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Archive for September, 2009

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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Burgaw, county agree on U.S. 117 sewer line deal

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Burgaw’s commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the interlocal agreement at its regular meeting, and the Pender County commissioners also approved it.

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StarNews loses bid to recoup fees in lawsuit against New Hanover County

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The StarNews lost its bid to recover $12,000 in attorney’s fees from New Hanover County after winning a lawsuit that forced it to release the names of 27 government employees laid off to deal with steep budget cuts.

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