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Archive for March, 2009

NC authorities capture inmate who fled courthouse

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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COLUMBUS — Authorities have captured a North Carolina inmate who fled from a courthouse before a sentencing hearing last week.

State Department of Correction officials said Stephen Taylor was apprehended Friday morning at a home in Columbus, about 40 miles south of Asheville.

The 43-year-old Taylor ran from the Polk County courthouse March 11, where he was to be sentenced as a habitual felon. He was already serving an 18-month sentence at the Lumberton Correctional Institution for speeding to elude arrest and failure to heed lights and siren.

Officials said Taylor has been transported to the Marion Correctional Institution, and will be back in court on Friday.

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

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Authorities have captured a North Carolina inmate who fled from a courthouse before a sentencing hearing last week.

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NC Supreme Court keeps lottery law in place

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Education Lottery can still operate after the state Supreme Court deadlocked over whether the votes creating the games were lawful.

Three of the seven justices agreed Friday the lottery law was unconstitutional and three others upheld the law. A seventh justice had rescued himself from the case and did not vote.

The 3-3 decision means a lower court ruling that rejected the claim challenging the law remains in place.

Taxpayers and advocacy groups sued before the first tickets were sold in March 2006, arguing that the General Assembly didn’t pass the lottery legislation properly in 2005. They said the state constitution required the House and Senate to each hold two separate votes on separate days. Each chamber only took one day.

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

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The North Carolina Education Lottery can still operate after the state Supreme Court deadlocked over whether the votes creating the games were lawful.

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‘Troubled’ Wilmington-based bank must raise $25 million

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Cooperative Bankshares Inc. needs to raise $25 million of additional capital to comply with a cease-and-desist order and an agreement with federal and state bank regulators, according to a filing by the bank with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The proud poseur: Wilkes illustrates many faces in his latest memoir

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Paul Wilkes was just back home from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. It was Thursday, his turn as a lay “extraordinary minister” to carry Holy Communion to Roman Catholic patients who cannot attend a regular Mass.

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Back Then: Movie star to serve as azalea queen in March 1959

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Debra Paget was to rule over the 1959 Azalea Festival as Queen Azalea XII. Her movie credits included “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston and “Love Me Tender” with Elvis Presley.

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