Pilot Light: County to Launch Improved Web Site
Moore County government will launch its new Web site Monday.
The upgraded and updated site is the result of months of analysis, design, programming and response to pre-release review feedback, according to Eli Arroyo-Allen of the county's public information office. She says the goal is to provide residents and visitors with updated site features, such as interactive functions, up-to-date calendar of events, E-services and subscription functions.
"In addition to the site's many new technical features, the graphic design and interface present a dramatic improvement," Arroyo-Allen says. "We have streamlined the site's navigation, making it more intuitive and user-friendly. Also created is a visual navigation system for the many visitors who simply want to browse around the site without a specific destination."
She says the county will continue to introduce new site features in response to changing needs.
The Web address remains www.moorecountync.gov.
Additional information is available by calling Arroyo-Allen at (910) 947-6363.
PAPERWORK -- State Sen. Harris Blake is among several legislators receiving audit letters from the State Board of Elections.
The Pinehurst Republican is in good company. Also receiving audit notices are Majority Leader Tony Rand, who recently resigned to accept an appointment to head the state probation/parole system, and Minority Leader Phil Berger. Rand is a Democrat from Cumberland County; Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County.
Gary Bartlett, executive director of the state board, calls the audit letters a routine procedure to correct potential problems with paperwork connected with campaign finance reports.
BCBS -- A legislative delegation has asked the state attorney general and insurance commissioner to investigate a recent campaign by Blue Cross Blue Shield, regarded as the largest private insurance provider in North Carolina.
In a letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper and Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, the 20 legislators question the insurer's recent mailings and robo-calls to constituents, who were asked to urge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to vote against health-care reform legislation before Congress. They cite concerns about possible violation of the Do Not Call Registry and its not-for-profit status.
"As a corporation that claims to deliver innovative health-care products and services to its members, Blue Cross Blue Shield appears to be engaging in a blatant political campaign utilizing the premiums paid by their customers," the letter says. "Even if there is no apparent violation of existing statutes, we think this is bad public policy that deserves further scrutiny."
Signing the letter were three senators, including Republican Stan Bingham, and 17 representatives, all Democrats. State House Speaker Joe Hackney, whose district includes one and a half precincts in Moore County, did not sign the letter, but the letter was distributed to the media by Bill Holmes, his communications director.
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