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Restaurant taps new partner

Precious Davis was recently named a managing partner at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Kingsland. Davis began her career with LongHorn Steakhouse in 2010 as a server at the Savannah location. A natural leader, Precious was promoted within two years, training at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Bluffton, S.C., and later transferring to Statesboro. When she s not working, Davis stays busy keeping up with her 5 year old son, Jordon. Recruiting event be held in Brunswick

ATLANTA The Georgia Department of Labor s (GDOL) Brunswick Career Center will host a recruitment for Sizemore Inc., a security staffing agency, to hire 15 unarmed and armed security officers to work in Brunswick.

The recruitment will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the career center located at 2517 Tara Lane in Brunswick. Applicants must be at least 20 years old for the unarmed officer positions and at least 21 for the armed officer positons. All applicants are required to have a high school diploma, or a General Education Diploma (GED). Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background, work history and motor vehicle reports (MVR) check. They also must be able to lift 50 pounds, run short distances, perform patrols, work in all environments and flexible to any schedule. Chosen applicants must be able to complete a Security Officer Certification and Defense Driver Certification. Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for jobs. For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit[1] to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume.

Unemployment rate drops

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.3 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in January. Our unemployment rate fell as Georgia set new record highs for the number of people employed and for the size of our labor force, which crossed the five-million mark for the first time, said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. In February, the number of employed workers increased by 21,181 to 4,743,443. The state s labor force grew by 12,480 to 5,010,813. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for work.


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New Mexico Set to Be 48th State with Breach Notification Law

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Gov. Susana Martinez Expected to Sign Measure Soon Eric Chabrow (GovInfoSecurity) March 21, 2017 [4][5] New Mexico Set To Be 48th State With Breach Notification Law Floor of the New Mexico Senate. (Photo: Arianna Sena/Creative Commons)

New Mexico is on the cusp of becoming the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law, which would leave Alabama and South Dakota as the only states without such a statute.

See Also: Three and a Half Crimeware Trends to Watch in 2017[6]

The New Mexico Senate on March 15 passed the Data Breach Notification Act[7], or HB 15, by a 40-0 vote and sent the bill to Gov. Susana Martinez for her signature. The House approved the bill by a 68-0 margin on Feb. 15. A gubernatorial spokesman says Martinez is reviewing the legislation and has 20 days from passage to decide whether to approve it. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Rehm, says he believes his fellow Republican will sign the measure. What took New Mexico so long to enact a data breach notification[8] law? Resistance from some businesses was a key factor, says Mark Medley, who runs ID Theft Resolutions, a not-for-profit organization that supports New Mexicans victimized by identity theft[9]. “Lobbyists who didn’t want it [the bill’s passage] are very strong and influential in Santa Fe,” Medley says.

To win passage this year, Rehm says he worked closely with business representatives, seeking compromises on specific provisions. For instance, earlier data breach notification bills that failed to win passage included a provision that breached organization had only 30 days to notify victims. The law passed this year gives organizations 45 days to issue notification.

Protecting PII

New Mexico’s law, if enacted, would require businesses operating in the state to take reasonable security procedures to safeguard personally identifiable information. Unlike Massachusetts’ law, the New Mexico measure is not prescriptive, giving much latitude to businesses to decide how best to protect PII. The measure also would require organizations to notify the state attorney general if more than 1,000 New Mexicans fell victim to a breach. Breached organizations must notify individuals “in the most expedient time possible, but not later than 45 days following discovery of the security breach,” according to an analysis of bill by the law firm Baker Hostetler[10]. Organizations would be exempt from notification if, after an investigation, it’s determined the breach didn’t pose a significant risk of identity theft or fraud.

Like notification laws in many other states, organizations would be exempt from complying with the New Mexico statute if they must comply with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that governs financial institutions handling private information or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that regulates patient information. The New Mexico measure would require organizations to provide breach victims with advice on how to access personal account statements and credit reports to detect errors resulting from the security breach and also inform them of their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting and Identity Security Act.

