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Archive for May, 2009

Leland falls behind in battle over water

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Bob Jones says politics got in the way of his agency’s relationship with a big client, and now he’s looking to bury the hatchet.

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Hagan seeks answers on Lejeune water contamination

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Sen. Kay Hagan says she is working to get answers about past water contamination at a North Carolina Marine base.

Federal health officials said two weeks ago that they were withdrawing a 1997 assessment of health effects from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune because of omissions and scientific inaccuracy. The past statement had said that the chemicals posed little or no cancer risk to people at Camp Lejeune.

Hagan will hold a conference call Wednesday to discuss her efforts to determine what caused the data gaps.

Health officials now believe that as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

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

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Sen. Kay Hagan says she is working to get answers about past water contamination at a North Carolina Marine base.

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Most NC judges agree to voluntary pay cut

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Officials say most judges in North Carolina have agreed to voluntary pay cuts like those being imposed on state employees.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday that state judicial officials said 368 of the state’s 396 judges agreed to the 0.5 percent salary cut.

Gov. Beverly Perdue imposed a pay cut on state employees to help trim a growing budget deficit.

The state Administrative Office of the Courts said four judges said they would give back the half percent but not by payroll deduction.

North Carolina’s Constitution protects judges against reduction in pay while they are on the bench, but other court personnel’s pay isn’t protected.

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

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Officials say most judges in North Carolina have agreed to voluntary pay cuts like those being imposed on state employees.

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Oak Island mayor drops forced annexation

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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The Long Beach corridor between Highway 211 and the Oak Island Bridge is a target for Oak Island annexation; at least it was prior to Tuesday night. In an abrupt turnabout, Mayor Johnnie Vereen made a proposal to drop the forced annexation.

Town council member Jeff Ensminger claims he was not notified and he said the whole thing reeks of dirty politics. “You told me this would put a blue ribbon on our cap for Oak Island. Well I’m telling you now that this reeks of politics. That’s all this is,” said Ensminger. ” I’m telling you that annexation is a good idea and I don’t like dirty politics, which is what you just pulled. That’s exactly what it was.”

After a 4-to-1 vote, forced annexation is off the table in Oak Island. The mayor explains why, “This is a way to give the people in the forced annexation areas a vote on whether they want to participate in annexation or not and I think that’s important and obviously most of the council agreed with me.”

Mayor Vereen said this will affect 1,600 hundred people, and he challenges all the other cities and towns in the Tar Heel state to do the same. “I started the process here,” he said. “I’ve set the bar. It is the right thing for the right reason.”

Jeff Ensminger disagrees.

Vereen said he does not want their neighbors to worry about the Town of Oak Island. If they want to be annexed, he said the town will welcome them with open arms.

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videoOak Island has been in the process of trying to annex about 1,600 people. Tuesday night, in a surprising change of direction, Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen has challenged all the cities in the state to abandon forced annexation.

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Wilmington beverage packaging plant to close, eliminating 105 jobs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. – MeadWestvaco says it is closing its Wilmington beverage packaging plant and that about 105 workers will lose their jobs.

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