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Archive for July, 2009

Top 10 chefs – Matt Kahrs, Port City Chop House

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The 2009 Wilmington Magazine and StarNews Top Chef competition narrowed a field of 50 reader-nominated chefs down to your Top 10. As we count down to the Taste of Wilmington festival on July 19, we spotlight each of the chefs.

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Feds subpoena former NC governor’s staff e-mails

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for communication between former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley’s staff and the Division of Motor Vehicles in preparation for a grand jury session next week.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that a subpoena this week calls for all communications documents between the DMV and former high-level Easley aides and appointees.

A federal grand jury has been investigating issues surrounding Easley, whose term ended in January. Easley has said he is comfortable that authorities are looking into his years in office.

The subpoena seeks documents issued since Jan. 1, 2000.

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

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Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for communication between former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley’s staff and the Division of Motor Vehicles in preparation for a grand jury session next week.

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Progress Energy upset by Southport’s annexation decision

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The city of Southport pulled out of an annexation deal with Progress Energy last month, and the energy giant isn’t happy.

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Committee passes fix for coastal insurance program

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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There is some new hope for coastal county homeowners. The House Finance Committee has passed a patch for the underfunded Beach Plan, a vital insurance provider in coastal counties.

The bill that cleared committee Thursday would cap coverage maximums at $750,000 and would shift remaining rebuilding costs to all North Carolina policy holders – not just those in coastal counties.

The beach plan is intended to be an insurer of last resort.

Finance Committee Vice Chair Danny McComas of New Hanover County said Thursday night he hopes this bill will help get other insurance companies in here offering coverage.

It should go to the Full House early next week.

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There is some new hope for coastal county homeowners. The House Finance Committee has passed a patch for the underfunded Beach Plan, a vital insurance provider in coastal counties.

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Six names offered for NC transportation board

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue has offered six names to serve on a North Carolina Board of Transportation that’s focused now more on policy and less on individual projects.

Perdue’s office said the names have been submitted to legislative leaders, which is required before they can serve. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday they should be seated at
the board’s August meeting.

Her choices are Charles Watts of Durham; Charlotte developer John Collett; retired Army general Hugh Overholt of New Bern, Kinston businessman Leigh McNairy; Winston-Salem investor Ralph Womble; and real estate executive Wanda Proffitt.

Perdue ordered in January that the transportation board cede its authority to award highway construction projects to Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and focus more on road-building policy issues.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has offered six names to serve on a North Carolina Board of Transportation that’s focused now more on policy and less on individual projects.

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