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Four things to have on your radar — after Monday’s solar eclipse

#1 The path forward in Afghanistan – President Trump addresses the nation at 9:00 p.m. tonight outlining a “path forward” for the U.S. in Afghanistan. Multiple reports indicate the president will authorize sending another 4,000 troops to the region.

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones, whose district includes Camp Lejeune, urged Trump in July not to increase troop levels.

Read Jones’ full letter here.

#2 The boys are back in town – House and Senate members return to Raleigh Tuesday where they will focus on six bills vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper and other legislation they may want to move before next year’s session. Lawmakers are also facing a September 1st court-ordered deadline to have new redistricting maps drawn and approved.

#3 Your chance to sound off on the proposed maps –  Tuesday afternoon legislators will hold seven public hearings across North Carolina regarding the new maps that are intended to correct their unconstitutional, racial gerrymandering.  Check out the newly released Senate and House maps below.

 

 

 

The public hearings begin at 4:00pm at the following locations:

  • Legislative Office Building: 300 N Salisbury Street, Room 643, Raleigh
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: 2855 Hickory Blvd, Building B, Room 108, Hudson
  • Central Piedmont Community College: 1112 Charlottetowne Ave, Charlotte
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College: 2817 Fort Bragg Road, General Classroom Building, Room 108, Fayetteville
  • Guilford Tech. Community College, Jamestown Campus: 601 E Main St., Medline Campus Center, Rm. 360, Jamestown
  • Halifax Community College: 100 College Road, Building 100, Room 108, Weldon
  • Beaufort County Community College: 5337 US Hwy 264 E, Building 9, Room 935, Washington, NC

Note: Individuals attending Tuesday’s public hearings are required to sign up and will have up to three minutes to speak.

#4 GenX back in the spotlight – On Wednesday, the legislature’s Environmental Review Commission holds an investigative hearing about GenX in Wilmington. The hearing at the New Hanover Government Center gets underway at 1:30pm.

Read more from environmental reporter Lisa Sorg on DEQ’s ability to regulate GenX in the Cape Fear River.

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