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AG concerned that recent budget cuts could reverse trend

Reports of crime across North Carolina fell by 5.6 percent while violent crime dropped by 10.2 percent in 2010, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. It’s the lowest crime rate for North Carolina since 1977 and includes the lowest murder rate since North Carolina began collecting statewide crime statistics in 1973.

While the Attorney General lauded the drop in crime, he warned that future success will be more difficult due to recent budget cuts to law enforcement personnel and equipment.

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This summer the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNC A) will be continuing the Muddy Water Watch by monitoring logging operations, eroding roads, trails, campsites, and off road vehicle areas. Problems with these areas can add pollution to critical cold-water streams. More than 20 percent of the French Broad Watershed is in the National Forest, so WNCA members say this work is important to ensure protection of these headwater streams.

Onsite training will be offered to review forest best management practices so that volunteers will be prepared to identify sources of sediment pollution.

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$15,000 will fund two new trails for ‘Kids in Parks’ initiative

U.S. Representative Heath Shuler has announced that the Blue Ridge Parkway has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Park Foundation for the addition of two TRACK trails, part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s “Kids in Parks” initiative. The goal of the TRACK trail program is to encourage children and their families to explore the outdoors through a series of brochure-led, self-guided activities.

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Transport to ‘temporary’ storage sites with option of reprocessing

The transportation and storage subcommittee of America’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC see www.brc.gov) endorsed centralizing the tens of thousands of tons of irradiated (or “spent”) nuclear fuel currently in storage at nuclear reactor sites and some nuclear weapons production sites in 32 states. The panel did not name a proposed location, but used the words “consent-based” to indicate that a volunteer site would be preferred.

Earlier this year, members of the business sector near both the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico indicated to the panel an interest in “volunteering” to take the waste. Community members and other officials in both South Carolina and New Mexico have expressed strong opposition to such a plan, and an opposition campaign already has started in North Carolina (see www.nonuclearwasteinwnc.com) .

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