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Archive for February, 2009

Charlotte mulls higher fees for high water users

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Officials in North Carolina’s largest city are considering a surcharge for high volume water customers during droughts.

The Charlotte Observer reported that city utility director Doug Bean presented the surcharge idea to City Council on Monday. Bean says he’ll come back in six months with a more detailed proposal, but he says having the authority to add a surcharge would help in
future droughts.

City Council increased water rates by 15 percent last year after mandatory water restrictions were imposed in the record-breaking drought. The increase was about twice as much as usual and residents complained about paying higher bills while being banned from watering lawns.

Several council members say imposing a surcharge for big water users would help avoid the sharp rate increases that affect everyone.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials in North Carolina’s largest city are considering a surcharge for high volume water customers during droughts.

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Whale Washes Up in Oak Island

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Humpback whale on Oak Island

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Feds add charge in NC student leader’s slaying

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A man accused in the slaying of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson now faces a federal kidnapping charge.

The man, 22-year-old Demario Atwater, already had been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of carjacking resulting in death, and carrying and using firearms during and in relation to carjacking. Both charges carry a potential death sentence.

A superseding indictment filed on Jan. 30 included the new charge.

Atwater and 18-year-old Laurence Lovette face state murder charges in the March 5 death of 22-year-old Eve Carson of Athens, Ga. She had been shot five times, including once with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Lovette will not face the death penalty in her death because he was under 18 when Carson was killed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A man accused in the slaying of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson now faces a federal kidnapping charge.

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NC auto insurance companies request rate increase

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Auto insurance companies in North Carolina are asking for a 1.4 percent rate increase despite being at odds with the state’s insurance department.

The state Department of Insurance said Monday the North Carolina Rate Bureau has requested the statewide average increase for 2009.

The annual request comes despite the bureau’s appeal of a state order in 2008 to decrease rates by 16.1 percent. Then-Commissioner Jim Long issued the order in September.

Current Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said insurance companies have ignored that decrease and increased their rates 9.4 percent in 2008. It went into effect Jan. 1 but could be overturned by the court system.

Goodwin said he will schedule a hearing for later this year if the Bureau and the department cannot agree on a settlement for the filed rates.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Auto insurance companies in North Carolina are asking for a 1.4 percent rate increase despite being at odds with the state’s insurance department.

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Homebuilder with local projects files for bankruptcy protection

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

St. Lawrence Homes Inc., which has four Wilmington-area projects, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Raleigh-based firm cited weakness in the residential construction and real estate markets in its filing.

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