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Archive for June, 2009

2 killed in plane crash near western NC airport

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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PENROSE, N.C. — Two men have died after their single-engine airplane crashed a few miles from an airport in western North Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported the plane came down near the Transylvania County Airport near Brevard late Monday afternoon.

Airport owner Ken Allison says the pilot was maneuvering to land the plane in overcast weather. Transylvania County emergency services director Kevin Shook says the plane appeared to be trying to turn when it crashed on a dirt road.

The victims’ names have not been released. Federal officials were investigating.

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

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Two men have died after their single-engine airplane crashed a few miles from an airport in western North Carolina.

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Hundreds protest proposed NC school funding cuts

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — Hundreds of parents crammed into a hot high school gym to protest proposed education budget cuts.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday that about 1,000 people packed into the corners of a school gymnasium southwest of Asheville to protest statewide cuts of teachers and school
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Proposed cuts could increase average class size by two students and eliminate more than 6,000 teachers’ jobs across the state.

Parents questioned whether the state was spending money wisely and urged legislators to raise taxes. Some wore red to protest budget-cutting.

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

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Hundreds of parents crammed into a hot high school gym to protest proposed education budget cuts.

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House gives final approval on gas tax

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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As taxes could go up, the state’s gasoline tax likely will not go down next month. The House Monday night gave final approval to a Senate measure that would turn the current 29.9 cent cap on the gas tax to the minimum.

That means the tax would remain at least that high through the middle of 2011. The gas tax had been expected to go down two cents July 1st.

Under the new law, the tax will still be readjusted twice a year based on the wholesale price of gas.

Governor Bev Perdue’s office said the governor is expected to sign the change into law.

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As taxes could go up, the state’s gasoline tax likely will not go down next month. The House Monday night gave final approval to a Senate measure that would turn the current 29.9 cent cap on the gas tax to the minimum.

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Where are all the alligators coming from?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Researchers say the alligators have been here for millions of years, and it just might be us prompting the increase in alligator-human interaction by moving deeper into their habitat.

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Brunswick County shields personal e-mails

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

By Shelby Sebens,Shelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

When it comes to e-mails on a government system, it’s safe to assume nothing is private, attorneys with the N.C. Press Association say.Debate over whether personal e-mails are public records recently surfaced in Brunswick County after County Attorney Huey Marshall informed staff members that their personal e-mails are not public record.

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