Giving Back: Tim McGraw Gives Mortgage-Free Homes to 36 More Veterans

(Operation Homefront) Home may be where the heart is, but for 36 lucky veterans, it’s on a street where Tim McGraw has bought each of them a house. It is fitting that on America’s Independence Day week we introduce you to the country singer who is providing financial independence for veterans with thirty-six mortgage-free homes. He’s handing out one per stop on his current nationwide tour. McGraw already has given away 108 homes to deserving military families in the last three years, after he formed a partnership with Chase Bank and Operation Homefront. “Launching our Homefront program made last summer so much more special than I could have originally imagined,” McGraw said. “I can honestly say that I got as much or more out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes and assistance.”

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Meet The Father of The “No-Kill” Movement

(GoodNews Network) Richard Avanzino was a bit of a wallflower as a kid. He didn’t have any friends to speak of—well, friends on two legs, anyway. His friends with four paws were his true pals, and because of them, he vowed to dedicate his life to helping dogs everywhere. And he did: millions of them, in fact. It all started back in 1976, when Avanzino arrived at the San Francisco SPCA. At the time, the primary discussion within the humane movement was how to best kill the animals, but that all changed after he encountered Sido. As its president, he revolutionized animal sheltering by housing dogs and cats awaiting adoption in cozy, home-like settings rather than cages, setting a new standard of sheltering practices—and not just the cute, young ones, either.

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Pat McCrory steps up criticism of General Assembly

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Gov. Pat McCrory has taken issue with several actions by the state General Assembly and some inaction — including failure to stay in Raleigh to work on a state budget — in comments in recent weeks that seem to indicate a more negative view of legislators by the governor. Over the past couple of weeks, McCrory has complained about inclusion of policy decisions in a proposed budget bill, lack of action on his request that legislators replenish the state’s economic incentives funds and most recently, General Assembly passage of a bill that redistricts and restructures Greensboro City Council.

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Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill

(Charlotte Observer) Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country’s largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Duke Energy’s board of directors approved raising Good’s annual salary by $50,000 to more than $1.2 million, the only part of her pay package that’s guaranteed. Bigger boosts in incentives could push her potential annual compensation to $10.5 million a year, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Good previously topped out at about $8 million a year if she met short- and long-term goals. “Her performance has been exemplary and the board is pleased with her leadership,” the company said in a prepared statement.

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NC schools suspend driver’s education

(Raleigh News & Observer) At least one-third of North Carolina’s school systems are suspending their driver’s education programs this summer until they learn whether they’ll receive any state money to help pay for the classes. Driver’s education classes typically run all day during the summer when school is out, but some school officials are deciding they can’t hold the program when they aren’t even sure they’ll still be required to offer the instruction. The House budget would continue state funding for the driver’s ed classes now taken by 120,000 high school students each year. The Senate budget eliminates all funding and moves driver’s ed to the state’s community colleges. The General Assembly approved a temporary budget Tuesday to run the state until Aug. 14, but the spending plan includes no state money for school districts to provide driver’s education.

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