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    Raleigh man convicted of wife's 2006 murder seeks new trial - WRAL.comRaleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man convicted of killing his pregnant wife in 2006 is scheduled to be in court again Thursday for a hearing to seek a new trial. Jason Young was found guilty of murdering his wife, Michelle Young, more than a decade ago ...

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  • DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT North Carolina

    The infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed by British troops off North Carolina's Outer Banks in 1718.

    In one of the nation’s most intriguing mysteries, a group of around 150 colonists from Plymouth, England, who had landed on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina in July 1587 vanished without a trace, except for the word “Croatoan” scratched on a post that had enclosed the settlement. Although there have been several hypotheses as to what occurred, historians and archaeologists have been unable to find evidence to support any of them.

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    The first child born in America of English descent was a girl named Virginia Dare. Born on August 18, 1587, Virginia was one of the members of the “Lost Colony,” discovered missing on what would have been her 3rd birthday by her grandfather John White, who had originally led the colonial expedition to Roanoke Island but later returned to England for supplies.

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    Angered by the Navigation Acts, which imposed taxes on colonial goods, and the abuse of power flaunted by the customs collector and deputy governor, Thomas Miller, a group of about 40 rebels imprisoned Miller and seized control of local government in 1677. John Culpeper, one of the group’s leaders, was tried for treason in England, but was acquitted and returned to Albemarle. The uprising became known as Culpeper’s Rebellion.

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    Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first powered airplane flight on December 17, 1903, covered only 120 feet and lasted only 12 seconds.

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    During World War II, approximately 10,000 enemy soldiers were contained within 18 prisoner of war camps throughout the state of North Carolina.

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    North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. In 2011, farmers within the state harvested 64,000 acres—yielding 1.28 billion pounds of the vitamin A-rich tubers.

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    The first public university in the US was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    State of North Carolina Quick Facts
    • Current Population:10,042,802
    • Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before an election
    • Election Day Voter Registration: No
    • Early Voting: Yes
    • Absentee Voting: Yes
    • Voter ID: Yes
    • Electoral Colleges: 15
    • Congressional Districts: 13
    • Date of Statehood: November 21, 1789
    • Size: 53,819 square miles
    • Nickname(s): Old North State; Tar Heel State
    • Tree: Pine
    • Flower: Dogwood
    • Bird: Cardinal

    North Carolina State Government

    North Carolina Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.

    That the great, general, and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, and that the relations of this State to the Union and government of the United States and those of the people of this State to the rest of the American people may be defined and affirmed

    We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness

    The Executive Branch
    North Carolina State Capitol.

    Executive Power

    The executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor.

    A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified.

    North Carolina Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    North Carolina State Legislative Building. Self-created image by Jayron32 of English Wikipedia

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state shall be vested in the General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

    The Senate shall be composed of 50 senators, biennially chosen by ballot.

    The House of Representatives shall be composed of 120 Representatives, biennially chosen by ballot.

    North Carolina Legislative Chambers
  • The State House (Elected)
  • The State Senate (Elected)
  • Judicial Branch
    Justice Building in Raleigh, NC

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall, except as provided in Section 3 of this Article, be vested in a Court for the Trial of Impeachments and in a General Court of Justice. The General Assembly shall have no power to deprive the judicial department of any power or jurisdiction that rightfully pertains to it as a co-ordinate department of the government, nor shall it establish or authorize any courts other than as permitted by this Article.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices, but the General Assembly may increase the number of Associate Justices to not more than eight.

    The Court shall have not less than five members, and may be authorized to sit in divisions, or other than en banc.

    North Carolina Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(120)
    (46)(74)
    State Senators(50)
    (15)(35)
    US Representatives(13)
    (3)(10)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    North Carolina Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless, at the time of his election, he shall have attained the age of 30 years and shall have been a citizen of the United States for five years and a resident of this State for two years immediately preceding his election. No person elected to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible for election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.

    Election

    The governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected.

    Term of Office

    Their term of office shall be four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.

    Salary

    $142,265

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    For North Carolina, the lieutenant governor is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. The lieutenant governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the North Carolina Senate.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless, at the time of his election, he shall have attained the age of 30 years and shall have been a citizen of the United States for five years and a resident of this State for two years immediately preceding his election. No person elected to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible for election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.

    Election

    The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected.

    Term of Office

    Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    Election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.

    Salary

    $125,676.

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general, in addition to serving as the state's chief legal advisor, heads the North Carolina Department of Justice.

    Qualifications

    Special Qualifications for Attorney General. Only persons duly authorized to practice law in the courts of this State shall be eligible for appointment or election as Attorney General.

    Election

    The attorney general in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    Elected every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $124,676.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    To perform such duties as may then be devolved upon the Secretary by resolution of the two houses of the General Assembly or either of them.

    Qualifications

    Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.

    Election

    he secretary of state in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The secretary of state.

    Term of Office

    The term of office is four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $125,676.

    Qualification age

    21 years of age.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    As the chief financial officer and official banker, the treasurer bears responsibility for managing the finances of the entire state.

    Qualifications

    Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.

    Election

    The treasurer in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The treasurer, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2016, 2020 and 2024.

    Term of Office

    The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $125,676

    Qualification age

    21 years of age.

    North Carolina State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.

    Qualifications

    Each Representative, at the time of his election, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

    Election

    The Representatives shall be elected from districts.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of Senators and Representatives shall commence on the first day of January next after their election for a two-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $13,951/year + per diem.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    he Lieutenant Governor of the State serves as President of the Senate, but can only vote in the event of a tie. The Senate elects other officers from their members, including a President pro tempore.

    Qualifications

    Each Senator, at the time of his election, shall be not less than 25 years of age, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the State as a citizen for two years and in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

    Election

    The Senators shall be elected from districts

    Term of Office

    The term of office of Senators and Representatives shall commence on the first day of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $13,951/year + per diem + expenses.

    Qualification age

    Shall be not less than 25 years of age

    North Carolina State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Supreme Court shall have jurisdiction to review upon appeal any decision of the courts below, upon any matter of law or legal inference.

    Qualifications

    Only persons duly authorized to practice law in the courts of this State shall be eligible for election or appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judge of the Superior Court, or Judge of District Court. This section shall not apply to persons elected to or serving in such capacities on or before January 1, 1981.

    Election

    Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State.

    Term of Office

    Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals, and regular Judges of the Superior Court shall be elected by the qualified voters and shall hold office for terms of eight years.

    Limit on Tenure

    until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Chief salary

    $144,049

    Associates salary

    $140,285

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 72.

    The Court Of Appeals
    Authority

    The Court of Appeals shall have such appellate jurisdiction as the General Assembly may prescribe

    Qualifications

    Only persons duly authorized to practice law in the courts of this State shall be eligible for election or appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judge of the Superior Court, or Judge of District Court. This section shall not apply to persons elected to or serving in such capacities on or before January 1, 1981.

    Election

    Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State.

    Term of Office

    Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals, and regular Judges of the Superior Court shall be elected by the qualified voters and shall hold office for terms of eight years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Salary

    $134,440

    Qualification age

    At least 21 years old.

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