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Archive for May, 2009

Monkey Junction annexation could face legal tests

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The Raleigh-based N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law plans to look into whether the rights of residents were violated during the Monkey Junction annexation process.

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Could the gas tax go up?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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North Carolina’s gasoline tax could go up under a bill moving its way through the Senate.

The current tax, 29.9 cents a gallon, has been the highest allowed by state law since 2006, following Hurricane Katrina.

To boost revenues, the Senate is proposing to make 29.9 cents the minimum rate, instead of the maximum.

A final Senate vote could come next week.

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North Carolina’s gasoline tax could go up under a bill moving its way through the Senate.
To boost revenues, the Senate is proposing to make 29.9 cents the minimum rate, instead of the maximum.

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Sweet exhibit: Chocolate on display at NC museum

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Who needs a candy story when you can get your fill of chocolate at the Museum.

An exhibit opens Friday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh titled “Chocolate: The Exhibition.”

The exhibition starts in the rain forest with the cacao tree, whose seeds provide chocolate, then explains what chocolate meant to the ancients Maya civilization nearly 1,500 years ago.

In the 16th century, cacao seeds were so valuable that they were used as money in the Aztec civilization of 16-century Mexico. The exhibition moves through chocolate’s introduction into European society and explains how chocolate became a mass-produced commodity for the world.

The exhibit opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 7. The Field Museum in Chicago developed and housed the exhibit in 2002.

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

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Who needs a candy story when you can get your fill of chocolate at the Museum.

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Marine base breaks ground on barracks for wounded

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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CAMP LEJEUNE — A Marine Corps base in North Carolina is breaking ground on a new wounded warrior barracks, one of four future facilities that will make up its Wounded Warrior Complex.

Gen. James F. Amos, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, is scheduled to attend Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Lejeune. The $25 million construction project will be built near the base’s naval hospital, and will feature 100 two-man rooms with a living area and kitchenette, fitness and physical therapy rooms and private counselor rooms.

Officials said the barracks are meant to provide wounded Marines a “place to not only rehabilitate but also adjust to life in a compassionate environment.”

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

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A Marine Corps base in North Carolina is breaking ground on a new wounded warrior barracks, one of four future facilities that will make up its Wounded Warrior Complex.

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Perdue names 4 to board overseeing NC schools

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue wants an attorney and longtime school counselor on North Carolina’s Board of Education.

Perdue said she appointed Reginald Kenan of Duplin County and Christine Greene of High Point to the state’s governing panel for the public schools.

Kenan owns a law practice and serves on the Duplin County school board. Greene has worked as a Guilford County high school counselor and led the Guilford Institute for Leadership Development.

Perdue also announced Thursday the reappointments of board members Tricia Willoughby of Raleigh and Wayne McDevitt of Marshall to eight-year terms.

Three of the four appointments must be confirmed by the General Assembly. Greene’s appointment does not because she is filling out a term.

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Gov. Beverly Perdue wants an attorney and longtime school counselor on North Carolina’s Board of Education.

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