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Morning Memo: McCrory closes Latino outreach office

North Carolina’s Latino advocates are voicing alarm following the governor’s decision to eliminate the state’s office for Latino affairs. The closing of the Office of Hispanic/Latino affairs was sudden and caught many by surprise. The move appears to have exacerbated the already tense relationship between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the Latino community, including criticism over a driver’s license plan for young immigrants.

Advocates says it sends a message that McCrory and Raleigh conservatives are less concerned with the needs of the Latino community. Paradoxically, it comes at a time when issues of deep concerns, like immigration, are at the political forefront and Republicans nationally are trying to appear more welcoming to Latinos.

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Tony Tata keeps the education circuit

Tony Tata is now the state's transportation secretary but he is still speaking an authority on education.

The embattled former Wake County school superintendent will speak to the Woman's Club of Raleigh on Wednesday about "Education and National Defense." Tata is a retired U.S. Army brigadier general. The event starts at 11:15 a.m. at the club.

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