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Archive for September, 2009

NC heating bills expected lower than last year

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina households can expect lower heating bills this winter as the recession forces energy costs down.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that slower economic activity has cut demand and forced energy producers to cut costs. Electricity and natural gas utilities have been able to lower their costs.

PSNC Energy is expected to charge 28 percent less, saving about $38 for the typical home natural gas bill.

Piedmont Natural Gas will charge about 16 percent less this winter.

Progress Energy is asking state regulators for a rate cut of less than 50 cents a month for the typical household.

Duke Energy, however, raised its rates about 5 percent this month.

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

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North Carolina households can expect lower heating bills this winter as the recession forces energy costs down.

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Community leaders hold forum for Leland residents

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Leland residents got an inside look at their town from community leaders Tuesday night. The first Leland community forum was held at town hall.

Residents heard reports from town officials, including the police chief and the public works director. They got their questions answered and learned what is going on in the various departments.

Residents said it was informative, and showed the work the town does for them behind the scenes.

Tom Mancari attended the community forum and said, “People ought to support the community and know what’s going on. A lot of people are very quick to criticize and I think it’s important to know the various departments and where to go for help.”

The meeting was the first of three Leland community forums, which are divided up based on neighborhoods.

Tuesday night’s focused on the part of town near Mallory Creek.

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Leland residents got an inside look at their town from community leaders Tuesday night. The first Leland community forum was held at town hall.

Residents heard reports from town officials, including the police chief and the public works director.

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NC governor ready to sign consumer protection law

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers soon will have new protections from foreclosures and intimidating debt collection practices.

Gov. Beverly Perdue planned Wednesday to sign into law a bill approved by the Legislature last month and backed by Attorney General Roy Cooper.

The Consumer Economic Protection Act allows a clerk of court to continue a foreclosure hearing for up to 60 days. The delay would give a homeowner more time to work out a payment plan with the mortgage holder or service so the debtor can remain in the home.

The bill also sets out new rules for companies that attempt to collect from consumers on old unpaid debts from credit cards or other unpaid bills. Cooper has said some debt buyers have gone too far in browbeating people to collect money.

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

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North Carolina consumers soon will have new protections from foreclosures and intimidating debt collection practices.

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Law enforcement in New Hanover and Brunswick kept busy over Labor Day holiday

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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The Labor Day holiday kept area law enforcement busy.

Over the course of a week-long operation, the Highway Patrol Division that covers New Hanover and Brunswick Counties made 95 DWI arrests. During an average week, it makes 20 to 30.

Highway patrol handed out a total of 700 citations last week, ranging from speeding to not wearing a seat belt.

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The Labor Day holiday kept area law enforcement busy.

Over the course of a week-long operation, the Highway Patrol Division that covers New Hanover and Brunswick Counties made 95 DWI arrests.

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Lack of fish bypass could hurt other Cape Fear River projects

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The Army Corps of Engineers’ perceived foot dragging in building a fish bypass on the Cape Fear River around Lock and Dam No. 1, which it agreed to construct 10 years ago, has gotten the agency into hot water.

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