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Archive for April, 2009

NC to test suspected cases of swine flu

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials are investigating several specimens gathered from suspected cases of swine flu in the state.

Health officials hope to determine Tuesday whether there are any “probable” cases within North Carolina. Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, said Monday there were a handful of suspected cases in sporadic locations, linked to people who recently traveled.

Engel said officials likely wouldn’t be able to officially confirm whether the cases are swine flu until Wednesday. He said nobody has been hospitalized but the patients with suspected infections have been ordered to stay home.

Federal health officials have confirmed 40 cases in the United States – in New York, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California.

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North Carolina health officials are investigating several specimens gathered from suspected cases of swine flu in the state.

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Special grand jury meets on NC police department

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — A special grand jury has delivered results to a judge in the investigation of a North Carolina police department, but the judge has sealed the documents from public view.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Tuesday that the grand jury looking into the Spring Lake Police Department met on Monday for about 1½ hours. Judge E. Lynn Johnson ordered information from the panel to be sealed.

Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis told Spring Lake Police Chief A.C. Brown earlier this month that he planned to asked the grand jury to consider indictments. But there was no mention of what indictments would cover.

The county sheriff has handled felony investigations in the town since July 2007.

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

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Man arrested again in Kings Grant break-in

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Monday for a second time on charges of breaking into a home in the Kings Grant area of Wilmington, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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North Carolina county owes more than $26 million in taxes

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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The most populous county in North Carolina said residents owe more than $26 million in 2008 taxes. Many delinquent taxpayers said the poor economy is the reason they can not pay.

Mecklenburg County has run an ad in the Charlotte Observer listing more than 28,000 overdue tax bills. The taxes are owed on houses, land, business equipment and personal property such as cars or boats.

The county’s tax collector said the taxes are the county’s largest revenue source. Mecklenberg County is facing a nearly $80 million shortfall in next year’s budget.

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The most populous county in North Carolina said residents owe more than $26 million in 2008 taxes. Many delinquent taxpayers said the poor economy is the reason they can not pay.

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Opt-out policy for school districts that use corporal punishment

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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The State House of Representatives wants school districts that use corporal punishment to provide an opt-out policy to parents. The legislation cleared the House Monday.

The bill requires school officials to attempt to contact a parent before such punishment is used. Spanking also will not be administered to a student if a parent has asked in writing it not be done.

Fewer than half of the 115 districts allow corporal punishment. Pender County is the only one in our area that allows corporal punishment of students.

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The State House of Representatives wants school districts that use corporal punishment to provide an opt-out policy to parents. The legislation cleared the House Monday.

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