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Archive for March, 2009

Sen. Boseman’s bill takes aim at Titan cement plant

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

State Sen. Julia Boseman has filed a bill to impose a moratorium on cement plants in North Carolina until September 2010.While the bill filed Thursday in the Senate is intended generally for all cement plants, it clearly takes aim at Titan America’s plans to build a plant in Castle Hayne.

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NC coalition holds meeting on paid sick days

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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DURHAM — A coalition campaigning for paid sick days for all North Carolina workers will hold a town hall meeting on the issue in Durham.

The NC Paid Sick Days coalition will hold the meeting Thursday night at the Durham Public Library. Other meetings are planned later this month and in April in Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and Asheville. In late April, meetings will be held in Greenville, Wilmington, and Charlotte.

More than 30 groups are part of the coalition, which wants the state to guarantee workers throughout the state up to a maximum of seven paid sick days annually.

It supports a bill in the state House of Representatives called the Health Families and Healthy Workplaces Act that would ensure workers have paid sick time.

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

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A coalition campaigning for paid sick days for all North Carolina workers will hold a town hall meeting on the issue in Durham.

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WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives and their priorities

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Every member of Congress has different priorities; different issues they focus on during their service. For Congressman Mike McIntyre, taking care of our nation’s veterans is at the top of the list. That is why he pushed for a Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic in Wilmington.

“That patient clinic has been so successful we want to see it expand, and we’re on the verge of that happening,” said McIntyre.

McIntyre is also looking at the possibility of a Veterans Center in Wilmington that will offer more services; even as a new clinic in Brunswick County is scheduled to open in the next few years.

McIntyre also wants to protect southeastern North Carolina’s tourism industry. He continues to support funding for maintenance and dredging for the Intracoastal Waterway and the Port of Wilmington, as well as re-nourishing our beaches. “We’ve got to keep that viable,” said Congressman McIntyre. “We’ve got to keep it vibrant, and we’ve got to keep the vitality of the coast.”

With Kay Hagan’s election, North Carolina now has seats on both sides of the aisle in the US Senate. But both she and Richard Burr say when it comes to what’s best for the Tar Heel state, they will stand together.

“We’ll look for those opportunities to make the imprint of North Carolina’s importance in legislation in the future,” said Senator Burr.

Last week the senators joined together to cosponsor a bill creating a new agency to regulate tobacco, instead of leaving it to the FDA, which Hagan says already has too much to do. “I think we all know it’s unsafe, but this new regulation would focus at primarily children smoking and having a lot of information on a pack as to the unsafe nature,” she said.

Republican Burr said his priorities mesh well with the democratic White House; focusing on healthcare reform and fixing education. Burr also said the country is long past the point where it needs a new energy policy. He said we must make a shift to building more nuclear plants and tapping into wind, solar and geothermal energy. “And, yes, that means going off the shore of North Carolina, South Carolina, the east coast, the west coast, trying to see can we, in an environmentally safe way, tap resources that are ours,” he said.

Senator Hagan also said she wants to make sure North Carolina is represented on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, where she said a seat has been left open since 1994.

Part One – WWAY Goes to Washington: Who represents us in Congress
Part Two – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives discuss the stimulus plan
Part Three – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives and their priorities

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videoThis week we have heard from our representatives in Congress about what they do and what they think about the federal economic stimulus plan. But what else are they working on for you in Washington?

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NC officials investigate missing charity money

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Officials in a North Carolina county say two employees have been suspended in the investigation of $110,000 missing from a children’s charity.

The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that officials said they would improve oversight of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services’ Giving Tree program.

The program solicits donations to provide Christmas gifts for foster children.

Officials said this week that two employees had been suspended with pay while the investigation continues, but wouldn’t say who was the focus of the probe.

DSS Director Mary Wilson says officials are trying to determine if the workers used donations for personal benefit.

County Commissioner Bill James says the donations should be refunded if wrongdoing is discovered.

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

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Officials in a North Carolina county say two employees have been suspended in the investigation of $110,000 missing from a children’s charity.

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Motorcycle, 2-car accident closes lane of Military Cutoff Road

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

One lane was closed on Military Cutoff Road for an hour and a half Thursday morning after a three-vehicle accident sent two people to the hospital.

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