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Archive for August, 2009

State rules on swine flu may change

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

With two New Hanover County schools already open and the rest set to start classes in three weeks, county health officials are waiting on changes to swine flu guidelines this fall.

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Hampstead meeting focuses on future growth

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Pender County officials will hold a public input meeting Thursday in Hampstead on the county plan for managing future growth.

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NC Senate takes up hurricane insurance plan fix

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The powerful head of the North Carolina Senate is turning his attention to the insurance woes of his neighbors now that the state budget is in hand.

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday takes up legislation fixing an underfunded coastal insurance program. The plan to beef up the Beach Plan includes tacking an extra charge on every property insurance policy in the state if there is a disastrous storm season.

Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County says a version that passed the House would lock in big insurance increases that have hurt his conttiuents. Basnight said he pays $4,000 a year on his three-bedroom house, and three-quarters of that is for wind coverage.

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

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The powerful head of the North Carolina Senate is turning his attention to the insurance woes of his neighbors now that the state budget is in hand.

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$10M bond reduced for man in Duke student killing

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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DURHAM — A North Carolina judge has reduced the bond amount for a 19-year-old man charged with killing a Duke University graduate student last year.

Multiple media outlets report that Superior Court Judge Orlando F. Hudson on Tuesday reduced Stephen Oates’ bond from $10 million to $1.5 million.

Oates is charged with murder and armed robbery in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato. Originally from Tatangar, India, Mahato was studying computational mechanics at the private school in Durham.

Prosecutors said Oates and Laurence Lovette robbed Mahato at his home in January 2008 and shot him in the head. Lovette also faces murder charges in the March 2008 death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

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

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A North Carolina judge has reduced the bond amount for a 19-year-old man charged with killing a Duke University graduate student last year.

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Snow’s Cut boat ramps to get new fishing pier with renovation

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

The Snow’s Cut public boat ramps in Carolina Beach will soon be closed for improvements. The state Wildlife Resources Commission alos plans to add a fishing pier at the busy site near Snow’s Cut Bridge.

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