Thursday, February 5, 2015

First Drip (2/5/15): Anthem gets hacked, the Guv's State of the State address, more

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Bring more businesses to North Carolina. Raise the base pay for teachers to $35,000. Medicaid reform. Those were just some of Gov. McCrory's talking points during his State of the State address. (The Guv didn't have Joe Biden in the background making funny faces, so no need to watch the address if you missed it last night.)

Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County's health director, is gunning for you cigarette smokers. He'd like to see a 10 percent tax on tobacco products. Some legislators doubt it'll happen, though.

If you're insured by Anthem, you'd better start keeping tabs on your credit report: The 2nd largest health insurer in the country announced as many as 80 million customers have had their account information stolen in a cyber attack.

The heads of literary geeks exploded earlier this week when the world learned Harper Lee, now 88, is publishing a sequel to her To Kill a Mockingbird. But some of the author's hometown neighbors wonder how enthusiastic she really is about the release of a second novel. “Nelle was always very clear that she didn’t want another book to be published, that she was happy out of the limelight and away from the media focus. So it’s very surprising to hear that she is suddenly so keen for this new book to come out,” said Sam Therrell, the owner of Radley’s Fountain Grille and a friend of Lee's.

If you tweet, they will know. Google and Twitter reached a deal to allow for tweets to be searchable online.

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