokies.

“We here in the park knew Mike’s toys were special,” said Steve Kemp, Great Smoky Mountains Association's interpretive products and services director. “Now, having earned a national first-place award, everyone knows.”


Great Smoky Mountains Association invites its members and those considering an enriched national park experience to “Branch Out” and go hiking with a naturalist in March.

“Big Creek Hike” with Liz Domingue of Just Get Outdoors is set for Saturday, March 21, on the North Carolina side of the park, just north of Cataloochee Valley. Participants will enjoy learning about nature on this four-mile, round-trip hike to Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole. Since the weather may still be cold in the Smokies, participants are asked to prepare with layers and appropriate outerwear. The hike is limited to 20 participants.

Domingue is a professional naturalist, educator, nature photographer, writer and guide with extensive experience hiking, backpacking, photographing and studying the natural world. Her interest in and study of natural history has been her lifelong pursuit and passion. As the originator and operator of Just Get Outdoors, she leads guided interpretive hikes and Naturalist Adventure Tours regionally and throughout the U.S.


Support Remote Sales Tax Collection (Marketplace Fairness Act) - North Carolina and its counties are losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually in sales tax revenues through untaxed remote sales. State estimates project an N.C. loss of nearly $122 million annually, with losses growing faster than the overall retail tax base. Collecting remote sales taxes is not a new tax or a tax increase; these revenues are actually already due and payable by law.

Oppose Unfunded Mandates to Counties - Reductions in federal spending and deficits should not be accomplished by shifting costs to counties, imposing unfunded mandates, or pre-empting county programs and taxing authority. We oppose any legislative or regulatory initiatives that undermine local government decision making authority and contribute to reductions to the economic prosperity and workforce of North Carolina’s counties.


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