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Archive for March, 2009

Fire threat in coastal N.C. region soars in spring

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A hair-trigger on fires is caused by a mix of warm, dry weather and high winds – a climate which makes March through May the peak season for outdoor fires in Southeastern North Carolina, officials said.

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Tax refunds are on their way according the NC Secretary of Revenue

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Still looking for your North Carolina tax refund? Well it looks like it is on the way. At least that is what North Carolina Secretary of Revenue has told WWAY in a phone interview Thursday.

He said they are running behind a couple of weeks and that, “anyone who is due a refund will get a refund.”

The economy has caused the department to run behind schedule this year. Secretary Kenneth Lay said the department will catch up soon.

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Still looking for your North Carolina tax refund? Well it looks like it is on the way. At least that is what North Carolina Secretary of Revenue has told WWAY in a phone interview Thursday.

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New bill filed for film incentives

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Last week we told you about the effort to raise the state’s film tax incentives, or tax breaks given to film production companies, from 15 to 25 per cent. State Senator Julia Bosmean, a democrat, had filed a bill to do just that.

This week Senate Republican leader Phil Berger filed a bill of his own, leaving the credit at 15 percent and placing a $500,000 cap on the amount of salary money eligible for that tax break.

The bill would also restrict the state from giving tax credits to any movie that is rated NC-17, as well as require producers to provide the state with a copy of the script for review.

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Last week we told you about the effort to raise the state’s film tax incentives, or tax breaks given to film production companies, from 15 to 25 per cent. State Senator Julia Bosmean, a democrat, had filed a bill to do just that.

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Wilmington Residential Facility for Women could be shut down

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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A local women’s correctional facility is in danger of being shut down. Governor Perdue’s proposed budget recommends closing seven minimum-security prisons in North Carolina, including the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women.

“My crime is not something I talk easily about,” said one inmate who went by the name of Alice.

Alice is a convicted felon. She’s serving a sentence of more than five years. She spent two years in a minimum-security prison in Raleigh.

Then in October, she was given work release, and transferred to the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women. “Here, we have a chance to be rehabilitated we have a chance to correct the mistakes in our lives that caused us to be here.”

But the facility’s days may be numbered. Governor Bev Perdue’s budget proposal includes shutting it down, as a way to save money.

“This is not easy for me; 42 years of my life will end if this place closes,” said Laura Overstreet, the superintendent at the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women.

Overstreet said the annual budget is a little more than half a million dollars. The facility houses 36 inmates. Each have a job and the majority work in the community.

They’re not exactly living at the facility for free, either. Out of their paycheck, they pay the state about 18 dollars, for every eight hours they work. “Its not they just give us these things, we have responsibility we work for these things and that gives us, a sense of self,” Alice said.

Similar facilities are located in Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Lexington. If the one in Wilmington closes, inmates will be transferred and face the possibility of not getting a new job.

The General Assembly still has to approve the budget. The Wilmington facility was established in 1976. Inmates must be healthy, have job skills, and have stayed out of trouble in prison for at least three months.

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videoA local women’s correctional facility is in danger of being shut down. Governor Perdue’s proposed budget recommends closing seven minimum-security prisons in North Carolina, including the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women.

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Funds short of meeting Brunswick’s rising demand for libraries

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Of Brunswick’s 19 municipalities, only Oak Island, Shallotte, Southport, Leland and Calabash have county libraries.

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