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Coming up this week…

To mark the 47th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid, the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans will host a celebration today (Monday) of the programs’ successes and release a new report detailing the impact on state residents.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation creating Medicare into law on July 30, 1965 in Independence, Missouri, with former President Harry Truman attending.

Rep. David Price (D-NC) will be on hand to offer remarks at this morning’s event at 1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC (AFL-CIO). Members of the Alliance will be presenting Rep. Price with a “birthday” card and cake in honor of the day and in recognition of his strong support of seniors in Congress.

On Tuesday, Rep. Stephen LaRoque will officially step down from his House seat. Laroque announced his resignation last week after he was indicted on charges of illegal use of federal funds and money laundering. The Kinston Republican has denied doing anything improper.

The 72-page indictment alleges LaRoque routed federal loans through his management company to then purchase vehicles, jewelry, Fabergé eggs and other goods.

Wednesday First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to North Carolina, where she will make campaign stops in Greensboro and Raleigh.

In the early afternoon, the First Lady will speak to Greensboro-area supporters and volunteers at Fleming Gymnasium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Later in the afternoon,  Mrs. Obama will travel to Raleigh for a fundraiser.

It will be the First Lady’s first trip to the state since May, when she was in Greensboro to deliver the commencement address at N.C. A&T State University.

The North Carolina State Board of Education will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The two day meeting gets underway at 10:30 on August 1st. Among the issues being considered, the board will decide whether to allow 25 charter schools to open, as recommended by the North Carolina Public Schools Charter Advisory Council. Want to attend? The State Board of Education’s meetings are held at 755 Education Building, 301 North Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC.

And just in time for students going back-to-school, this weekend marks the annual tax-free holiday for the Tar Heel state. Friday (August 3rd) through Sunday (August 5th) North Carolinians will be able to purchase clothing, computers, sporting goods items and many other things for the school year tax-free. For a list of what qualifies, visit the state Department of Revenue’s website.

One Comment

  1. Doug

    July 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    It’s interesting that after 4 years, Obama has decided to turn up the heat on the billions lost in Medicare and Medicaid from fraud and abuse. Couldn’t we have done that in the first year ?