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Archive for April, 2009

Attorney General Roy Cooper undecided on Senate seat

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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Roy Cooper is still undecided about a political post, beyond attorney general. Republican Senator Richard Burr is up for re-election next year. So far, his seat remains unchallenged.

In a recent poll of nearly one thousand voters across the state, Attorney General Cooper, a Democrat, leads Burr by four points in a hypothetical Senate race. NewsChannel3 asked Cooper if he will run for Burr’s Senate seat. “No, I have not made a decision on that. I want to serve the people of North Carolina and just need to determine the best way to do that.”

Behind Cooper, Congressman Mike McIntyre is the closest Democrat in the polling.

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Roy Cooper is still undecided about a political post, beyond attorney general. Republican Senator Richard Burr is up for re-election next year. So far, his seat remains unchallenged.

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Perdue cuts pay of state employees, teachers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has cut the pay of all state employees and teachers by half a percent.

Perdue signed an executive order Tuesday that says employees will receive 10 hours of flexible time off in exchange for the loss in pay. She said says the move will save $65 million this year, although that’s relatively small compared to the $3 billion budget shortfall the state now expects to see this year.

Perdue said in a statement she also has identified ways to close the remaining budget gap. She said that will include more special funds, tapping the state’s Savings Reserve Account and using federal recovery dollars.

The Democrat said the economic crisis has forced her “to make difficult decisions.”

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

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has cut the pay of all state employees and teachers by half a percent.

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Wilmington restaurant a finalist in N.C. “Best Dish” competition

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Catch of Wilmington is among the 19 restaurants selected to compete this summer for Best Dish in North Carolina honors through a competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Goodness Grows in North Carolina program and Our State magazine. The restaurants are divided to compete in either the fine or casual…

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Snakes safe from NHC Animal Control

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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New Hanover County Animal Control provides a slew of services, mainly for dogs, cats, and anything to do with rabies exposure. But they don’t handle snakes because snakes don’t carry rabies.

This became an issue Tuesday morning in Wilmington when a snake was found right outside one of the Head Start programs in the Creekwood neighborhood.

The Head Start director called NHC Animal Control, but all they could do was refer them to a private animal removal company.

”We had to take it into our hands. One of our staff members was able to kill the snake himself and this was very unexpected seeing a snake hang from the roof,” said Gabriella Singleton of Head Start.

Nobody was hurt and the children never saw the snake.

All snake requests that get called into New Hanover County Animal Control are referred to Wildlife Removal Services, a private company that charges a fee, but plenty of folks with animal emergencies are happy to pay them for their time.

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New Hanover County Animal Control provides a slew of services, mainly for dogs, cats, and anything to do with rabies exposure. But they don’t handle snakes because snakes don’t carry rabies.

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Associated poll

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Senior centers consolidating

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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The New Hanover County senior nutrition program provides meals for adults over the age of 60. Each meal contains one-third of the needed daily nutrients. But starting Friday, there will be fewer places they can get these meals.

New Hanover County currently has three nutrition program sites; Castle Hayne, downtown Wilmington, and South College Road.

As of Friday there will only be one, the center at South College and Shipyard. This is part of the county’s effort to balance the budget.

About 40 seniors take advantage of the programs at the Riverside Park site in Castle Hayne. Once the sites close the county will provide a shuttle service to the center at College Road.

But the seniors are split over whether or not they’re willing to make the trip.

“I won’t be going to the other center because I don’t like to go across town,” said Iris Murray of Castle Hayne.

“I’m glad that I’m going to the other senior center, that I get out of the house and enjoy a little bit,” said Mabel Nielsen.

Department of Aging Director Ann Crumpton hopes the seniors continue to take advantage of the program because it’s about more than just eating healthy. “When we think of a meal, yes the meal is important, but the socialization is equally as important.”

Volunteer Kathy Dombroski said moving the program means leaving the local communities. “They’re living there, they’re identifying with what’s going on. Whatever is happening in that community they share a common bond about that and I feel like that’s important.”

As important as a healthy meal.

New Hanover County will not cut meal home delivery for seniors, although some are worried they won’t get the same attention.

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videoThe New Hanover County senior nutrition program provides meals for adults over the age of 60. Each meal contains one-third of the needed daily nutrients. But starting Friday, there will be fewer places they can get these meals.

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