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Archive for April, 2009

AAA Carolinas: Gas prices to stabilize for Easter

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

AAA Carolinas says gasoline prices in Carolinas have stabilized and aren’t likely to increase dramatically during the Easter holiday weekend.

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Family entertainment center under construction in Shallotte

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Planet Fun will offer bowling, laser tag, blacklight miniature golf, bumper cars, an indoor soft playground, a video arcade, party rooms and more, the developer said.

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Prosecutor: NC fires set to discourage Hispanics

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — A North Carolina prosecutor says four men who have been charged with burning vacant houses in east Winston-Salem wanted to prevent Hispanics from moving into the structures.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that two of the men pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including burning a building. Another was scheduled to plead guilty Thursday.

Prosecutor Drew Cochran said the men “didn’t like Hispanics moving in,” so went to the houses to smoke marijuana and then set them on fire. Their accounts differed as to who set the fires.

One man who pleaded guilty to burning a building was sentenced to 12 to 15 months in prison under a plea deal. The other was sentenced to probation.

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

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A North Carolina prosecutor says four men who have been charged with burning vacant houses in east Winston-Salem wanted to prevent Hispanics from moving into the structures.

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Could placing a tax on sugared beverages help fight obesity?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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American children currently drink more sweetened beverages than they do milk. This is partly due to economics. Soda is cheaper and more widely available than milk. So some experts are suggesting a way to level the playing field – place a large tax on sugared beverages.

High taxes on cigarettes have helped curb smoking rates, and now states such as Maine and New York are considering a similar move to reduce soda consumption.

Studies consistently show that people who drink sweetened beverages tend to weigh more, consume more calories, and have a higher risk for diabetes. Taxing soda and similar drinks by 10 percent could cut consumption by 10 percent.

Education alone is not working. The only way to get people to stop drinking so many of their calories is to hit them in their pocketbooks, the policy experts say. But the companies are fighting back with economics as well. Pepsico is considering moving their headquarters out of New York State if the proposed sugared beverage tax goes forward.

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What is the best way to fight obesity? Some public health experts claim a large tax on sugared beverages may be the single most effective way to get Americans to cut calories.

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NC House approves school bus camera law

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina House has approved an effort to increase the prosecution of drivers who pass stopped school buses.

The legislation, which passed 115-0 on Wednesday and was sent to the Senate, was named for 16-year-old Nicholas Adkins of Stoneville in Rockingham County. A 60-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to three years of probation for passing a stopped school bus and killing Adkins.

Judy Earlene Stilwell had a clean record before passing the school bus which had its lights on and stop sign extended.

The bill would let school districts install cameras on stop arms that extend from parked school buses, and allow the resulting photos to be used in prosecuting violators.

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

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The North Carolina House has approved an effort to increase the prosecution of drivers who pass stopped school buses.

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