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  • RALEIGH, N.C. (12/23/13)--The North Carolina Credit Union League is teaming up with the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives in January to hold an educational seminar for political candidates.  It is part of the Credit Union National Association's campaign school program established in 2001. The North Carolina cooperative groups say they are offering the non-partisan "Campaign Academy" to potential candidates who want to learn about effective strategy. Topics discussed by the academy include fundraising, campaign finance laws, communications, cost and grassroots campaigning. The courses are scheduled to be held in Rocky Mount on Jan. 28, Fayetteville on Jan. 29 and Hickory on Jan. 30.  CUNA has said a main goal of the campaign schools is to give first-time candidates an overview of how to put together an effective campaign and ultimately to send a message to the candidates that credit unions are sophisticated when it comes to politics and elections ...
  • SEATTLE (12/23/13)--Verity CU announced last week that it has hired Mollye Taylor to be its new "Verity Mom" blogger. Taylor was picked for the job after an application process that required videos, blog posts, interviews and two rounds of online voting. Thirty-five women applied. Taylor has been given a $20,000 one-year contract for the part-time job, a MacBook Pro laptop, an iPod Touch and a video camera to reach out to other local mothers. She has been blogging at, a website launched in 2009, and took over from incumbent Verity Mom, Danielle Gahl, in November. Verity CU is based in Seattle, Wash., and has over $365 million in assets ...
  • ARLINGTON, Texas (12/23/13)--A man who allegedly robbed Educational Employees CU was given a taste of his own medicine just minutes later, according to police. Larry Poulos of Arlington, Texas, reportedly handed a teller a deposit slip with "bomb" written on the back. After he allegedly stole $5,000 in cash and fled to his apartment, Poulos' neighbors claimed they saw two large men walk into his dwelling and leave with the money. When police arrived on the scene, they said Poulos was wearing the same shirt seen on Education Employees' surveillance videos and noted that he was bleeding from the head. Poulos and his roommate told law enforcement that Poulos had been robbed (Huffington Post Dec. 19). The roommate also reportedly told the police that Poulos had detailed his plans to rob a bank a few days earlier. Poulos has been charged by federal prosecutors with robbery. The men who allegedly victimized him have not been caught. Poulos' roommate was detained because of an outstanding unrelated warrant for his arrest. Educational Employees CU is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and has about $1.46 billion in assets ...


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