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Archive for May, 2009

Ban on smoking moves to governor’s desk

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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A bill that bans smoking in bars and restaurant in our state is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Today, the State House voted 62-56 to approve changes adopted in the State Senate. More than 30 states have already passed similar restrictions.

The legislation was backed by health advocates, and opposed by lawmakers from areas were tobacco-growing and cigarette factories are big employers. North Carolina is the biggest tobacco- producing state in the country.

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Today, the State House voted 62-56 to approve changes adopted in the State Senate. More than 30 states have already passed similar restrictions.

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Memorial service will honor Matthews, other fallen officers

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A memorial service at the Wilmington Police Department headquarters on Thursday will be especially poignant this year with the recent death of police officer Richard Matthews. The 28-year-old died when his patrol car crashed after speeding to join a pursuit on Feb. 18.

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MeadWesvaco to close NC plant

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – MeadWesvaco says it is closing a plant in North Carolina and shifting production to other facilities.

Henrico County-based MeadWesvaco said Wednesday that its beverage packaging plant in Wilmington, N.C., will be shut down by August. Some equipment will be moved to the company’s plant in Lanette, Ala. About 105 workers will lose their jobs.

MeadWesvaco says the closure is part of a cost management program.

The company had announced in January that it planned to lay off 2,000 employees and close or restructure 12 to 14 production facilities.

MeadWestvaco has been struggling with sharply lower demand for its consumer packaging and office products.

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

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MeadWesvaco says it is closing a plant in North Carolina and shifting production to other facilities.

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Follow-up on body found near Holden Beach Pier

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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There is new information on the body found early Tuesday morning, near the Holden Beach Pier.

Forty-three-year old Ohio resident, Daniel Anderson, was found dead around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, laying face-down on the beach. Autopsy results show Anderson died from a single, self inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

Police will continue to use metal detectors to look for the weapon in the sand. They will begin using dive teams and underwater detectors in case it was washed out to sea.

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There is new information on the body found early Tuesday morning, near the Holden Beach Pier. Forty-three-year old Ohio resident, Daniel Anderson, was found dead around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, laying face-down on the beach.

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Cape Fear Public Utility still undecided on water fees

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

New Hanover CountyWater fees still undecidedWork on budget is slow | Rates are sticking pointBy Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

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