Press Release

Press Release

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is expanding its renowned Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, known as C-STEP. Richmond Community College students will now have the opportunity to participate in C-STEP and earn guaranteed admission to Carolina. Eligible students can enroll as early as the fall 2021 academic semester.

CONCORD, N.C. – Alongside hundreds of pink shirt-wearing breast cancer survivors, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joined NASCAR Xfinity Series title contenders Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier in painting Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pit wall pink on Wednesday.


The speedway’s sixth Paint Pit Wall Pink event included an array of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees helping the racing dignitaries including Shawna Robinson, a former NASCAR driver and breast cancer survivor, in painting the 1,500-foot pit road wall pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and the importance of early detection.


Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter and NASCAR on FOX personality Hermie Sadler joined the survivors, drivers and volunteers in using 300 paint rollers, 150 brushes and 100 gallons of paint courtesy of Sherwin Williams.


The event featured a special unveil of the pink Toyota Camry XSE pace car for the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ on Sept. 28.


Additionally, Johnson – a longtime Blue Cross and Blue Shield Live Fearless ambassador – presented guest speaker Robin Miller with a commemorative pair of pink gloves identical to the ones the four-time Bank of America fall race winner will wear throughout October. Miller, the vice president of people strategies at Blue Cross North Carolina and a breast cancer survivor, discussed with the crowd the many difficulties breast cancer survivors face throughout their battle.


"It is powerful to share the common bond and understanding that is felt here today," Miller said. "We truly are part of a sisterhood."


Johnson said that Wednesday’s pit wall painting is one of his favorite occasions throughout the year because of the opportunity to meet breast cancer survivors and hear their stories.


"It’s a great event and I’m always glad to be here for it," he added. "I’ve been able to hear so many impactful stories and meet so many survivors. I’m thankful to be able to help spread the word about early detection and awareness."


Reagan Greene Pruitt, the vice president of marketing and community engagement for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, said the event has gained momentum every year.


"We had 400 volunteers, including more than 200 employees who bused in from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham," Pruitt added. "We began this as a small idea of how to use the NASCAR platform and our partnership (with Charlotte Motor Speedway) to do some good and drive positive change. We’ve done just that. It’s inspiring to see what we’ve done together as a team."


 WASHINGTON — Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Georgia, establishment, is recalling approximately 495 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 14:26

NCDOT launches fourth annual customer survey

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has launched the department’s fourth annual customer survey, available here. The department encourages everyone willing to offer feedback to take part. 

RALEIGH — Six agencies doing significant work to help people recovering from Hurricane Florence will receive grants totaling $2 million to further fund their relief efforts. North Carolina Emergency Management, a division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, is awarding the grants using funds provided by the General Assembly in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Act.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has been honored nationally for an initiative started last year to promote investments in multimodal transportation projects.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:31

More accolades for NCDOT drone program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The N.C. Department of Transportation has been honored by a national organization for its pioneering use of drones to respond to hurricanes and deliver medical supplies.

STUART, VA (September 10, 2019) – Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest active NASCAR team and one of the winningest teams in series history, announced today that driver Paul Menard will transition from full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) racing after the 2019 season. Matt DiBenedetto will join the team next season and will race the iconic No. 21 Ford Mustang beginning in 2020.

RALEIGH —The State Board of Elections will conduct regional public demonstrations of newly certified voting systems this month in five locations across North Carolina.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation released today a review conducted by McKinsey & Company of how NCDOT manages multiple funding accounts and expenditures. This review was initiated by the Office of State Budget and Management on May 16 to identify any areas where NCDOT could find efficiencies or improve internal processes.

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