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Archive for March, 2009

NC, SC homes sold at weekend auction

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — More than 500 foreclosed homes from North and South Carolina have been auctioned for amounts that were far below their original asking prices.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the weekend auction included some properties that were sold for less than half their previous asking prices.

More than 1,000 people attended the auction Saturday and watched as pictures of the houses were flashed on a screen.

Property being sold ranged from houses valued at less than $100,000 to those that once were valued in the million-dollar range.

The Observer said its analysis showed foreclosure filings last year were up nearly 9 percent across North Carolina.

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

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More than 500 foreclosed homes from North and South Carolina have been auctioned for amounts that were far below their original asking prices.

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Man arrested in 10 New Hanover break-ins

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Wilmington police arrested Andre Kennedy, 43, of Wilmington, in January on charges involving break-ins at several businesses in Wilmington. Arrested again Friday, Kennedy has been charged with 10 more cases.

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Poll: Half of NC adults oppose marriage amendment

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — About half of North Carolina adults oppose a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, as the state continues to separate itself from its Southern peers.

An Elon University poll released Monday found that 50.4 percent of respondents oppose or strongly oppose such an amendment. More than 43 percent of those in the survey said they would support or strongly support it.

Voters in every Southern state except North Carolina have approved state constitutional amendments restricting marriage to a union between one man and one woman.

Democratic leaders in North Carolina argue that state law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters say an amendment would provide stronger protections for traditional marriage.

The Elon poll surveyed 620 North Carolina residents from March 15 to March 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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

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About half of North Carolina adults oppose a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, as the state continues to separate itself from its Southern peers.

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Fayetteville school to confiscate cell phones

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — Cell phones will be confiscated from students at a Fayetteville school at the start of the day after teachers caught them texting test answers twice this year.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the ban at Fayetteville Christian School takes effect on Tuesday.

School headmaster Tammi Peters told parents in an e-mail that students will put their cell phones into plastic food bags marked with their name at the start of the school day. The bags will be collected and stored in the office, and students can reclaim their phones by revisiting their first-period teachers before leaving the building.

Approximately 370 students will be affected by the ban. Those who violate it will be assigned a Saturday work day at the school and a $25 fine. Recurring offenders could be suspended.

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

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Cell phones will be confiscated from students at a Fayetteville school at the start of the day after teachers caught them texting test answers twice this year.

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Judge orders state to reconsider increases in Beach Plan charges

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

A Wake County judge has ordered the state’s new insurance commissioner to reconsider deductible and surcharge increases for coastal homeowners in the state insurance pool called the Beach Plan.

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