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Sweepstakes establishments high on list of priorities.

All five members of the Macon County Board of Commissioners will be attending the North Carolina Association of County Commissioner (NCACC) Legislative Day in Raleigh next Wednesday, May 30.

The commissioners trip is part of the NCACC’s annual County Assembly Day, where county officials from across the state travel to the state capital to be a part of discussions surrounding priority legislative issues. County Commissioner Ronnie Beale currently serves as the Second Vice President for the NCACC, a post to which he was elected in August 2011.

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Times and places to cast your vote

The North Carolina primary is Tuesday, May 8. The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Polling place by community are as follows:

 

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Based on recent notification from USDOL, North Carolina is no longer eligible for the Extended Benefits (EB) program.

The last payable week of EB will be the week ending May 12, 2012. Workers who file their claim through the EB program will no longer be eligible to receive extended benefits once the period ends. Roughly 199,000 people are receiving benefits in North Carolina. Of those, 17,000 people are currently receiving benefits in the EB program.

DES is working quickly to notify those who are potentially affected by this program ending. Claimants currently in the extended benefits program will be notified by mail.

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Expert urges renewed focus on rehabilitation

States are spending $52 billion a year on corrections, with one U.S. adult in 31 either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, according to the Pew Foundation.

The U.S. incarceration rate is by far the highest in the world. Spending on corrections is now the second fastest-growing item in state budgets after Medicaid. It has quadrupled in the past two decades, many say because of a “get tough on crime” approach.

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