Complicated Landscape

Besides 47 states, the District of Columbia and three territories also have data breach notification laws on the books.

“No two state data breach notification laws are alike, and this can create a complicated landscape for privacy teams working to assess privacy incidents and remain compliant across multiple jurisdictions,” says Alan Wall, senior counsel and global privacy officer at Radar, a company that provides online incident response management service. “The nuances of state penalties for noncompliance with data breach laws can have very real impacts on a privacy team already spread thin dealing with a data breach.”

Such concerns have been behind calls for Congress to enact a federal statute to establish a single data breach notification standard that supersedes state laws. But efforts since 2008 to enact such a law have faltered (see Single US Breach Notification Law: Stalled[11]). A national data breach notification law would simplify reporting breaches to law enforcement, citizens and consumers because organizations would only have to follow one set of rules, rather than a patchwork of state requirements.

But a federal data breach notification requirement – at least in the eyes of some consumer advocates – could potentially weaken security safeguards found in some state laws (see Barriers to a Breach Notification Law[12]). For example, Massachusetts’ and California’s data breach notification laws contain prescriptive security processes that likely would not be included in a federal law.

In testimony before Congress in 2015, Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Sara Cable argued that pre-empting state laws could “represent significant retraction of existing protections for consumers at a time when such protections are imperative.”

No legislation[13] calling for a national data breach notification requirement has been introduced in Congress this year, according to a search of “Now we play the waiting game for either state No. 49 to throw its hat into the notification ring or the federal government to pass a law that would unify notification obligations across all states,” says Erich Falke, a partner at the law firm Baker Hostetler who specializes in data privacy and data protection. “I’m not holding my breath for the latter.”


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How Trump’s proposed budget could impact Southeastern NC

The president has proposed slashing numerous domestic programs to fund increases in defense, veterans services

By StarNews Staff

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have some significant local impacts for Southeastern North Carolina as it proposes cuts to many federal domestic programs that have helped spur investment and improvements in the three-county region. The proposed “skinny budget,” which essentially provides Congress with a wish list of the president’s priorities, suggests huge increases in spending for defense, homeland security and veterans. It would cut or eliminate scores of other programs in economic development, the arts, public broadcasting, transportation, education, public housing, the environment and much more to fund those increases. The president’s proposals are just that, however, and Congress sets the country’s spending.

Here are a few areas where Trump’s proposal could impact the Cape Fear region:


A founding principle of the “skinny budget” is the unraveling of what Trump and other conservatives consider an overreaching regulatory state, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representing one of the vanguards of the concept. The preliminary document proposes reducing the EPA by 3,200 jobs and cutting the department’s budget by $2.6 billion. Mike Giles, a coastal advocate for the N.C. Coastal Federation, expressed particular concern about cuts to climate change research and international climate change programs. The cuts are included in $100 million in savings.

“I find it almost inexplicable, the position that’s coming out of Washington on climate change,” Giles said. “It’s beyond any reasonable rational explanation that they would just ignore fact-based science.”

The coasts of North and South Carolina are both susceptible to impact from sea-level rise, Giles added, and should be conducting research now in order to prepare. In addition, Giles said he was worried that the proposal zeroes out $250 million in funding for Sea Grant and other research or education programs. The administration’s budget writers said such programs benefit industry, state and local stakeholders and aren’t a core function of the federal government.

“The cutting of those funds is going to reduce the ability of North Carolina to plan and the ability of the state to assist local governments with planning,” Giles said.

Transportation and infrastructure

There is “cause for concern” in how the president’s proposed budget would affect transportation, said Robert Broome, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Transportation — particularly in the “elimination of several grant programs that help fund transit in North Carolina.”

