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Archive for July, 2009

Wilmington weighs purchase of nine-hole golf course

Monday, July 13th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon,Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

The council is considering buying at least two swaths of land for city parks – a 3-plus-acre tract on the downtown riverfront and the 31-acre Inland Greens Golf Course property off Cardinal Drive.

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Area to get public transportation funds

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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More federal recovery money is headed to our region, this time, in the form of public transportation upgrades.

Senator Kay Hagan announced Monday that $2.5 million will go to the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority in Wilmington, which operates the Wave bus system.

The money will go be used to purchase two hybrid buses, two vans, and to build more bus shelters, and make other needed improvements.

In all, more than $52 million will be distributed to public transportation systems in North Carolina.

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More federal recovery money is headed to our region, this time, in the form of public transportation upgrades.

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Wilmington has gotten more than 7 inches of rain so far this month

Monday, July 13th, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro,Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Monday’s deluge added to an already soggy month for the Port City.So far, Wilmington has received more than three times as much rain this July as in the same period last year.As of Monday morning, 7.12 inches of rain had fallen at the Wilmington airport, compared to 2.16 inches for the same period last year.

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NC Legislature set for vote on state school board

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s General Assembly holds a joint session to confirm Gov. Beverly Perdue’s three nominations to the state Board of Education.

The House and Senate get together Monday night to vote on whether to accept Wayne McDevitt, Patricia Willoughby and Reginald Kenan. McDevitt and Willoughby have been on the board since 2001.

Reginald Kenan would become a new member of the state school board. He’s been on the Duplin County school board since 1989.

McDevitt was secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Department under Gov. Jim Hunt. Willoughby was the state Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction during
2004-05.

The governor appoints 11 of the 13 members of the board of education, which also includes the lieutenant governor and the state treasurer.

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

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North Carolina’s General Assembly holds a joint session to confirm Gov. Beverly Perdue’s three nominations to the state Board of Education.

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Money for crime victim compensation diverted

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Millions of dollars intended to compensate North Carolina crime victims has been diverted over the past ten years and instead gone to state and local treasuries.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that, in 1998, the General Assembly put crime victims first in line to receive money paid by probationers, parolees and prisoners. Judges often require people to pay fees after they are convicted.

Instead, officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts interpreted the law to put crime victims third in line, behind fees for probation and community service. An incorrect computer setting compounded that error and moved crime victims to sixth in line.

The new director of the AOC issued a directive ordering a reprogramming of the court’s computers to automatically fix the problem.

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

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Millions of dollars intended to compensate North Carolina crime victims has been diverted over the past ten years and instead gone to state and local treasuries.

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