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Perdue signs film incentive bill

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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North Carolina’s film industry just became a little more competitive. Thursday morning, Governor Bev Perdue put pen to paper, signing a bill that will boost the film tax credit from 15 to 25 percent.

Companies must spend a minimum of $ 250,000 on production costs in the state to be eligible for the tax credit.

The bill also sets minimum spending requirements for qualifying film companies working in the state.

Governor Perdue said this legislation is vital to the growth of the state’s motion picture industry and will preserve thousands of jobs for North Carolina residents.

It goes into effect in January.

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North Carolina’s film industry just became a little more competitive. Thursday morning, Governor Bev Perdue put pen to paper, signing a bill that will boost the film tax credit from 15 to 25 percent.

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Dog court hears case of pit bull

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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Four cases were heard at New Hanover County’s Animal Control Wednesday including one that involves an aggressive Carolina Beach pit bull.

Dog court was packed Wednesday night for a case that pitted a Carolina Beach neighborhood against Carmella Edwards and her attorney Jason Vaughn.

Edwards owns Deogie, a 6-year-old male pit bull.

Deogie killed a cat two months ago.

Ten days later the pit bull destroyed a dog.

Last year, the dog bit Jasmine McKee’s husband.

Jasmine is the plaintiff in the case and her neighborhood says enough is enough. “Our neighborhood is opening ourselves up for a lawsuit and that’s been stated and emailed to all of us. We’re scared to bring people over to our houses because of this dog.”

In order to save the dog’s life, the defendant offered to give up possession of Deogie. The plan involves cross-country travel.

“The dog will never return to Carolina Beach. The dog will be trained in Maryland and upon successful completion be placed in California. You may choose to euthanize the dog. I just ask that you choose not to euthanize the dog,” said attorney Jason Vaughn.

The decision now rests with the three dog panelists.

“I see a risk of flight if this dog left here. I cannot see with 13 weeks of training with a dog that’s a ticking time bomb is going to make that much difference and I’m not going to send a problem dog out to California,” said dog court panelist Joyce Bradley.

A lack of responsibility on the owner’s behalf apparently led to the final judgment. Deogie will be put down unless Carmella Edwards appeals to Superior Court.

Carmella Edwards has ten working days to appeal last night’s verdict. The panelists also upheld two euthanasia appeals and two dangerous dog appeals.

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videoFour cases were heard at New Hanover County’s Animal Control Wednesday including one that involves an aggressive Carolina Beach pit bull.

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Tank dropped by Marine helicopter spills fuel into the ocean

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

A Marine helicopter dropped a fuel tank in the ocean off Surf City Thursday afternoon, spilling 100 to 200 gallons of fuel into the water.

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CEO of Wilmington Housing Authority charged with DWI

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Police arrested the chief executive officer of the Wilmington Housing Authority last week and charged him with impaired driving, according to an arrest report from the Wilmington Police Department.

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Wrightsville, Carolina beaches win setback flexibility

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Gareth McGrath,Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The logic seems sound.Since pumping sand onto a beach artificially alters its natural ebb and flow as it’s battered by wind and waves, development along an engineered beach isn’t allowed any closer to the ocean than it would have been prior to the nourishment project.

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