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Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Drip (4/17/14): Brannon plagiarized, bye, bye, historic-preservation tax credit, more

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Greg Brannon's campaign has apparently plagiarized many of its talking points, pulling text about abortion, health care and national defense, among other issues, from Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash's website, a Cato Institute scholar and the Coalition for Jobs. Brannon is the North Carolina Tea Party Republican vying for a Senate seat.

Women's groups have helped Greensboro's Alma Adams take the financial lead in the race for the 12th District. Though the crowded race will likely still result in a runoff, Adams maintains a 3-to-1 cash advantage over her nearest opponent.

On their quest to reduce corporate income taxes, state lawmakers say they will cut a tax credit that has been used to revive many North Carolina cities. The historic-preservation tax credit has been used to renovate buildings in Greensboro and Winston-Salem including BioTech Place, the Nissen Building, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the Cone Export Building and the Jones Building, home to Natty Greene's.

Are our cell phones killing us? It could take generations to answer that question, argues Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. The electromagnetic fields and radiation emitted by cell phones have the potential to cause cancer and Alzheimer's, among other health problems. But because cell phones haven't been around for very long, scientists can't be sure if they definitely cause problems.

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