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Wilmington City Council race has three new candidates

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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Three candidates threw their hat in the ring today for this year’s Wilmington City Council elections.

Incumbents Jim Quinn and Earl Sheridan signed the line for re-election while Charlie Rivenbark will once again join the race after taking a few years off.

Sheridan and Rivenbark used the announcement as an opportunity to raise some excitement for their campaigns. Quinn took a much quieter approach.

Each of these candidates has a list he’d like to accomplish.

“The convention center is not open yet, there’s still some work to be done there. The cape fear public utility authority is up and running, but there’s some work to be done there,” Quinn said.

Sheridan stated, “We need more economic development, affordable housing, things of this nature, so these are some things that need to be done, and I want to take four more years and see what I can accomplish with them.”

“Make the tough decisions, not going along just to get along, and trying to copy some of the successes we had from ’93 to 2001,” said Rivenbark.

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Three candidates threw their hat in the ring today for this year’s Wilmington City Council elections.

Incumbents Jim Quinn and Earl Sheridan signed the line for re-election while Charlie Rivenbark will once again join the race after taking a few years off.

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Wilmington crack dealer sentenced to 17 years in prison

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Raleigh | A 28-year-old man from Wilmington has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in federal prison for a drug conviction, officials said.

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Tests show TB outbreak contained at Brunswick jail

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

None of the people tested last week as part of an outbreak of tuberculosis in the Brunswick County jail show signs of being contagious, health officials said Tuesday.

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Soles discusses balancing the state budget

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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Negotiations continued in Raleigh Tuesday as state lawmakers try to find common ground on the budget.

Senator R.C. Soles said budget writers met for breakfast this morning as they try to figure out how to pay for the state’s expenses for the next two years.

After more than forty years in the state legislature, you’d think Senator Soles would have seen everything by now, but he says nothing compares to the state’s current budget problem. “I’ve seen good times and bad times. We’re certainly in bad times now, but we’re trying to do what’s right so eventually we can have good times again.”

The Tabor City democrat says the sticking point continues to be differing revenue packages in the House and Senate Finance Committee to pay for what the appropriations committees want to spend.

“The finance people are the Scrooge people, because they’re having to raise the taxes and enhance revenue, and the appropriations people are kind of like the Santa Claus that are giving it out.”

Soles has an interesting perspective; he’s on both committees. “The question now is can we possibly cut enough without destroying the programs and harming the state long range?”

Soles is interested in a Senate plan to broaden the tax base by getting some people used to paying no taxes to pay some tax. “It would be high-income people that have used certain deductions and things to keep from paying taxes. It would also be low-income who have never paid any, but there would be a certain round of people in the really low income that still wouldn’t pay any.”

He says it would raise about $600 million in revenue and let corporate and personal income and sales taxes come down.

Whatever the solution, Soles says it will take cooperation between both parties in both chambers and probably a few more days to finalize.

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videoSenator R.C. Soles said budget writers met for breakfast this morning as they try to figure out how to pay for the state’s expenses for the next two years.

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Pender horse owners give stallion to volunteer who helped nurse malnourished animals

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

It’s a happy horse tale after all.

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