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Archive for May, 2009

First tropical depression beats start of hurricane season

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The first tropical system of 2009 – beating the June 1 start of hurricane season by a few days – has formed off the northern Outer Banks.

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New Hanover County fire chief seeks tax increase

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall wants to respond quicker to emergencies. But improving that service will cost money.

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NC bank commission wants funds for bonuses

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Bank Commission paid nearly $500,000 in bonuses to its employees last year and is asking legislators to provide money for more this year.

Employees of the commission are exempt from state salary rules. Deputy Commissioner Mark Pearce says the commission uses the bonuses to attract employees to work in bank regulation. Private firms and federal regulators pay more and Pearce said the bonuses are important.

But a legislator who leads the subcommittee that oversees the commission says it’s a bad year to be handing out state employee bonuses when most are getting pay cuts.

The bank commission regulates state-chartered banks, mortgage brokers and check-cashing businesses.

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

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The North Carolina Bank Commission paid nearly $500,000 in bonuses to its employees last year and is asking legislators to provide money for more this year.

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AAA Carolinas shows dangers of texting and driving

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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CONCORD, N.C. — AAA Carolinas wants to show the dangers of texting while driving with a demonstration of what it’s like behind the wheel.

The organization’s Foundation for Traffic Safety will offer golf cart rides Thursday on a driving range at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Organizers will provide a behind-the-wheel live test involving both talking and texting while driving.

A bicyclist who survived an accident involving a texting driver also will speak at the event.

Legislation to ban North Carolina drivers from writing text messages and e-mails is gaining momentum in the Senate. A judiciary committee passed a House bill May 19.

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

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AAA Carolinas wants to show the dangers of texting while driving with a demonstration of what it’s like behind the wheel.

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Retail Details – New store satisfies cupcake cravings

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Coastal Cupcakes, which has been selling its confections on Princess Street in downtown Wilmington since July, has opened a second location just before the bridge to Wrightsville Beach.

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