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Morning Memo: McCrory speaking at education meeting

Gov. Pat McCrory will be seeing red this morning. The governor is speaking at 8:30 at the NC Chamber of Commerce Education meeting. At least one group plans to greet him there. Durham Alllies for Responsive Education sent out a message calling on supporters of teachers to show up at the Sheraton on Europa Drive Chapel Hill. Their note: "Let's show him what we think about larger class sizes, fewer TAs, no textbooks, higher tuition, big cuts and school vouchers." They've called on supporters to wear red to "stand with our teachers."

It's Thursday and we can't wait to see what the governor's staff is baking today. Perhaps a pie? Welcome to Dome's Morning Memo.

NO SMOKING: Hey kids, don't try to buy an e-cig today. The new law banning their sale to minors is now in effect. And retailers don't chance it: The fine can be as high as $1,000. Officers with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement are charged with enforcement.

HELP WANTED: Just seven months into his administration and Gov. Pat McCrory is going through resumes again. Wednesday was Kieran Shanahan's last day as head of the Department of Public Safety Shanahan. His abrupt resignation last week to return to his law practice in Raleigh didn't give McCrory time to have a replacement ready in the wings for an orderly transition. Also needed: a new chief operating officer to replace Edward "Sonny" Masso, who resigned on the same day.

Meanwhile, over at the Department of Health and Human resources Aldona Wos is busy looking for a new state health director after Dr. Laura Gerald turned in her resignation. Gerald cited "differences and disagreements" over the agency's policies. The next day DHHS shut down an abortion clinic in Asheville, the third since May. DHHS officials said Gerald's resignation was not connected to the closing of the clinic. Full story.

TRUST ISSUES: Worried that NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, wouldn't defend some of the state's new laws, the GOP-controlled General Assembly passed a bill allowing the House Speaker and the Senate president pro teem to intervene in lawsuits. Full story.

MORE TRUST ISSUES: Valeria Lee, chair of the Rural Economic Development Center, has resigned — two weeks after the governor said she should leave. Full story.

SAUNDERS' WEIGHS IN: Barry Saunders has some advice for the governor when it comes to dealing with angry women. Full story.

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