- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says mental illness and the increased incidence of heroin addiction are among the top issues facing North Carolina, and he wants municipal leaders and local police to work with him on addressing them.

McCrory discussed these and other issues with 200 town and city mayors and other officials Wednesday during a panel discussion at the North Carolina League of Municipalities annual “Town Hall Day” in Raleigh.

McCrory also fielded questions about veterans’ services, economic development and the $2 billion bond package he championed and voters approved in March.

The governor says his priorities for this year’s General Assembly session include funding for mental health services and more efficient use of state buildings.

More than 500 municipal representatives attended the league’s lobbying day.

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