Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyMore >>
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.More >>
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31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:43:52 GMT
Monday marks one month since a popular Newton teacher was found dead inside her apartment and investigators were back out at her apartment over the weekend for several hours. According to neighbors, policeMore >>
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Monday, July 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:11:51 GMT
A homicide investigation is underway in Anson County after someone was found dead early Monday morning. WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52. ThisMore >>
WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag. More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Rep. Mike McIntyre still has about a year left in Washington, DC. After announcing plans to retire at the end of his ninth term in the House of Representatives, the Democrat from Lumberton has had to answer a lot of questions about why and how he decided to step down.
"You're constantly on the go in this job," McIntyre said in an interview this week. "If you're not doing official business, you're doing political business and you're always going to events. We finally had some time during the Christmas holidays and New Year's to spend some time talking, reflecting and praying about our decision. That's something we do every two years. It was not just this election, or this situation, like a lot of people have assumed. As we look back we feel good about what we've accomplished. We also felt it was a good time to look at new opportunities and a new chapter while we are still young enough and healthy enough to look at those new opportunities."
In the days immediately after making the announcement, McIntyre said he was unclear about what the future would hold, and whether he saw any other political campaigning on the horizon. There has been speculation on several fronts that he would possibly seek a position in Raleigh, whether it be in the General Assembly or as a candidate for state office.
"It's always nice when people suggest those things," said McIntyre when asked if he had given any more thought to the possibilities of holding elected office once again. "It took a while to pray through and come to this decision, we are now just beginning to explore what those opportunities might be. Whatever we do, we want to continue helping North Carolina, whether it be in the public or private sector."
McIntyre is quick to say that he has plenty of work ahead in Congress, especially on three major bills he says will impact major industries in North Carolina: agriculture with the Farm Bill, the Defense Bill and the impact on military bases in North Carolina, and the Water Resources Development Act dealing with the state's beaches and coastline.
McIntyre also shared some thoughts on the three men who served in the Oval Office during his 18-years in Congress.
He remembered President Bill Clinton's trip to Whiteville in 2000, on his "bridging the digital divide" trip, speaking in front of a crowd estimated at five thousand people. "That was President Clinton's last year," McIntyre said. "I remember later that year during the holidays, one of the staff members came up to me and told me the President said that trip stood out in his mind as one of the most enjoyable of his last year in office, and out of his eight years because it was so genuine, the people were so excited, and it was like rural America and southeastern north Carolina was being paid attention to."
McIntyre thought back to a favorite time spent with President George W. Bush, during a 2002 trip to one of the military bases in North Carolina: "I still remember when we flew down to Fort Bragg, and he made an address to the nation right in the midst of some of the tense days early on with our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan," McIntyre recalled. "That night happened to be the night of the NBA draft, and that happened to be the year (University of North) Carolina won the NCAA championship. We're getting on the plane getting ready to fly back on Air Force One that night, because we were in session that week. I have a picture, the White House photographer stepped into the President's office on Air Force One, and we're sitting there with (former Senator) Elizabeth Dole, (former Representative) Robin Hayes and (Senator) Richard Burr. They're Duke and Wake Forest grads, and I'm the only Carolina graduate in the room. President Bush turns around, picks up the USA Today, looks at me and says ‘what happened in the draft, isn't that doing on tonight?' I said ‘yes sir, and we had two Carolina guys everybody expected to be drafted, and Rashad McCants also went in the top-15'. He looked at me and said, ‘that McCants guy, he wasn't supposed to go that high, was he?' Then he opened up the USA Today and we started talking Carolina basketball".
McIntyre says President Obama is a big basketball fan, and recalled sharing times talking hoops with the current Commander-in-Chief. "He has met my two boys, they are Carolina grads like I am," McIntyre said. "I remember when he (President Obama) picked Carolina to win the national championship and they did in 2009, and we were at a summer picnic where they invite the families of Congress to come, and my whole family was there. We all wore our Carolina blue knit shirts, identical knit shirts, and we came walking along the South Lawn to speak to him and he said ‘here come those Carolina boys'. Ever since then he has remembered that and even the other day, when I was on Air Force One (for President's trip to Raleigh), he talked to me about the Carolina basketball team and the tough season they're having now. He's never forgotten that. He always brings that up to me or to the boys."
When asked if he will be active in backing any of the candidates who file to run for his District 7 House seat, McIntyre said flatly "no". "We've had Democratic, Republican and Independent support. That's the people's decision, I don't think we should run interference on that, so we don't plan to get involved."
It will be the first election Mike McIntyre is not involved with in two decades. But, only time will tell if it will be the last.
Monday, July 28 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:24:06 GMT
North Carolina Senate leaders say they hope to have a final budget to vote on this week. Senate Leader Phil Berger said Monday both chambers are working together to finalize the budget and says he hopesMore >>
Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says he expects members of the General Assembly to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the week. Committee members reached agreement this weekend on teacher pay raises, teaching assistant positions and funding Medicaid, which have been the three major sticking points in negotiations.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:47:36 GMT
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor. The House approved a compromise version of the bill on a 62-36 vote Friday following a unanimousMore >>
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:15:35 GMT
The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would createMore >>
State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:32:17 GMT
A new poll of North Carolina's highly-watched Senate race shows incumbent Kay Hagan's lead widening over Thom Tillis with less than four months left before Election Day. Public Policy Polling surveyedMore >>
Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story.More >>
Thursday, July 17 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:27:48 GMT
Republican David Rouzer has a cash advantage over the two other candidates running to replace Mike McIntyre as the Representative for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. Rouzer, Democrat JonathanMore >>
Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina. More >>
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