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Archive for May, 2009

Women with loved one in prison form strong bonds

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

It’s expensive to have a son or husband in prison. It’s nerve-wracking, time-consuming and embarrassing. Guilt is a constant companion.I learned that sitting in on a session of Prison Families of North Carolina. Brenda Garrison formed the group with the assistance of Joe Leblanc, a therapist at Delta Behavioral Health.

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Local reaction to postage increase

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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People stand in line for the strangest reasons. On Monday, postal lines were a bit longer than usual due to the price jump of a first class stamp from 42 to 44 cents.

“I’m going to have to stock up on those tiny two cent stamps and plaster them across my envelopes to make everything more complicated,” said Julia Pleasants.

Chris Hayes added, “I don’t really mail anything anyway. I’m a digital guy. I can’t even remember the last time I mailed anything in the mail so I don’t see how it will affect me, but I’m sure it’ll affect others.”

This is the third straight year rates have gone up in May. Annual increases are allowed as long as the increase does not exceed the rate of inflation for the year before. That does not seem to matter to some postal customers. “I think it’s bad. I think it’s ridiculous. It’s because the government is so broke,” said Jacob Darvin.

The postal service lost nearly 3 billion dollars last year. It is already over 2 billion dollars in the hole just halfway through this year.

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videoThe US Post Office is now charging us two more cents for a first class stamp. WWAY’s John Rendleman has more on the postage increase.

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Body found on Holden Beach

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Holden Beach police are investigating a body found on the beach strand early Tuesday morning, and officers said they have little information.The body was found in the sand just west of the Holden Beach Pier by a member of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol who was checking for sea turtle nests, said Brunswick County Coroner Greg White.

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Traffic plan to ease congestion during Brunswick-to-Wilmington commute is first of its kind

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s recent attempt at congestion management on U.S. 17/74/76 in Brunswick County is unprecedented in the state, and it’s unclear whether it’ll yield positive results.

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NC lawmakers examine easing coastal insurance rate

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina coastal homeowners saddled this spring with huge increases in their insurance premiums, deductibles and surcharges are seeking help from state lawmakers.

A state Senate committee on Tuesday considers a bill that would temporarily freeze the increased insurance costs. Residents along the North Carolina coast are facing homeowners insurance premium increases of up to 30 percent.

Also Tuesday, a House judiciary committee will consider a bill that would stop any surpluses collected by the state-backed insurance pool called the Beach Plan from being distributed back to the insurance companies that paid into the fund.

Behind closed doors, legislative leaders are crafting a deal between coastal interests and the insurance industry.

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

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North Carolina coastal homeowners saddled this spring with huge increases in their insurance premiums, deductibles and surcharges are seeking help from state lawmakers.

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