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Archive for March, 2009

NC county leaders win case at US Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Pender County commissioners who sued the state of North Carolina over redistricting.

Monday, the court ruled that a federal civil rights law does not require North Carolina to draw legislative districts in which black residents comprise less than half the voting-age population.

The justices said in a 5-4 decision that such gerrymandering is required only if a district has a numerical majority of black voters.

Current and former county commissioners originally sued in 2004, after lawmakers redrew district lines and split the county based on racial makeup.

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The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Pender County commissioners who sued the state of North Carolina over redistricting.

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UNC clinic helps local woman tackle postpartum depression

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Postpartum depression blindsided Tara Willis. For new mothers, it can happen at any time after the delivery, but symptoms usually become evident in the first two or three months.

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Oak Island would like your thoughts on Yaupon Pier

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Oak Island town leaders want your thoughts on the purchase of the Yaupon Pier.

The Town of Oak Island wants to buy the pier for $1.7 million. So far, they have $800,000 in grants. The town received bids for financing the rest. One bank is offering a ten-year loan for $900,000 at a 4.39 percent interest rate.

If you want to comment on financing the purchase of the pier, the meeting will be at the Oak Island Recreation Center on East Oak Island Drive at 6:00 p.m.

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The Town of Oak Island wants to buy the pier for $1.7 million. So far, they have $800,000 in grants. The town received bids for financing the rest.

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2,100 N.C. sex offenders found, removed from MySpace

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that MySpace provided names, computer IP addresses and e-mail addresses of North Carolina sex offenders who had profiles on the site. Cooper requested similar details from Facebook.

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Backlog on tax returns continue

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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The rough economy is causing tax troubles for North Carolinians.

The state is in the midst of a cash flow problem and it is causing a temporary backlog for people waiting on their tax return.

Amid the shuffling of state funds to fill a more than three billion dollar budget shortfall, there is a shortage of money to pay those tax returns.

State officials said if you are one of the many expecting a state refund, do not worry, you will get it. But instead of taking two weeks, it could take up to six weeks.

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The rough economy is causing tax troubles for North Carolinians. The state is in the midst of a cash flow problem and it is causing a temporary backlog for people waiting on their tax return.

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