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Archive for February, 2009

Perdue says stimulus isn’t all she hoped for

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue says the economic stimulus package passed by Congress will quickly put people back to work in North Carolina.

But she said Monday it doesn’t provide everything she had hoped for. Perdue said she would have liked more Medicaid money and more investment for infrastructure, but she said overall she was pleased to get some aid.

The Democratic chief executive said she is putting together a panel to oversee the spending of the stimulus money. Perdue said she is lining up projects so the money can be used quickly.

She said she wants North Carolina to invest so quickly and efficiently that the state might be able to get a second chance at more money from the stimulus package.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says the economic stimulus package passed by Congress will quickly put people back to work in North Carolina.

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County commissioners give Southeastern its two million dollars

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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At their meeting Monday, New Hanover County Commissioners voted to give the Southeastern Center for Mental Health its two million dollars.

That means many mental health services that were in jeopardy will now be funded for the rest of the budget year.

Southeastern handed that money over to the county several years ago toward a joint public and mental health facility; then came the financial crisis and they wanted the money back.

County commissioners would not return it until they were confident the agency had a sound financial plan.

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Southeastern handed that money over to the county several years ago toward a joint public and mental health facility; then came the financial crisis and they wanted the money back.

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Garrett Perdue rejoining prestigious NC law firm

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue’s son is returning to one of North Carolina’s most prestigious law firms.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice said Tuesday that Garrett Perdue will work on economic development projects in Raleigh and perform federal lobbying for the firm’s clients in Washington.

He’ll work on economic development issues at the firm with former Gov. Jim Hunt, a political mentor of his mother.

Garrett Perdue used to be an associate at the firm before joining a real estate company and working on his mother’s gubernatorial campaign for the past two years.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue’s son is returning to one of North Carolina’s most prestigious law firms.

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Pender planner promotes diversity

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Burgaw | The vice chairwoman of Pender County’s planning board resigned at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting to clear the way for possible appointment of a black man to make the board more racially diverse.

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Perdue seeks to double size of NC biotech industry

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue wants North Carolina to become the nation’s biotechnology leader.

Perdue spoke at a biotechnology conference Monday in Raleigh. She said she wants to see the state’s industry more than double in size during her first term and grow from $45 billion per year to $100 billion per year.

She said business could include new energy and advances in medicine.

North Carolina is already the third largest state for biotechnology, but Perdue said she’d like to pass California and Massachusetts to become the national leader.

The governor spoke at a conference held by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue wants North Carolina to become the nation’s biotechnology leader.

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