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Archive for May, 2009

NC legislator seeks ban on plastic bags on coast

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina legislator wants to ban plastic shopping bags in counties along the Outer Banks, saying they are a trashy eyesore when blowing along beaches.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that the ban is a pilot program being pushed by state Senate leader Marc Basnight, D-Dare. Basnight wants shoppers in Dare, Currituck and Hyde
counties to be given bags made of 100 percent recycled paper.

Basnight says he began using paper bags for takeout orders last week in his Nags Head restaurant. The senator said bags that get out of trash cans pollute the beauty that Outer Banks businesses are promoting to tourists.

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

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A North Carolina legislator wants to ban plastic shopping bags in counties along the Outer Banks, saying they are a trashy eyesore when blowing along beaches.

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Man found on Holden Beach died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to autopsy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The man whose body was found Tuesday morning lying in the sand at Holden Beach took his own life, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.The man was identified as Daniel Anderson, 43, of Hilliard, Ohio, according to a news release from the town of Holden Beach.

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Wilmington man charged with breaking into mother’s house

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A Wilmington man is in jail after his mother told police he broke into her house and went through her purse.At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the woman called 911 to report a breaking and entering at her home on 5518 Bavarian Lane, according to a new release from Deputy Charles G. Smith of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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NC lawmakers trying to get bills in under deadline

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly is working overtime to clear out its files of hundreds of bills before a self-imposed deadline.

The House and Senate scheduled what are expected to be marathon floor sessions Wednesday so that lawmakers can get legislation considered. Legislative leaders require bills unrelated to spending or taxes to pass one chamber by Thursday. Otherwise, the ideas are probably dead until 2011.

Legislation still trying to get in under the wire include one to allow death-row inmates to challenge whether race was a factor in their punishment. Another would allow schools to start classes two weeks earlier than currently allowed. A third would back limits on scorned spouses suing and collecting damages for stolen affection and adultery.

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

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The North Carolina General Assembly is working overtime to clear out its files of hundreds of bills before a self-imposed deadline.

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A Celebration of Hope honors victims of homicide

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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A memorial service honoring victims of homicide took place in downtown Wilmington Tuesday night, called A Celebration of Hope.

The Homicide Family Support Group organized this memorial at First Baptist Church. District Attorney Ben David read off 20 names of homicide victims as family members set flowers in a wreath in their memory.

Amelia Martin helped found this support group after her 19-year-old son Ronnie was beaten to death in 1996.

The families and law enforcement have worked closely together on their respective cases and in helping other families who have been ravaged by violent crime.

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A memorial service honoring victims of homicide took place in downtown Wilmington Tuesday night, called A Celebration of Hope.

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