The president’s proposed cuts include the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program as well as economic development initiatives, such as the Community Development Block Grant program and the Minority Business Development Agency and Economic Development Administration. The latter program provided Pender County with a $2.3 million grant to build a wastewater treatment facility. Trump’s budget also would cut the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. Locally, the Port of Wilmington last year applied for TIGER funds to improve container berths and wharfs, but hadn’t been approved yet. The program has provided North Carolina and municipalities in the state with $130 million in funding since 2010, Broome said. Tyler Newman, president and CEO of Business Alliance for a Sound Economy, said he is advising BASE members to be aware of potential changes Trump may introduce, including tax reform and regulatory reform. He said areas that jump out from a business perspective include potential streamlining of economic development functions and the Small Business Administration, “which is critical to local success stories.”

“I would look at the budget as a guide which identifies some key priorities in an effort to, as the document clearly says, ‘reprioritize federal spending.’ Ultimately, Capitol Hill will dictate what happens,” Newman said in an email.


While the military overall is the biggest winner in Trump’s proposed budget, with a proposed $54 billion increase, the plan calls for slashing $1.3 billion in funding to the Coast Guard, which has numerous facilities in Southeastern North Carolina, including the Port City, where the Cutter Diligence is moored. During a visit to Wilmington last week, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., called Trump’s proposal a “starting point.”

“I’m concerned with the Coast Guard funding and a few other things,” he said. “But we’ll work through it and then we’ll produce a budget that I think he will be happy with.”


Trump’s budget calls for a $9 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Education — a 13 percent reduction from 2017’s funding. Most of cuts at the K-12 level would come from programs aimed at teacher training and before- and after-school programs. New Hanover County school board chairman Ed Higgins on Monday said he had not reviewed the proposal in detail, but did not expect the cuts to be too deep in Southeastern North Carolina. For example, this year federal funds made up just 7 percent of the district s $256.2 million budget.

Our dealings with the federal government are pretty much limited to Title 1 (funds for high-poverty schools) and food services, Higgins said. I don t think it s going to have a significant impact for us.

But local schools could feel the effects of a presidential plan to enhance school choice. Trump proposes $1.4 billion more for investments in public and private school choice and $250 million for an entirely new choice program — possibly vouchers for families to leave public schools and go to private and charter schools. The budget also calls for a $1 billion increase in Title 1 funding for school districts to offer open enrollment so children can attend the public school of their parents choice. New Hanover County Schools already has so-called open choice enrollment, but Pender and Brunswick schools do not. Arts

Trump took a big swipe at the arts by proposing to to eliminate the entire $148 million National Endowment of the Arts budget.

Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, said she met with Wayne Martin, director of the N.C. Arts Council, on Monday to talk about the potential impact of the cut. The state received $957,300 in grants from the NEA for this federal fiscal year, but no local arts groups received funding, she said. But the Cucalorus Film Festival received $25,000 and the University of North Carolina Wilmington received $10,000 in the 2016 fiscal year. Bellamy said those grants which the Arts Council and other local groups could apply for in the future could be affected by a cut in financial support at the federal level. Still, she is more concerned about a larger sentiment taking hold.

My biggest concern is this let s get tough on the arts notion, Bellamy said. We are already reeling in the downturn in philanthropy in general in this area.

Elderly services

One program that s gotten a lot of attention as everyone digests the president s proposed budget is Meals on Wheels. Some believed the program, which gives hot meals to the elderly, would be affected by cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget. But with most local extensions of the program receiving a mixture of federal, state and local funding, the potential impact is still not known.

What we have been been told is that there are uncertainties in federal funding, said Amber Smith, director of the New Hanover County Senior Resources Center, which oversee Home Deliveries (the local branding for Meals on Wheels). While that impact is not yet known, Smith did say other cuts made in the budget could affect other services the center offers, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program and Senior Community Service Employment program.

If there is a change in funding at the federal level, that is going to trickle down to state and local, she said.

Staff reporters Cammie Bellamy, Tim Buckland, Hunter Ingram and Adam Wagner contributed to this report.

Contact the Metro Desk at 910-343-2217 or [email protected]

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