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Archive for September, 2009

Bill-signing deadline approaching for NC governor

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue is running out of time to decide on bills left on her desk by the North Carolina General Assembly before it left town last month.

The state constitution gives Perdue until midnight Thursday to sign or veto legislation. Those not considered within the 30-day window automatically become law.

Perdue has left to consider five of the 108 bills given to her by the Legislature. One bill would make clear that requests made by General Assembly employees to state agencies are exempt from the public records law.

North Carolina was the last state in the country to give veto power to its governor, acting in 1997. A governor has issued vetoes nine times. The Legislature overrode one of those vetoes.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue is running out of time to decide on bills left on her desk by the North Carolina General Assembly before it left town last month.

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Two locals express caution about health care proposals

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

President Obama’s speech to Congress about health care reform drew mixed reaction Wednesday night from two men who watched it on television.

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Local arts programs get their share of $8M

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Arts programs and projects in North Carolina will get almost $8 million in grants from the state and federal governments.

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Strickland sells Corvette the day he makes bond

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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We now know a little bit more about Allen Strickland’s finances. He is the 17 year old from Tabor City, who bought a house and a Corvette with money given to him by State Senator RC Soles.

Strickland recently posted bail on a half million dollars bond, after being arrested for leading police on a high speed chase in his car.

The unemployed teenager would not comment on where he got the money to post that bail, but WWAY found out Wednesday he sold his Corvette on the same day he made bond.

The owners of P & C Wrecker, the impound lot where the car is being held, confirm they bought the Corvette from Strickland, but declined to say how much they paid for it.

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We now know a little bit more about Allen Strickland’s finances. He is the 17 year old from Tabor City, who bought a house and a Corvette with money given to him by State Senator RC Soles.

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Towing guidelines more friendly for those parking in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Carolina Beach is tackling an issue that always has its fair share of complaints; towing.

In a beach town, where everybody’s looking for a place to park, there is no shortage of parking regulations both in the town and in private lots, but some citizens have been concerned about predatory towing practices.

“I think a lot of the complaints stem from, ‘you know, I just pulled in there, to check-in, to I just pulled in to unload luggage’ or what have you, and those are valid complaints,” said Carolina Beach Town Manger Tim Owens.

Lifeguard Josh Fleming understands why some citizens are concerned. “I’ve definitely seen them circling around. I’ve had a few friends who have been loaded up and luckily got to the truck before their car was taken downtown.”

But after debating on the issue, the Town Council passed new regulations that attempt to make things a little bit more driver friendly.

The new towing ordinance still allows the towing companies to patrol private where they have a contact with the owner, but there are a few more restrictions being placed on the tow trucks.

All private lots must clearly post signs warning of towing risks. If a driver sees their car being towed away, the tow truck driver must lower a car if asked by the owner on-site, for a fee not exceeded twenty-five dollars. The impound lots must be available 24 hours for retrieval.

And finally, towing companies cannot be located more than twenty miles outside of Carolina Beach.

“I’m really glad that it has been looked at, and they’ve lowered the prices at least to get off the truck and they’re not allowed to go so far with your vehicle,” Fleming added.

Of course the best way to avoid getting towed, is to only park where you’re allowed.

Town Manager Tim Owens added that there is only so much the town can do about private parking lots; it’s largely an issue that needs to be resolved privately.

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videoIn a beach town, where everybody’s looking for a place to park, there is no shortage of parking regulations both in the town and in private lots, but some citizens have been concerned about predatory towing practices.

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